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The argumentative Indian : writings on Indian history, culture, and identity

Author: Amartya Sen
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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India is a country with many distinct traditions, widely divergent customs, vastly different convictions, and a veritable feast of viewpoints. In The Argumentative Indian, Amartya Sen draws on a lifetime study of his country's history and culture to suggest the ways we must understand India today in the light of its rich, long argumentative tradition. The millenia-old texts and interpretations of Hindu, Buddhist,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Amartya Sen
ISBN: 9780374105839 0374105839 031242602X 9780312426026
OCLC Number: 60644821
Description: xx, 409 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Parts: Voice and heterodoxy --
Culture and communication --
Politics and protest --
Reason and identity. The argumentative Indian --
Inequality, instability, and voice --
India: large and small --
The diaspora and the world --
Tagore and his India --
Our culture--their culture --
Indian traditions and the Western imagination --
China and India --
Tryst with destiny --
Class in India --
Women and men --
India and the bomb --
The reach of reason --
Secularism and its discontents --
India through its calendars --
The Indian identity.
Responsibility: Amartya Sen.
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India is a country with many distinct traditions, widely divergent customs, vastly different convictions, and a veritable feast of viewpoints. In The Argumentative Indian, Amartya Sen draws on a lifetime study of his country's history and culture to suggest the ways we must understand India today in the light of its rich, long argumentative tradition. The millenia-old texts and interpretations of Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Muslim, agnostic, and atheistic Indian thought demonstrate, Sen reminds us, ancient and well-respected rules for conducting debates and disputations, and for appreciating not only the richness of India's diversity but its need for toleration. Though Westerners have often perceived India as a place of endless spirituality and unreasoning mysticism, he underlines its long tradition of skepticism and reasoning, not to mention its secular contributions to mathematics, astronomy, linguistics, medicine, and political economy.

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