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The Passion Of Amartya Sen

We can be more than one kind of person, given different contexts, avers our argumentative Indian

The Passion Of Amartya Sen
Tribhuvan Tiwari
The Passion Of Amartya Sen
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An argumentative Indian can sometimes be a surprisingly passionate man. Here, the words 'surprisingly' and 'passionate' are used with some deliberation because the Indian in question, caught mid-argument, is none other than Amartya Sen. After all, 'passion' is not necessarily the first thing that springs to mind when you think of the good professor. You think of a measured, reasonable, persuasive voice, that marshals evidence, lays out a case, and constructs an edifice of ideas entirely through logical steps, causal connections, elegant equations and a mass of statistical and empirical data. That is what people who win Nobel prizes for economics are usually expected to do.

And yet, in reading Identity and Violence : The Illusion of Destiny what you do ultimately come to grips with is what might be best described in quasi-Biblical terms as 'The Passion of Amartya Sen'. In a set of nine closely interwoven essays, Sen takes on the violence and the threats to peace and intellectual liberty that spring from unexamined assumptions about culture and identity...

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