In sixteen linked essays, Nobel Prize–winning economist Amartya Sen discusses India’s intellectual and political heritage and how its argumentative tradition is. When Amartya Sen titles a book The Argumentative Indian, the reader naturally assumes something by way of an autobiography. (Or, as a friend teased. The Argumentative Indian, by Amartya Sen. India’s faith in freedom. By Pavan K Varma; Friday 12 August 0 comments.

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Sen is not trying to write a strictly academic work of history, philosophy, or even in his home field of economics although he has published in reputable philosophy journals in the past. Ved Prakash Certified Buyer 6 Nov, Also the essays in idnian compilation seem to have been formed over different time, occasions and narrative intentions, thus making some core substances slightly repetitive. Some verbal signposts to the global movement of ideas can be readily traced.

There is a desperate kndian to condense the overlapping essays into unique chapters. The phenomenon needs further examination by social scientists. Trivia About The Argumentative There were also other admirable sites and achievements they could see on the way to India. A third item is argumentatuve relevant for current policy debates in Western countries: Sometimes I worry that in aggressively promoting discussion, I am promoting a particularly Western way of interacting with the world around us.

I will not buy glass for the price of diamonds, and I will never allow patriotism to triumph over humanity as long as I live. Want to Argumentatibe saving…. Jun 18, Partha rated it did not like it. There are various kinds of inequities that exist in our country.

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All these descriptions apply equally well to me, so it is a project I desperately wish to succeed. 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.

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It is a very very good book that requires a little patience to read through. And it really is up to us to decide not to ‘discover’ which dimensions are the most important in the determination of who we are.

In the case of Tagore poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, educationist but chiefly known in the West as a poetthe revisionism happened very much during his lifetime. Much of this interplay rested on the platform of Buddhism. This is a book that will require you to pause, thinkturn back a few pages, make connections and then visualise the grand idea presented with a grand vision.

Four, the book is perpetually in a state of preparation. Those Buddhas and frescos were destroyed eleven months later. Nextly,i was impressed by his view of the Hindu religion. Opinionated, the book could have been brief.

An attempt is made to show how these divisions are not mutually exclusive of each other, and how they can be tackled. The book was an eye opener for me and prompted me to go back and read up on Indian history with a different eye.

Sen frequently mentions emperors like Ashoka and Akbar who has very “modern” ideas about religious tolerance.

For instance, India was a Buddhist country for about a years and how calling it a Hindu country by the political parties is not exactly true.

The Argumentative Indian

It however lacks contextual examples illuminating abstract sociological or philosophical concepts. Certified BuyerMathura. Conversations about Indian democracy, if taught at all, are ” attribute[d] to British influence despite the fact that such an influence should have worked similarly for a hundred other countries that emerged from an empire on which argumentativr sun used not to set.


It is basically a collection of incisive and insightful essays that Nobel prize winner Amartya Sen had written over his career. An incredibly exasperating aspect of this book is that it repeats itself far too often. I felt that Amratya Sen did not do justice to the book. Sen was best known for his work on the causes of famine, which led to the development of practical solutions for preventing or limiting the effects of real or perceived shortages of food.

There is a fascinating study of Indian calendars.

Sen’s mother comes forward with her cursory thoughts and she is specially disarming as she recalls her son’s phone call about winning the Nobel prize. This is where things begin to come unstuck a bit. The book starts with a historical backdrop of Indian culture. Amartya Sen illustrates the argumentative tradition in modern day using Gandhi and Tagorewho had a relationship of great respect for each other while sharing completely contradicting viewpoints towards nationalism, education, economy and many more.

I will be more than happy to take the argument further: When British India was partitioned, Pakistan chose to be an Islamic Republic, whereas India chose a secular constitution.

Surely those would be worth visiting. It is wrong to view India inddian a chiefly a mystical and spiritually inclined culture which did not contribute much to modern ideas. HE discusses India’s passion for nuclearization made Pakistan also pursue the same path but would he care to discuss the possibility of Pakistan pursuing the path and reaching the goal before India?