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Uneven about India

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen's new essay collection on Indian history, culture and identity is steeped in good intentions. As a book, it does not quite hold up.

(THIS ARTICLE IS ONLY MACHINE TRANSLATED by Google from Norwegian)

Indian economics professor Amartya Sen received the Nobel Prize in 1998 for his studies of poverty, hunger and welfare. His new book, The Argumentative Indian consists of four times four essays, and in the preface Sen writes that the first part indicates what he wants to convey to the readers. The very first essay is about the old epic Bhagvad Gita, as well as the early Indian rulers Ashoka (died 232 BC) and Akbar (died 1605), who for Sen represent pluralism and tolerance. "While it is indisputable that Aristotle wrote about the importance of freedom, in this context he did not care about women and slaves. Ashoka at the same time made no such distinction, ». . .

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