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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When discussing the cultural drift of Buddhism, The Argumentative Indian referenced something that tripped my kismet alarm: Sen I have had the opportunity of reading. The essays here suffer collectively because the efforts made to have each of them stand independently lend the book an unfortu Dr.

As a philosophy professor who atgumentative on Indian philosophy, I particularly love the focus in many argumentstive the essay India has always been a diverse place, which is a big part of why that part of the world fascinates me so much.

The comments on the back of the book claim a lot about this being the best account of Indian history that must be read agrumentative every Indian. 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 the sun used not to set.

All that the author ever tries to do is to prove that India is not as great as it is zmartya to be by Hindu Nationalists and it is not as worse as it was portrayed to be by Western racists — like James Mill and Winston Churchill.


Book Review: The Argumentative Indian by Amartya Sen

He seems obsessed with Hindu “fundamentalism” and his native Bengali culture. Published September 5th by Picador first published Sen argues that our pluralistic tradition faces grievous threat from those votaries of Hindutava who argue that due to its vintage and size, Hindus must be pre-eminent in India.

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. Far too many Indians are lost in the glory and injustice of the past and refuse to look to the future, he says.

The Argumentative Indian

I do not differ from him on the Hindutava world view. Sen argues that, in the Indian approach to secularism, such a ban would not be justified.

Others are more focused on specific topics, such as Tagore, argumentativd, the Indian calendar sthe atomic bomb. Probably I am not a ‘calendar-person’ after-all.

The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity by Amartya Sen

Similarly, the Mughal emperor Akbar promoted religious tolerance in the sixteenth century, well before the European enlightenment. Only for plus members Get exciting benefits. He also cites the current policy on food-grain procurement as an example of how the lower strata of society are most adversely affected by policies purportedly designed to help them.

It requires from the reader a dedication to break through the same thematic openings and approach the same revelatory summits each time; it is sitting down with an album of remixes—you have to be really into the amartyq to even recognize, let alone appreciate, the subtle differences. Aug 08, Neeraj Bali rated it really liked it.


The government has created a large mound of food grain reserves unnecessarily large, as per Sen by purchasing at a support price to help out farmers. I understand that Sen put them all together in one book, but if he had edited them to reduce redundancy, that would have made it easier to read. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Insight into Amartya Sen’s genius. Return to Book Page. He also digs in Secularism and inequality.

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Sen frequently mentions emperors like Ashoka and Akbar who has very “modern” ideas about religious tolerance. In the final chapter of this part, Dr.

Each chapter is stand-alone; you will undoubtedly pull the fantastic knowledge from the trove, but the cost is high: Aug 07, Jashan Singhal rated it liked it. However, as Sen shows, Indian has a very long history of not just public debate but also religious diversity. I particularly liked the essay about Rabindranath Tagore, the man who wrote our national anthem, who stood strongly against patriotism and nationalism. Martha Nussbaum says the book “demonstrates the importance of public debate in Indian traditions generally.

Really got me thinking as to who we really are, and how can we define ourselves?