The Argumentative Indian is neither easy nor fun to read. The first three pages of every chapter and sub-chapter are essentially wordy justifications of why the topic is deserving of discussion in the first place. Sen himself is quite the argumentative Indian and sometimes the book reads After all my dramatic agony and breathless complaining, I am glad I endured. Whichever literary framework you prefer, it must be said that Professor Sen is not an effortless writer. Cautious yes footnotes, endnotes, and asterisks are abundant , but often at the expense of clarity. Despite all of this, The Argumentative Indian is a book I recommend to everyone with an interest not just in India, but also the slippery relationship between cultural uniqueness and so-called universal values.
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This essay explains in detail about contemporary India , tracing back the history from traditional ancient India. These dialogues of Krishna and Arjuna is borrowed by European culture and certain famous personalities like J.
Robert Oppenheimer due to its significance. The argument has not lost its significance even in contemporary time is the assertive statement of Amartya Sen.
Though India is said to be patriarchal, it had and has women leaders governing the country, that is traced from ancient text Upanisad and Indian history.
Yet such women leaders are not elected in the US first world. In the case of caste, the argument has not come to an end yet. As said earlier the privileged upper elite male community occupied the place of Britishers in independent India and governed it according to their desire.
People in India have lost their argumentative tradition that they accept all policies without questioning it. The origins of all these religions are also discussed in detail from history. But Indian secularism has also changed with the rise of Hindutva and its policies. India has a massive religious literature attempting to arrive at a solution to the religious problem, which gave rise to these philosophical concepts. This can be proved by the history of ancient India.
Many philosophical understandings sprang up in Indian writings before it appeared in the western mind. Yet it was not recognized, as India is a third world country. Contribution by Indians in trigonometry and astronomy are of historical importance. Importance of Arguments Argumentative heritage of India is needed to look at the impact of different influences that have shaped India and its traditions.
It helped in the development of the democracy, intellectual and social history of India. The essay ends with a positive note praising the importance of arguments. Not only India, but Indians also develop the developing tradition. Reading it in a postcolonial way, this essay not only lists the riches of India but challenges the first world countries pointing out their dependence on third world countries.
On the other hand, India is not the same as before. Things have changed. The argument has become extinct. Acceptance has taken its place in contemporary India Have you read these?
In itself, it might seem like an unremarkable fact, but it actually is not: Amartya Sen is a citizen of India. While most of his countrymen who have been able to leave India for a long time try their best to become citizens of the country they might have gone to Britain, America, Canada, Australia , Sen, a man whom Cambridge and Harvard are said to have fought over for the privilege of offering an appointment, resolutely retains his blue Indian passport after half a century of towering intellectual achievement across the world. Every year, the winner of the Nobel Prize for economics returns to Santiniketan, the tiny university town odd miles from Calcutta. In Santiniketan, the former Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, can be seen on a bicycle, friendly and unassuming, chatting with the locals and working for a trust he has set up with the money from his Nobel Prize. One of the most influential public thinkers of our times is strongly rooted in the country in which he grew up; he is deeply engaged with its concerns. There can, then, be few people better equipped than this Lamont University Professor at Harvard to write about India and the Indian identity, especially at a time when the stereotype of India as a land of exoticism and mysticism is being supplanted with the stereotype of India as the back office of the world. In this superb collection of essays, Sen smashes quite a few stereotypes and places the idea of India and Indianness in its rightful, deserved context.
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Contents[ edit ] The book takes the form of four sections containing linked essays: "Voice and Heterodoxy", "Culture and Communication", "Politics and Protest", "Reason and Identity". The first section looks at the general culture of pluralistic debate within India, dating back to Buddha and kings such as Ashoka. The third section looks at conflicts of class and criticises inequalities in Indian society and arguments that have been used to justify them. Finally, the book explores modern cultures of secularism and liberalism in an Indian context. This is because Sen does not go beyond stating self-evident truths. Although nicely written, and with many points of interest, there is a thinness and superficiality about the whole that displeases.