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

Author: Amartya Sen
Publisher: London : Allen Lane, 2005.
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"The Argumentative Indian brings together a selection of writings from Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen that outline the need to understand contemporary India, including its thriving democracy, in the light of its long argumentative tradition." "Understanding the political, social, cultural and economic challenges that contemporary India faces demands an adequate appreciation of its pluralist, interactive  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sen, Amartya, 1933-
Argumentative Indian.
London : Allen Lane, 2005
(OCoLC)680625170
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amartya Sen
ISBN: 0713996870 9780713996876
OCLC Number: 57750786
Description: xx, 409 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. The augmentative Indian --
2. Inequality, instability and voice --
3. India : large and small --
4. The diaspora and the world --
5. Tagore and his India --
6. Our culture, their culture --
7. Indian traditions and the Western imagination --
8. China and India --
9. Tryst with destiny --
10. Class in India --
11. Women and men --
12. India and the bomb --
13. The reach of reason --
14. Secularism and its discontents --
15. India through its calendars --
16. The Indian identity.
Responsibility: Amartya Sen.

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"The Argumentative Indian brings together a selection of writings from Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen that outline the need to understand contemporary India, including its thriving democracy, in the light of its long argumentative tradition." "Understanding the political, social, cultural and economic challenges that contemporary India faces demands an adequate appreciation of its pluralist, interactive and dynamic heritage. Sen argues that external views also affect the national perception of identity through an interactive process, especially in the post-colonial world. The West has often perceived India as a place of endless spirituality and unreasoning mysticism. Yet it has a long tradition of scepticism and reasoning, with perhaps, of all ancient civilizations, the largest body of agnostic and atheistic literature, in addition to secular contributions in mathematics, astronomy, linguistics, medicine and political economy."--BOOK JACKET.

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