23 January, 2021

The Passion Of Amartya Sen

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

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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