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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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May 1, 2014
Excellent source to interpret contemporary India in light of historical events
Mar 30, 2014
Phenomenal analysis by Sen
Mar 26, 2014
A Masterpiece by the master.
Mar 4, 2014
Doesn't deserve the rating (e-books) !!!!!So horrible you are, dear Flipkart !!!!
Jan 11, 2012
The Argumentative Indian is an excellent and recommended readThis 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.
May 28, 2012
India and her culture - Amartya Sen at his most eloquentThe 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… (Expand)
Nov 1, 2011
One of the most amazing works by SenThe 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… (Expand)
Apr 30, 2012
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… (Expand)
Jun 15, 2012
A fresh look at the historyThe 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.
Feb 21, 2012
Very thoroughI 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.
Dec 24, 2012
A complete review of the Indian Culture, religion and economyThe 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.
Nov 21, 2012
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… (Expand)
Nov 6, 2013
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.