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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Although the conversations per se are illuminating and deeply reflective of Sen’s intellect, I craved for more insight into his heart rather than amarty almost entirely on the mind.

Surely amaryta would be worth visiting. Since India has been especially fortunate in having a long tradition of public arguments, with toleration of heterodoxy, it has been effective in India. Only for plus members Get exciting benefits. The understanding and use of this rich argumentative tradition are critically important, Sen argues, 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.

Two, there are close to no statistics supporting most arguments except the essay on the two sexes I suspect those were easier to procure. The second — more severe — view insists that the state must not have any relation at all with any religion. 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 stereotype of India as a land of exoticism and mysticism is being supplanted with the stereotype of India as the back office of the world.

The thriving of these cultures has been often championed by active healthy debates and arguments to resolve issues and develop a tolerance and respect towards each other.

I will not suggest argu,entative book to neophyte reader. In first section he discusses about many things of which I found relevance of democracy and public reasoning interesting.

Insight into Amartya Sen’s genius. Jun 30, Siri rated it really liked it Shelves: A few examples are repeated frequently. This is in no way an easy read but surely a book on history emphasizing reasoning over traditions deserves our attention.

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

To ask other readers questions about The Argumentative Indianplease sign up. 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 indoan.

Whichever literary framework you prefer, it must be said that Professor Sen is not an effortless writer. But where are Sen’s two daughters? There is a strong tendency to see Western cultures as “individualistic” while Asians are supposedly more “community focused” and “consensus seeking”.

Indeed, not only argumenyative 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.

The perception of India in the West and, indeed, among Indians themselves has never been more amorphous as it is now. Except for the chapter on Indian calendars, I sailed smoothly through the manuscript. 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.

For Sen believes that where argument lives, skepticism thrives, and fundamentalism must inevitably fail. This is a amartyw view of a broad and generous Hinduism, which contrasts sharply with the narrow and bellicose versions that are currently on offer, led particularly by parts of the Hindutva movement’.

Aug 07, Jashan Singhal rated it liked it.

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The criss-cross referencing that ruins the flow of the work is a curse too. Nehru takes you through Indian history like a friend. View all 7 comments. The idea of an old,traditional, mystic India is incomplete. Oh well ‘welfare economists’ don’t deal with this shit i guess? It however lacks contextual examples illuminating abstract sociological or philosophical concepts.

All the essays revolve around one or all of the below points though the titles are different: Argumentative Indian deals with identity of Indian nationality and future of Indian culture atgumentative the present …more each book deals with different subjects. A Natural History of the Palette —a mere two books prior in my library queue—brought me face-to-face with cruel truth of the Bamiyan Buddhas: Sen I have had the opportunity of reading.

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The Argumentative Indian

They did it because Germany was allegedly building one as I heard Richard Feynman saying that it was the reason given to him by others who asked him to join that programme.

What I didn’t like about the book? Lets start with secularism, his holiness enumerates many of Hindutva’s problems with secularism, all fine but he completely misses the points discuss on what secularism argumetnative function like.

It would be no surprise if it were to become as defining and as influential a work as Edward Said’s Orientalism.

Books by Amartya Sen. It prompted the revelation that I knew almost nothing about India.

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

Sen’s tone is heartwarmingly celebratory in two essays, which talk about two figures who are exemplars of the heterodoxy that reflects the best of the Indian tradition. Some of the essays are a bit fluffy in terms of their scholarship.

Not to be missed by any Indian.

Asking questions is important, yes! It appears that there is a clear bias against having a girl child in Indian states in the North and the West as compared to the states in the East and the South. He believes that we shouldn’t indiwn Indian culture Premise of the book -Indians have been historically argumentative in nature, and the author explore how this attitude of heterodoxy has shaped the political, economic and cultural scenario of contemporary India.

Others are more focused on wmartya topics, such as Tagore, cinema, the Indian calendar sthe atomic bomb.