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

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Penguin Books Limited, Jul 27, 2006 - History - 432 pages
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India is a very diverse country with many distinct pursuits, vastly different convictions, widely divergent customs, and a veritable feast of viewpoints. 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.

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.

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It was refreshing to read about India's history, culture and identity. The first half of the book spans wonderfully across various topics and different era : from Ashoka almost 2000 years ago to Akbar ... Read full review

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Finished reading Amartya Sen’s The Argumentative Indian. It is an erudite collection of essays on various aspects of Indian culture, art, religion and identity. It is just what an intellectual from ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Amartya Sen is one of the world's leading public intellectuals. He is Professor of Economics and Professor of Philosophy at Harvard. He was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1998 to 2004, and won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1998. His many celebrated books include Development as Freedom (1999), The Argumentative Indian (2005) and The Idea of Justice (2010). They have been translated into more than 30 languages.

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