- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin UK; 1St Edition edition (29 August 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141012110
- ISBN-13: 978-0141012117
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 138 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity Paperback – 29 Aug 2006
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This is a book that needed to have been written. . . . It would be no surprise if it were to become as defining and influential a work as Edward Said's Orientalism. (Soumya Bhattacharya, The Observer (London))<br \><br \>The product of a great and playful mind at the peak of its power, The Argumentative Indian is the most stimulating and enjoyable book about the idea and identity of India to be written for years. (William Dalrymple, The New York Review of Books) --Various
An intellectual tour de force from an economist who can lay equal claim to the designations of sociologist, historian, political analyst, and moral philosopher . . . Breathtaking in its range and scholarly eclecticism. --(Shashi Tharoor, The Washington Post Book World)
Masterfully tying Indian concerns to broader social and philosophical questions, Sen addresses the many aspects of Indian identity. --(Library Journal)
About the Author
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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About the book,
1)Don’t expect to go through this book as a pleasure read, especially for those who have no idea about indian history, culture and polity.
2)The book is not linear. this is not to be taken as a criticism. This book is rather a group of essays, and one should not expect much continuity when finishing one essay and moving on to the other.
3) If one is expecting insights on our cultural history, ncert is a better read.
4) somewhat liberal-leftist, seeks an ideal which is like a secular, socialist eutopia. This is good but does not take into account why social structures emerge and certain dynamics which can’t be changed.
5) its a heavy book, by which i mean the language used is such that one cannot go through it lightly for it to make sense.
6) personally i was expecting more on our history and culture but found a mixed bag of out of context, irrelevantly used mumbo jumbo of history, post- indepence political developments, religious references along with quote-unquote phrases by some western folks.
7) certain content is insightful but time-return benefit is not that much.
In conclusion, read it when you have literally nothing better to do.
After a long time I have found a book that ignites my thought process and a book that helps me gather information about the cultural ascepts of nation.
Quality wise the the book is Original and has finest quality of paper and print. Binding is excellent.
Content wise it is Excellent. This is what expected from a Noble Award winner. Gives Excellent insight about India's past and present. Covers wide range of dimensions. Anyone who is interested in knowing about India and it's traditions and culture should read this book.
Deliver was also superb.. got my order exactly on time as that was given by Amazon.