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The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity

The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity

In sixteen linked essays, Nobel Prize--winning economist Amartya Sen discusses India's intellectual and political heritage and how its argumentative tradition is vital for the success of its democracy and secular politics. The Argumentative Indian is "a bracing sweep through aspects of Indian history and culture, and a tempered analysis of the highly charged disputes surrounding these subjects--the nature of Hindu traditions, Indian identity, the country's huge social and economic disparities, and its current place in the world" (Sunil Khilnani, Financial Times, U.K.).

Preface

PART ONE: Voice and Heterodoxy

Chapter 1: The Argumentative Indian

Chapter 2: Inequality, Instability and Voice

Chapter 3: India: Large and Small

Chapter 4: The Diaspora and the World

PART TWO: Culture and Communication

Chapter 5: Tagore and His India

Chapter 6: Our Culture, Their Culture

Chapter 7: Indian Traditions and the Western Imagination

Chapter 8: China and India

PART THREE: Politics and Protest

Chapter 9: Tryst with Destiny

Chapter 10: Class in India

Chapter 11: Women and Men

Chapter 12: India and the Bomb

PART FOUR: Reason and Identity

Chapter 13: The Reach of Reason

Chapter 14: Secularism and Its Discontents

Chapter 15: India through Its Calendars

Chapter 16: The Indian Identity

Notes