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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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    From Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen, The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian Culture, History and Identity brings together an illuminating selection of writings on contemporary India. India is an immensely diverse country with many distinct pursuits, vastly different convictions, widely divergent customs and a veritable feast of viewpoints. Out of these conflicting views spring a rich tradition of skeptical argument and cultural achievement which is critically important, argues Amartya Sen, 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. 'Profound and stimulating ... the product of a great mind at the peak of its power' William Dalrymple, Sunday Times 'One of the most influential public thinkers of our times...This is a book that needed to have been written...It would be no surprise if it were to become as defining and as influential as work as Edward Said's Orientalism' Soumya Bhattacharya, Observer 'The winner of the 1998 Nobel prize in economics is a star in India ... he deserves the recognition ... shows that the argumentative gene is not just a part of India's make-up that can easily be wished away' The Economist Amartya Sen is Lamont University Professor at Harvard. He won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 and was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge 1998-2004. His most recent books are The Idea of Justice, Identity and Violence and Development as Freedom. His books have been translated into thirty languages.
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    • Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication Year
    • 2006
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    • 24 mm
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    • 198 mm
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    • 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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    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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    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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    radhika naurvi

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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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    Flipkart Customer

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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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    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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