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

Title
The argumentative Indian : writings on Indian history, culture, and identity / Amartya Sen.
Edition
1st American ed.
Published
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.
Description
xx, 409 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Summary
"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.
Contents
1. The argumentative 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.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Language
English
LCCN
2005049460
ISBN
0374105839 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Standard No.
9780374105839
Format
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