The Argumentative Indian and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
FREE Delivery in the UK.
Only 8 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
The Argumentative Indian:... has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: THIS COPY IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION, A NICE BOOK WITH CLEAN CLEAR PAGES. X
Trade in your item
Get a £0.39
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity Paperback – 27 Jul 2006


See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£10.99
£4.74 £2.75
£10.99 FREE Delivery in the UK. Only 8 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity + Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny + Development as Freedom
Price For All Three: £29.76

Buy the selected items together


Trade In this Item for up to £0.39
Trade in The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £0.39, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (27 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141012110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141012117
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

About the Author

Amartya Sen is Lamont University Professor at Harvard. He won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 and was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge 1998-2004. His most recent books are Development as Freedom and Rationality as Freedom. His books have been translated into thirty languages.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
First Sentence
Prolixity is not alien to us in India. Read the first page
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By thinkatronic bleep phreak on 11 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In which Nobel Prize winning economist and thinker Amartya Sen tackles a variety of subjects relating to the subcontinent from ancient Vedic times to the present day in a very readable collection of essays and articles.

Themes covered include Hindu art and literature, Indian nationalism, the secular state, India's colonial past, Gandhi and so on. No great surprises in the choice of ground to cover but the perspective is a refreshing one. As a very successful NRI (non-resident Indian, an expat) Sen has no axe to grind and casts a dispassionate (some would say Western) eye over the last four thousand years of Indian culture and history.

A must-read for anyone interested in getting more than a cursory impression of this ancient and complex country. The perfect companion to the essential The Rough Guide to India.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "ranjit_ranjit2" on 27 Aug. 2005
Format: Hardcover
He is one of the very original writers in India. His view of Hindutva, Indian education and culture is very thought provoking. In most of the place in this book, he provides a sharp picture of good and ills of current and past India. He pours his deep anguish regarding the high-jacking of the Indianness by the Hindutva. He recites about the need of education for the India masses. For a fresher to India this book will provide an unbiased and original view of current and past India.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Aditya on 19 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
According to Indian tradition, a dialogue can be of three types: 'vaad', or a discussion, which seeks to understand the opponent's point of view and explain one's own in order to reach the truth; 'vivaad' or an argument, which seeks to impose one's own point of view over that of the other; and the third, 'vitandavaad', which merely seeks to demolish the other person's views, without really offering any alternative system. Mr. Sen has, therefore, titled the book quite accurately, except that unwittingly he has thus revealed his own self-perception. An argumentative intellectual - not seeking the truth, but merely propagating his own views.

Mr. Sen seeks to demonstrate that India is a multi-hued society of many shades and composite cultures. It is also wrongly seen as primarily a spiritual culture, as it has many other talents as well. This is quite elementary. In order to do so, he ranges over a vast number of topics, and offers extremely interesting information about a number of them. He has a typically wry sense of humor, which is rather appreciable. He also has an axe to grind, which keeps making a screeching distraction throughout.

That axe is his grudge against the hard-line Hindu politics, particularly the BJP, RSS and its assorted allies. This keeps getting in his way, and he keeps making short raids to take pot shots at them. This becomes irritating after a little while. In reality, BJP / RSS do not influence or define Indian culture to the extent that we must become obsessed with them to the point of distraction. One also finds that this grudge leads him to constantly twist arguments and facts, in order to enable him to take a better shot at his arch-enemies: BJP/RSS.
Read more ›
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Sujan Chowdhury on 27 Aug. 2014
Format: Paperback
Very nice and intellectual book on indian philosophy of reason and enlightenment
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again


Feedback