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

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The book is a collection of prize-winning essays on public debate and intellectual pluralism in Indian history.

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Basing The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture And Identity in as simple a tradition as Calcutta’s ‘addas’ or a gathering of people at street corners to discuss everything from politics to cricket, Amartya Sen explains that this spirit of discussion is deeply ingrained within the people of India. And it is this healthy expression of opinions, debates and discussions which involves India’s many ethnic groups, opines Sen, that will lead to the success of democracy and the downplaying of India's caste system and inequalities. He goes on to say that this acceptance, personal modification and rejection of another’s views is what makes Indians liberal in contradiction to the general view that it is a product of Western influence. In actuality, he says, Indians have a unique quality where they assimilate ideas from Western culture into their own.

Extensive is what one would say about the The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture And Identity, where Sen talks of Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray in his essays and how they are examples of liberal Indias. He openly challenges many widely held beliefs about Indians, like the belief that human rights are inherently Western concepts, and he does so with finesse and with a barrage of examples from old and modern India. He expresses many of his own views while politely arguing with the opinions put forth by influential people worldwide. The fact that he takes his readers through a variety of examples to prove his points is one of the book’s most interesting features.
What has to be said about the book is that it breaks away from the usual perceptions that both Westerners and Indian people have and provides readers with a new way of looking at India.

About Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen is a Nobel prize winning economist and philosopher.

Some of his most popular books include Poverty And Famines, On Ethics and Economics, Commodities and Capabilities, On Economic Inequality and Identity and Violence.

Sen is greatly influenced by Rabindranath Tagore and Martha Nussbaum among others. His works also have strong philosophical bases. He was quoted saying that many of his economic theories are closely related to philosophical morals.

He was born in 1933 in Santiniketan, West Bengal. He studied in Dhaka at St Gregory's School and later studied B.A. at Presidency College. He studied at Trinity College at Cambridge. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 for his work in social welfare and social choice theory. He is currently the Thomas W.Lamont University Professor at Harvard as well as the Professor of Economics and Philosophy. He also holds numerous distinguished positions in various colleges worldwide, including Chancellor of Nalanda International University and Professor of Economics at Stanford, Cornell and University of Oxford. He is best known for his work on the causes of famine which lead to studies on the cause and effect of food shortage in the country. He also helped develop the United Nations Human Development Index.

Specifications of The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture And Identity (English) (Paperback)

University Books Details
Specialization B.A(Sociology)
Book Details
Publisher St Martins Pr
ISBN-10 031242602X
Edition First Edition
Number of Pages 409 Pages
Publication Year 2006
Language English
ISBN-13 9780312426026
Binding Paperback
Dimensions
Weight 390 g
Height 0.76 inch
Width 5.56 inch
Contributors
Author Amartya Sen

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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 …
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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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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 th…
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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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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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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…
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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 wh…
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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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Ashutosh Pandey

Oct 15, 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
 

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