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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.

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 (death 232 BC) and Akbar (death 1605), who represent Senate in favor of multanimity and tolerance. "While it is indisputable that Aristotle wrote about how important freedom was, he did not care about women and slaves in this context. Ashoka made no such distinction at the same time, ”Sen. writes. Akbar, in turn, tried to create a synthetic belief based on India's various existing religions.

In the second essay he discusses the concept swikriti, which is Sanskrit and means «acceptance», and he tries it out in relation to the secular Indian constitution of 1950, as well as India's problematic relationship to its minorities, economic classes and traditional. . .

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