Sunday, October 27, 2013

Book Review: Argumentative Indian

This book brings together sixteen essays under a single title. Here Amratya Sen reasons how India found its identity during different times. He takes multiple references of Bhagavdgita and the influence ancient writings such as Vedas and Upanishads had on the culture and lives of the people. He argues how the Mauryan king Ashoka and the Moghul ruler Akbar had similar outlooks and were tolerant of different religions. He narrates how Gandhi and Tagore disagreed on many aspects. He explores how much of the grand vision of Nehru as delivered in his speech ‘Tryst with Destiny’ is realized.

This books has no bounds as it travels across different time horizons and subjects. If you are an Argumentative Indian, you should have this book on your study table.