The Argumentative Indian
Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity
A dazzling new book about his native country by the Nobel Prize-winning economist.
India is a large and very diverse country with many distinct pursuits, vastly different convictions, widely divergent customs and a veritable feast of viewpoints. The Argumentative Indian brings together an illuminating selection of writings from Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen that outline the need to understand contemporary India in the light of its long argumentative tradition.
The understanding and use of this tradition are critically important, Sen argues, for the success of India's democracy, the defence of its secular politics, the removal of inequalities related to class, caste, gender and community, and the pursuit of sub-continental peace.
'Sen is a rare example of an intellectual who has had a major effect on politics . . . Among academics Sen's reputation is almost unrivalled' Jonathan Steele, Guardian
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 and Freedom. His books have been translated into thirty languages.
Pub Date: June, 2005
Format: 234 x 153mm
Illustrations: 4 integrated b/w
US rights: Penguin UK
Translation Rights: Penguin UK
Film Rights: Penguin UK
Serial Rights: Penguin UK