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Argumentative Indian,The: Writings on Indian Culture, History and Identity (English)

Author: Amartya Sen
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In The Argumentative Indian, Amartya Sen showed that India has always had a tradition of sceptical argument, which is vital to understanding its place in the world. Brilliantly argued and utterly original, this book remains the Nobel-Prize-winning author’s most popular work.

About the Author
Amartya Sen is Lamont University Professor, Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1998 to 2004. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics and in 1999 he was conferred the Bharat Ratna. His many books include Development as Freedom, Rationality and Freedom, The Argumentative Indian and Identity and Violence.

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Author Amartya Sen
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Publisher PENGUIN POPULAR CLASSIC
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9780143418030
ISBN-10 0143418033
Language English
Edition 1st Edition
Binding Paperback
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Hari Warrier
28 May 2012
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India and her culture - Amartya Sen at his most eloquent

The book is a collection of essays on contemporary India, its plurality, culture and argumentative tradition, written by author over a period of time. All of the essays bear the hallmarks of author's authoritative scholarly range over such topics as social economic theory, ethics and political philosophy, welfare economics, development economics, public health, and gender studies. These essays are part academic study, but is often enlivened by (eg: essay on Tagore, Satyajit Ray) his personal recollections and a deep admiration for the traditions and broad Indian culture that has made him a... ()

The book is a collection of essays on contemporary India, its plurality, culture and argumentative tradition, written by author over a period of time. All of the essays bear the hallmarks of author's authoritative scholarly range over such topics as social economic theory, ethics and political philosophy, welfare economics, development economics, public health, and gender studies. These essays are part academic study, but is often enlivened by (eg: essay on Tagore, Satyajit Ray) his personal recollections and a deep admiration for the traditions and broad Indian culture that has made him a...
The book is a collection of essays on contemporary India, its plurality, culture and argumentative tradition, written by author over a period of time. All of the essays bear the hallmarks of author's authoritative scholarly range over such topics as social economic theory, ethics and political philosophy, welfare economics, development economics, public health, and gender studies. These essays are part academic study, but is often enlivened by (eg: essay on Tagore, Satyajit Ray) his personal recollections and a deep admiration for the traditions and broad Indian culture that has made him an economist of a different class altogether. This book has been criticized over selective reading of historic facts that generally suits author's own thesis of the multicultural and inclusive Indian identity, but that criticism fades away after reading what we (a reader) see as the author's unconditional optimism about the virtues of democratic values in human life and the need to sustain this wonderful tradition in future.

This knowledge, distilled from his study of Indian culture is quite possibly an apt lesson for a world citizen.

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Merajul Hasan
30 Apr 2012
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Great Reading ! A must for Every Indian.

The books deals Indian History & Culture in the perspective in which the emphasis has been given on highlighting the secular contribution like science , mathematics, astronomy ,literature etc of India to the world and stand taken by Indian Intellectuals vis a vis their counterparts in the world on these subject across the ages . It has tried to change the paradigm of western way of looking at India where it is primarily perceived as a land of Spiritualism & Mysticism and instead the book has tried to highlight the secular contribution(and hence Identity) of India with its histori... ()

The books deals Indian History & Culture in the perspective in which the emphasis has been given on highlighting the secular contribution like science , mathematics, astronomy ,literature etc of India to the world and stand taken by Indian Intellectuals vis a vis their counterparts in the world on these subject across the ages . It has tried to change the paradigm of western way of looking at India where it is primarily perceived as a land of Spiritualism & Mysticism and instead the book has tried to highlight the secular contribution(and hence Identity) of India with its histori...
The books deals Indian History & Culture in the perspective in which the emphasis has been given on highlighting the secular contribution like science , mathematics, astronomy ,literature etc of India to the world and stand taken by Indian Intellectuals vis a vis their counterparts in the world on these subject across the ages . It has tried to change the paradigm of western way of looking at India where it is primarily perceived as a land of Spiritualism & Mysticism and instead the book has tried to highlight the secular contribution(and hence Identity) of India with its historical tradition of relying on reasoning, debate, heterodoxy, pluralism etc.That current political ideology of some sections of Indian polity is helping this narrow political western viewpoint by presenting an isolationist Indian history & culture being contributed only by single culture .The ancient Indo-Chinese interaction has been dealt in length which otherwise is left in other books due to over stress on western interactions. The book also covers in detail gender inequality and class difference putting forward important statistics making it an insightful reading. Pluralism, present iconoclasm about secularism and Indian Identity, individually and collectively , has been covered very well.

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Rajroop Bhattacharya
24 Dec 2012
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A complete review of the Indian Culture, religion and economy

The author lives up to his name of being a nobel laureate. This is a must read for IAS aspirants, good stuff and insight for GDs and for all those who want to know why our country today is the way that it is.

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Murthy Mandavilli
21 Nov 2012
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Review of "The Argumentative Indian"

Argumentative Indian is a masterpiece on skepticism of Indian culture and tradition which was narrated by the Nobel prize winner in a striking manner. It also deals with the traditional history of Indian over two and half millennia. There is a lot of controversy over the religions that were born in India and the religions that came into India due to the Foreign invasions and Amartya Sen has given a complete cognition in a precise manner that is acceptable by all Indians. Amartya Sen has given the views of some of the greatest Indians such as the Mahatma and Gurudev "Tagore" who... ()

Argumentative Indian is a masterpiece on skepticism of Indian culture and tradition which was narrated by the Nobel prize winner in a striking manner. It also deals with the traditional history of Indian over two and half millennia. There is a lot of controversy over the religions that were born in India and the religions that came into India due to the Foreign invasions and Amartya Sen has given a complete cognition in a precise manner that is acceptable by all Indians. Amartya Sen has given the views of some of the greatest Indians such as the Mahatma and Gurudev "Tagore" who...
Argumentative Indian is a masterpiece on skepticism of Indian culture and tradition which was narrated by the Nobel prize winner in a striking manner. It also deals with the traditional history of Indian over two and half millennia. There is a lot of controversy over the religions that were born in India and the religions that came into India due to the Foreign invasions and Amartya Sen has given a complete cognition in a precise manner that is acceptable by all Indians. Amartya Sen has given the views of some of the greatest Indians such as the Mahatma and Gurudev "Tagore" who are of the same era. He has also included the scenario at time of BJP led India from 1998-2004. Obviously I can say that it is a book that can be admired by all Indians.

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Khajan Yadav
01 May 2014
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Excellent source to interpret contemporary India in light of historical events

This book is an excellent assortment of essays on crucial social and cultural issues by Dr. Amritya Sen. The facts and rationale used to explain underlying topic is exemplary. Many essays are quite relevant in contemporary India and urges us to look for and different dimension of the issue at hand. I think the ways rationale was backed with multiple references from history dating back to 400 CE makes this book as an exceptional read. I feel delighted while skimming pages of this book.
Must read for those who have interest in history of Indian culture and social scenario

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