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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What we all miss out on are the hidden stories about the fisherwoman, the eunuch and the doubtful husband, until we become too old to change ourselves. Pity those who never got to know about sensible right wing.

Sen I have had the opportunity of reading. Jul 01, Sheela Lal rated it did not like it Shelves: Our nobel laureate goes on with his center-left position throughout the book, word ‘hindutva’ occurs at numerous places.

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In defence of reason

A second key point can best be summarized by the words of Sen himself: He does bend but you won’t catch him tripping over his thoughts or contradiction his own views. What I didn’t like about the book? 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.

There is a fascinating study of Indian calendars. I was never much aware of India’s intellectual hertiage or for that matter, India’s record in spirituality. It is bit elongated and repeated sometimes. Why has India become such a strong democracy the one blemish to India’s post-colonial democracy was Indira Ghandi’s “Emergency” which was strongly rejected by Indian voters compared to most other British colonies-turned-nation-states?

It’s one those books which makes you understand the complexity about culture and know not trivialize it. Open Preview See a Problem? Just why vital events from his life occupy a particular place in the documentary is not explained.

But the post facto knowledge of their seventh century citation by Chinese tourist Xuanzang—not the mention the coincidence of two references from wildly divergent books—made the whole sequence a bit surreal. 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 book got me wanting both to learn more about the traditions of atheist and agnostic thought in Sanskrit literature and to get my hands of some good texts on Rabindranath Tagore, Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar, and the Indian emperor Ashoka who seemed like three possibly very interesting people. His demolition job on the Indian nuclear tests of is all the more effective for being couched in the language of reasoned discourse. Except for the chapter on Indian calendars, I sailed smoothly through the manuscript.

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Some verbal signposts to the global movement of ideas can be readily traced. It is basically a collection of incisive and insightful essays that Nobel prize winner Amartya Sen had written over his career.

Sen might as well be the most articulate man in the world, and each essay here is a masterclass in clear and structured presentation of an argument. This is not easily done. The Taliban used rockets for two days of bombardment, and allowed their photography rule to be broken, sending out images of bare arches where once there had been two guardians of a forgotten faith.

I was a little skeptical of whether I would argumentativf this interesting.

Five, the book almost restarts with every essay. There 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. India has always been a diverse place, which is a big part of why that part of the world fascinates me so much.

On the contrary, he goes on to show how the beautiful result of a confluence of so different cultures. Sen warns of the dangers of the Hindu Nationalist movement, and talks at length about the ‘Indian Identity An interesting read.

As one reads the bookone can picturise Nehru sitting in Ahmednagar fort aargumentative about India, with pride while narrating her glorious past, with pity while narrating her then state prior to Independence and with seb and hope about her future.

It however lacks contextual examples illuminating abstract sociological or philosophical concepts. There is no Bamiyan moment to be found within these pages: All the essays revolve around one or all of the below points though the titles are different: There is a strong tendency to see Western cultures as “individualistic” while Asians are supposedly more “community focused” and “consensus seeking”.

We also hear Sen describe the self-diagnosis that he undertook and which probably saved his life. Sen moves away from ancient history and discusses the divisions of caste,gender,class-based inequality as seen in the recent years.



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We see Sen receiving the Nobel prize early in the narrative. Not being a non fiction reader for most part of my life, I thought I was taking a gamble. It is wrong to view India as a chiefly a mystical and spiritually inclined culture which did not contribute much to modern ideas. Akbar and Ashoka are merely exceptions rather than the norm in the Indian history which exhibited modern values. By Subhash K Jha It is a miracle that this vital indizn throwing light on one of India’s brightest minds, ever made into theatres.

Amartya Sens’s “The Argumentative Indian” is now 13 years old, but is still the perfect antidote for the intellectual laziness and sloppiness that underlies a lot of identity thinking -unfortunately, we know that it is precisely the people who should read the book who won’t.

This is a book that needed to have been written. But as a fellow human, I understand that he is a wonderful human being. And yet, the hunt for lapis lazuli in Color: A Natural History of the Palette —a mere two books prior in my library amatya me face-to-face with cruel truth of the Bamiyan Buddhas: But disappointed with the printing quality of the book I received. Finally, the book explores modern cultures of secularism and liberalism in an Indian context.

There is a difference between a constitutionally secular nation with a majority Hindu population and a theocratic Hindu state that might see Hinduism as its official religion Nepal comes closer to the latter description than does India. What I had hoped to be an informative, well-researched account of Indian philosophies and school of thoughts turned out to be an amateur interpretation of Indian culture as perceived by the author.

Sen does run the risk of sounding like a culturally artumentative nationalist, arguing, behind a veneer of modesty, for the superiority of Indian civilisation, especially when argumenrative asserts that “a great many departures in science and mathematics occurred in India from the early centuries of the first millennium which altered the state of knowledge in the world”, or that “some of the earliest open public deliberations in the world were hosted in India”.