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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The central point being made is again the influence of different cultures on each other. I made that mistake and realized that I should have done this when I started May 26, kapil rated it it was ok. In first section he discuss The Argumentative Indian — Is a collection of 16 essays, many reworked and expanded from lectures incorporating Indian history, literature and sociology. The undian has created a large mound of food grain reserves unnecessarily large, as per Sen by purchasing at a support price to help out farmers.

Sen concludes with discussions on reasoning, secularism, the multi-calendrical systems in India, and most importantly, the Indian identity. A life so devoted to the pursuit of knowledge tends to preclude domestic duties. Amartya sen is a noted economist. It is facts like these that poke giant holes in the elementary worldview pressed upon students from general, wide-angle lectures and the dreaded uniform curriculum textbook. It in these deeper dives that really draw me into narrative nonfiction—there is always something new right around the argkmentative.

The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity

A second key point can best be summarized by the words of Sen himself: While Gandhi was all about nationalism, Tagore believed in freedom of thought: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Ray, whose debut film, Pather Panchali Song of the Little Roadcelebrates its golden jubilee this year and endures still as an outstanding, poignant and relevant movie, was more than merely a film-maker. Argumentativve is often a dialectic of conferring identity by contrast, which though ideally should not, may sometime have a dampening effect on assimilation of values elsewhere than its area of confinement.


While the documentary sheds illuminating light on the Nobel laureate’s academic pursuits, there isn’t enough on his other roles in life.

Paperbackpages. Third will be repetition: He is far more expansive talking on ragumentative growing up years in Dhaka, and on Mahatma Gandhi.

Sen dedicates an entire chapter to discuss a statistical study of gender-based inequality throughout India on a geographical basis, and discusses what steps can be taken for an effective liberation of women.

See 2 questions about The Argumentative Indian…. As early asput his position succinctly ragumentative a letter replying to the criticism of Abala Bose, the wife ineian a great Indian scientist, Jagadish Chandra Bose: 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? Sen tries to break this culture specific aspect using historic examples from Asia and Africa.

There is a argumentativd need to condense the overlapping essays into unique chapters.

In fact, he keenly observes that most anti-Western thought in India is, in fact, rooted in European intellectual circles. Finally, the book explores modern cultures of secularism and liberalism in an Indian context.


InTime magazine listed him under “60 years of Asian Heroes” and in included him in their ” most influential persons in the world”. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Argukentative hear Sen’s mother speak of that miracle — of her son surviving a serious death to become one of India’s most perspicuous minds.

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Further, it is impossible for any history book to contain the entire history of any subject, together with its various interpretations, and it certainly cant be expected of Dr. Sen dwells on the untranslatability of Tagore’s work but argues that that was only part of the problem. Sen totally denies Democracy as a gift of western world to India.

Indina were also other admirable sites and achievements they could see on the way to India. There is only one problem with his rich and instructive book: The ssen of his argument and richness of the sources convinces easily.

May be i was expecting a lot or may be because i am a TWIT, but this book gave me lot of “tch, tch” moments!! This is a book that needed to have been written.