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

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Author: Amartya Sen
Language: English
Publisher: PENGUIN POPULAR CLASSIC
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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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Publisher PENGUIN POPULAR CLASSIC
ISBN-10 0143418033
Edition 1st Edition
Publication Year 2012
Language English
ISBN-13 9780143418030
Binding Paperback
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Author Amartya Sen
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Arun Kumar

Dec 19, 2014

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readablity issue

i found this book less readable. after reading some 20-25 pages i kept it on the self for re-reading after few months. i think the topic is very interesting and informative but the language of the book should have been less academic.
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Jithin Scaria

Jun 12, 2014

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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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Khajan Yadav

May 1, 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… (View complete review)
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Suvendhu

Mar 30, 2014

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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 wonderfu… (View complete review)
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kanchan sinha

Mar 26, 2014

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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.

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Prabhakar Kumar

Mar 4, 2014

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Doesn't deserve the rating (e-books) !!!!!

So horrible you are, dear Flipkart !!!!
If you want to go for this book actually.. better go for hard-copy, never ever go for (Flipkart) e-books.
These books are e-books just for the name sake... and having an e-pub .. format,... It may look like getting an item... but trust me you can have almost the same at google books and that also without any cost. :)
I love reading e-books but will never suggest you going through these.
These are incompatible and totally waste of time talking about these.
What kind of analysis you will make if you can't even get the compilation of you
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Ashik Salahudeen

Jan 11, 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.
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Hari Warrier

May 28, 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 an e
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Swaprava Nath

Nov 1, 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, t
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Merajul Hasan

Apr 30, 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 historical traditi
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Ashutosh Sharma

Jun 15, 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 expl
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Harikrishnan Nair

Feb 21, 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 are preparing
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Rajroop Bhattacharya

Dec 24, 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

Nov 21, 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 are of the sa
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Ved Prakash

Nov 6, 2013

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Fantastic overview of the intellectual heritage of India.

I had ordered this book a year back and it took me almost a year to finish it. That is to say, this is not an easy read , especially if you are acquainted with modern books that are easy on the readers intellect and time. This is a book that will require you to pause, think , turn back a few pages, make connections and then visualise the grand idea presented with a grand vision.

This book is not a bedtime read. So a somewhat familiarity with philosophy or cultural studies would be very helpful for the fresh readers.

Although some of his ideas may seem alien to us and the conclusions/correla
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