In sixteen linked essays, Nobel Prize–winning economist Amartya Sen discusses India’s intellectual and political heritage and how its argumentative tradition is. Nobel laureate Amartya Sen offers a brilliant corrective to the myths surrounding his homeland in The Argumentative Indian, says Soumya. Pankaj Mishra applauds Amartya Sen’s cosmopolitan view of India’s cultural and political history in The Argumentative Indian.

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Sen is not trying to write a strictly amatrya work of history, philosophy, or even in his home field of economics although he has published in reputable philosophy journals in the past. The second essay concerns the cinema of Satyajit Ray, one of India’s greatest film-makers. Others will go on speaking, and you will not be able to argue back.

Indeed, not only did Buddhism suggest that there were sources of wisdom well outside China, but it also led to the tendency of many Chinese intellectuals to go abroad, in particular to India, in search of enlightenment and understanding. It’s also great to see this tendency put in a larger cultural, political, historical, and religious context, something that narrowly-focused academics like me probably don’t do enough.

Acutely sensitive to class in his analysis of economic inequality, Sen rarely considers it in his political commentary, which often has a certain abstract quality: It gives the reader a wholesome experience about India. Statistics pertaining to mortality and ratio of women per men are examined to study the attitude towards the gender.

The essays do not have a cohesive thread throughout. It in these deeper dives that really draw me into narrative nonfiction—there is always something new right around the corner. But as a popular academic book that touches on issues that ought to be of intense interest both within and without India, I highly recommend it. The essay narrative is not trying to impart some sort of uniqueness in Indian history or to side-line democracy as a Western gift, but argues that the it becomes easier to impart and preserve democratic principles where traditions of public discussions exists, West and East alike.

Sen reminds us that there are at least two approaches to secularism: It was, simply put, an articulate promotion for the value of the history of acceptance of heterogeny in India as part of the author’s larger ideological framework and as a pointed criticism of the contemporary Hindutva movement, with beautiful threads of Indian history and culture woven in throughout.


He develops these themes further with his usual clarity and wisdom in his new book. Five, the book almost restarts with every essay.

A collection of essays can work but this one just didn’t. Surely those would be worth visiting. But are these cultural and economic projects really so far apart?

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About Nuclearization – Again HE got a problem with right wing’s philia with the bomb and he argues that the risk amartyx increased because both the countries have nuclearized but he doesn’t realize that there has always been a risk when you got a psycho neighbor. An attempt is made to show how these divisions idian not mutually exclusive of each other, and how they can be tackled.

Educated at Rabindranath Tagore’s experimental school, Shantiniketan where the earlier Bengali Nobelist prophetically dubbed Sen “Amartya,” or “immortal”and at Cambridge University, the first non-English Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, the holder of two named professorships at Harvard, film buff, cricket fan and voracious aryumentative, Sen embodies the yearning for heterodox learning.

Do not waste you precious reading time on this book. Pages to import images to Wikidata. 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.

There is only one problem with his rich and instructive book: There were also other admirable sites and achievements they could see on the way to India. Sen tries to break this culture specific aspect using historic examples from Asia and Africa.

There can, then, be few people better equipped than this Lamont University Professor at Harvard to write about India and the Indian identity, especially at a time when the argumentarive of India as a land of exoticism and mysticism is being supplanted with argumentatjve stereotype of India as zmartya back office of the world.

This is also the perfect example of the kind of book to not write. I was a little skeptical of whether I would find this interesting. Second, why should the countries with Nuclear weapons champion the cause of nuclear disarmament of others countries while doing nothing about their own nuclear stockpile?

Some of the essays do go on a bit long Sen has been a professor for a long time and he’s as guilty as anyone of the intense loquaciousness that he describes in the book.


Published September 5th by Picador first published I found this statement to apply to Mr. The most refreshing argument is made in India itself. Feb 19, Savitha Rengabashyam rated it really liked it. His balanced standpoint when it comes to Indian culture and western influence.

Would be happy to hear your comments. In the final chapter of this part, Dr. Amaftya refutes the misconception of India as a Hindu-dominated country on which the foreign invaders imposed their rule and destroyed barbarically its culture and values.

Argumentayive of the big surprises of the last decades has been the return with a vengeance of identity politics. Jul 20, Laurent Franckx rated it liked it. There is a strong tendency to see Western cultures as “individualistic” while Asians are supposedly more “community focused” and “consensus seeking”.

The Argumentative Indian will provide a new dimension and perspective to that perception. That the text is proffered in nugget-sized chunklets is not the only siren song of social networking systems—there is an ever-present promise of interactivity.

One of the factors that tends to affect this most is their lack of ownership rights. Jul 01, Sheela Lal rated it did not like it Shelves: According to some of these dimensions, we may well feel closer to some people living on the opposite side of the planet than to our neighbours.

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Even though India has a strong Hindu majority, it cannot be qualified as a “Hindu country” especially as Sen argues that a significant number of Hindus are merely ‘culturally’ Hindu. And even if he had named others, it would still have to be asked, if only for the sake of argument, whether they can be heard above the din of a media increasingly influenced by the Murdoch model, and preoccupied with stock markets, information technology tycoons, beauty queens, Bollywood starlets, fashion models and other celebrities.

The history is basic. Sharing of ideas between countries, tolerance towards other religious beliefs, rational thinking and scientific discoveries are as much a part of Indian history as the west.