The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity is a collection of essays that discusses India's history and traditions and how they are responsible for shaping the contemporary heritage of the country. The book recognises India as a country which contributed greatly to mathematics, astronomy, linguistics, medicine and political economy, many of which were developed as a result of the inherent scepticism in the citizens. The author of the book is Amartya Sen, the recipient of Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998. This edition of the book was published on 2012 by Viking Penguin Publishers.
The Argumentative Indian reflects that India is a country with diverse traditions, customs, convictions and viewpoints. The book throws light on India's ancient culture and rich traditions and suggests that to understand the prevailing diversity of the country, we must comprehend its past. It reminds us of the traditional ways of conducting debates, discussions and disputes, and focuses on its importance in the present day. In the book, Sen gives credit to the argumentative tradition which helped Indian democracy succeed, supported sub-continental peace and relieved the country from inequalities related to caste, gender, class and community. The book also highlights the relevant philosophies of governance, as followed by thinkers and rulers like Kautilya, Ashoka and Akbar. In the book, Sen pays tribute to Rabindranath Tagore, India's only Nobel Laureate in literature, and Satyajit Ray, one of India's greatest filmmakers. Sen considers them to be liberal, rational and gifted.
Amartya Sen was born on the 3rd of November 1933. The Nobel Laureate has made contributions in welfare economics, social choice theory, economic and social justice. Books by Amartya Sen have been published in over thirty languages. He served as a Master in Trinity College, Cambridge from 1998 to 2004. Currently he is the Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. In 2010 he was included in the Time Magazine list of 100 Most Influential Persons in the world. The book has been applauded by leading media houses such as The Guardian, who considered it to be a "brilliant corrective to the myth" that the world holds of India. The book is in English and has 432 pages. The ISBN 10 number of the book is 0141012110 and the ISBN 13 number is 978-0141012117.