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The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity (original 2005; edition 2006)
by Amartya Sen
The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity by Amartya Sen (2005)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 031242602X, Paperback)
In sixteen linked essays, Nobel Prize--winning economist Amartya Sen discusses India's intellectual and political heritage and how its argumentative tradition is vital for the success of its democracy and secular politics. The Argumentative Indian is "a bracing sweep through aspects of Indian history and culture, and a tempered analysis of the highly charged disputes surrounding these subjects--the nature of Hindu traditions, Indian identity, the country's huge social and economic disparities, and its current place in the world" (Sunil Khilnani, Financial Times, U.K.).
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"In The Argumentative Indian, the Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen draws on a lifetime's study of his country's history and culture to suggest how we might understand India today in the light of its rich, long argumentative tradition." "Though Westerners may sometimes perceive it as a place of endless spirituality and mysticism, India has a long-standing tradition of skepticism and reasoning, and its contributions to mathematics, astronomy, linguistics, medicine and economics are imperishable evidence of this. In sixteen linked essays, Sen discusses aspects of this intellectual and political heritage, including philosophies of governance from Kautilya's and Ashoka's in the fourth and third centuries B.C.E. to Akbar's in the 1590s; the continuing relevance of India's relations with China more than a millennium ago; its old and well-organized calendars; the films of Satyajit Ray; and the debates between Gandhi and the visionary poet Rabindranath Tagore about India's past, present and future."--BOOK JACKET.
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