The Argumentative Indian

The Argumentative Indian (English, Paperback, FBA Sen Amartya)

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The Argumentative Indian  (English, Paperback, FBA Sen Amartya)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
    • Genre: History
    • ISBN: 9780141012117, 0141012110
    • Edition: 2006
    • Pages: 432
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    The book is a collection of prize-winning essays on public debate and intellectual pluralism in Indian history.

    Summary Of The Book

    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.

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    Book Details
    Imprint
    • Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication Year
    • 2006
    Dimensions
    Width
    • 24 mm
    Height
    • 198 mm
    Length
    • 129 mm
    Weight
    • 315 gr
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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 ...
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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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    Mind-blowing purchase

    Book is undoubtedly one of the finest work, but Flipkart is selling a pirated copy so please avoid buying it from Flipkart.
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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 wonderful read, especially to anyone who's interested of India's present societal structure as well as the mystic land India is or has become one.
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    Suvendhu Patra

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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 helpf...
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    Ved Prakash

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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, Afghan...
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    Ashutosh Sharma

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    Waste of money!

    Very bad Quality....
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    Pratiksha Singh

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    Got Pirated copy of book

    The copy of the book which I got is of very low quality. It seems to be a pirated copy. This is a cheating
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    Harishchandra Akarte

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    Waste of money!

    This Is One Of Most Boring Books I Have Ever Read. This Is Totally A Direction less , Useless Argumentation. This Book Is Neither On The History Nor On The Indian Culture.

    This Is Purely An Academic Study Of Topics That Author Wishes To Address. There Is No Fluidity In The Content.

    One Of the worst argumentative Indians I have ever come across. Amartya Sen Should Stick to study of economics.

    How can this book be a international best seller? Is it because of the attractive book title?

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    thiyagu easwaran

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    Very bad quality

    very bad paper quality, book i got having very poor paper quality looks like duplicate copy is delivered .Not worth buying through flipkart.
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    Q:useful for upsc?
    A:No... it's nothing to do with UPSC or any other examination
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    Q:Is there 334 pages in your book?
    A:Technically no, the last chapter is from page no. 334 to 356, but if I'll include notes and indices then there will be a total of 409 pages.
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    Q:How many pase have this book??
    A:total 409 pages out of which 60 odds are for notes.
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