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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    India is a very diverse country with many distinct pursuits, vastly different convictions, widely divergent customs, and a veritable feast of view points.

    The Argumentative Indian brings together an illuminating selection of writings from Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen that outline the need to understand contemporary India in the light of its long argumentative tradition. The understanding and use of this rich argumentative tradition are critically important, Sen argues, for the success of India's democracy, the defence of its secular politics, the removal of inequalities related to class, caste, gender and community, and the pursuit of sub-continental peace.

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    • Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication Year
    • 2006
    Dimensions
    Width
    • 24 mm
    Height
    • 198 mm
    Length
    • 129 mm
    Weight
    • 315 gr
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    5

    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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    Ashik Salahudeen

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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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    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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    radhika naurvi

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    11 Sep, 2018

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    Waste of money!

    Very bad Quality....
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    Pratiksha Singh

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    Does the job

    Great essays. It's important to study both side of the coin to get a right prospective. But disappointed with the printing quality of the book I received.
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    Debasis Sahu

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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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    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 ...
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    Harikrishnan Nair

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    Questions and Answers
    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:useful for upsc?
    A:No... it's nothing to do with UPSC or any other examination
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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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