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Argumentative Indian (English)

Author: Amartya Sen
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Language: English
Length: 432 Pages
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India is a very diverse country with many distinct pursuits, vastly different convictions, widely divergent customs, and a veritable feast of view points.

The Argumentative Indian brings together an illuminating selection of writings from Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen that outline the need to understand contemporary India in the light of its long argumentative tradition. The understanding and use of this rich argumentative tradition are critically important, Sen argues, for the success of India's democracy, the defence of its secular politics, the removal of inequalities related to class, caste, gender and community, and the pursuit of sub-continental peace.

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Contributors
Author Amartya Sen
Book Details
Publisher Penguin Books
Imprint Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Year 2006 August
ISBN-13 9780141012117
ISBN-10 0141012110
Language English
Edition 1stEdition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 432 Pages
Dimensions
Width 5.15 inch
Height 7.63 inch
Depth 1.14 inch
Weight 315.0 Grams
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Swaprava Nath
01 Nov 2011
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One of the most amazing works by Sen

The book starts with a historical backdrop of Indian culture. It is a collection of his wonderful essays on India, given as lectures or published as chapters/ papers in different places. However, the connection is very nicely captured in this book. For example, the history of arguments between Tagore and Gandhi, the recent history of the government to change the history of India in the school textbooks or the reasoning about the skewed male-female ratios in different states of India has been depicted with very careful analysis. Some part of the book I found hard to follow, even as an Indian... ()

The book starts with a historical backdrop of Indian culture. It is a collection of his wonderful essays on India, given as lectures or published as chapters/ papers in different places. However, the connection is very nicely captured in this book. For example, the history of arguments between Tagore and Gandhi, the recent history of the government to change the history of India in the school textbooks or the reasoning about the skewed male-female ratios in different states of India has been depicted with very careful analysis. Some part of the book I found hard to follow, even as an Indian...
The book starts with a historical backdrop of Indian culture. It is a collection of his wonderful essays on India, given as lectures or published as chapters/ papers in different places. However, the connection is very nicely captured in this book. For example, the history of arguments between Tagore and Gandhi, the recent history of the government to change the history of India in the school textbooks or the reasoning about the skewed male-female ratios in different states of India has been depicted with very careful analysis. Some part of the book I found hard to follow, even as an Indian, the other parts are easier, since they are already quite close to my heart, and some parts are simply amazing ... the class of Sen.

67% of 12 users found this review helpful.
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Ashutosh Sharma
15 Jun 2012
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A fresh look at the history

The book gives us a glimpse in to the early history and culture of India and to a certain extent its impact on the individuals and our country. We have been spoonfed a few things at such a young stage that we simply accept them hard facts and never question them. For instance, India was a Buddhist country for about a 1000 years and how calling it a Hindu country by the political parties is not exactly true. Similarly, the greatest Sanskrit scholar Panini was actually born around Kabul, Afghanistan and not in the heartland of hindi speaking states.

The relationship of Tagore and Gandhi is e...
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The book gives us a glimpse in to the early history and culture of India and to a certain extent its impact on the individuals and our country. We have been spoonfed a few things at such a young stage that we simply accept them hard facts and never question them. For instance, India was a Buddhist country for about a 1000 years and how calling it a Hindu country by the political parties is not exactly true. Similarly, the greatest Sanskrit scholar Panini was actually born around Kabul, Afghanistan and not in the heartland of hindi speaking states.

The relationship of Tagore and Gandhi is e...
The book gives us a glimpse in to the early history and culture of India and to a certain extent its impact on the individuals and our country. We have been spoonfed a few things at such a young stage that we simply accept them hard facts and never question them. For instance, India was a Buddhist country for about a 1000 years and how calling it a Hindu country by the political parties is not exactly true. Similarly, the greatest Sanskrit scholar Panini was actually born around Kabul, Afghanistan and not in the heartland of hindi speaking states.

The relationship of Tagore and Gandhi is explained well too. There are obviously some biases originating from author's views, and which are unavoidable by any author that attempts to write.

In short, I will recommend this book.

4 of 6 users found this review helpful.
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Harikrishnan Nair
21 Feb 2012
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Very thorough

I was a little skeptical of whether I would find this interesting. Not being a non fiction reader for most part of my life, I thought I was taking a gamble. Well, this was a gamble that paid off. It is a very very good book that requires a little patience to read through. Although I would like a word against Mr. Sen for sticking on to "Hindu Extremism" for quite a while during the first few chapters which probably required deeper investigation.

However, apart from that very minute lapse, I feel this is a very authoritative book from a well arguing man!

Must read for those who a...
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I was a little skeptical of whether I would find this interesting. Not being a non fiction reader for most part of my life, I thought I was taking a gamble. Well, this was a gamble that paid off. It is a very very good book that requires a little patience to read through. Although I would like a word against Mr. Sen for sticking on to "Hindu Extremism" for quite a while during the first few chapters which probably required deeper investigation.

However, apart from that very minute lapse, I feel this is a very authoritative book from a well arguing man!

Must read for those who a...
I was a little skeptical of whether I would find this interesting. Not being a non fiction reader for most part of my life, I thought I was taking a gamble. Well, this was a gamble that paid off. It is a very very good book that requires a little patience to read through. Although I would like a word against Mr. Sen for sticking on to "Hindu Extremism" for quite a while during the first few chapters which probably required deeper investigation.

However, apart from that very minute lapse, I feel this is a very authoritative book from a well arguing man!

Must read for those who are preparing for competitive exams and those who would like to a critical glimpse at India and her citizens

4 of 8 users found this review helpful.
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Ashik Salahudeen
11 Jan 2012
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The Argumentative Indian is an excellent and recommended read

This was my first encounter with Amartya Sen. I bought the book from Flipkart because I had read it earlier from a library and wanted it for myself. The book was an eye opener for me and prompted me to go back and read up on Indian history with a different eye. This is a must have for Indians and those who are trying to understand the cultures in India.

1 of 1 users found this review helpful.
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Ashutosh Pandey
15 Oct 2013
Totally biased book..

Mr Amartya Sen has written a book which is only looking at one side of coin.He cant recall any other riot in India other than 2002 Gujarat (which he mentioned at least 100 times in the book).Pathetic book have lost all respect for Mr Sen.

Why don't you just join Congress??
Giving 1 star as cant give less than that

3 of 6 users found this review helpful.

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Jithin Scaria
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Brilliant

A must read
Dr. Sen eloquently educates about our long forgotten argumentative tradition and throws light
into what ails modern India .
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Suvendhu
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Phenomenal analysis by Sen

Asking questions is important, yes! asking the impartial ones I guess, that is all Sen's work is about. I was never much aware of India's intellectual hertiage or for that matter, India's record in spirituality. Sen's thorough examination of India's past, stereotypes-then and now makes it a wonde... (View complete review)

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A Masterpiece by the master.

Needs no words to describe it. As expected master showing his genius and reach through this great book. (View complete review)

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santosh
28 Feb 2014
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Awesome book

I would just like to say every Indian should must read this book. This book is very well written by Amartya Sen. Good analysis of Indian system. (View complete review)

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Mohit S
29 Dec 2013
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An off-track take on Indian history- Indian attitude and nature

A book which discusses the history and culture of India under a completely different microscope-finding the hidden quality of curiousness, inquisitiveness, questioning the established and unaccomplished alike.
It is this very argumentative attitude which we seem to have been losing for years now,...
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