nov 10th, 2006
i have stopped reading anything written by amartya sen because it's not worth reading. i used to wonder why his economics somehow didn't jell, but now have realized it's shallow and mostly a hoax. his big thing about the 'kerala model' is completely false: there is no kerala model, it's a 'money-order economy' or 'cargo cult'.
he knows nothing about anything else. in fact, i know more history than amartya sen does. he's one of those potemkin facades -- with his nobel prize, his connections etc, he's able to impress people, but there is no substance behind it. he's one of those gentleman marxists, meaning he's the kind who sends off others to the gas chambers or the gulags.
according to him, the only good hindu is a dead hindu. for instance, he says that the greatest emperors in india were not hindu (he claims akbar and ashoka were the greatest). this shows his ignorance and bigotry: a. he's never heard of krishnadeva raya, rajaraja chola or chandragupta maurya. b. he likes akbar only because he was a mohammedan, despite the fact that he was mostly an opportunist, and not a liberal. c. he likes ashoka only because he was a buddhist, despite the fact that ashokan pacifism has been shown to be non-viable. just ask the afghans, buddhists forced to become mohammedans. or the koreans, buddhists forced to become christists.
if you want to read something worthwhile, here are some ideas:
naipaul: india, a million mutinies
davis: late victorian holocausts
danino: the invasion that never was
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I would like to know if you had the chance to read the book 'An Argumentative Indian' by Amartya Sen. I am reading it still, but a glance of the names index stunned me since I did not see the word 'sankara' or 'adi sankara' in the entire list. Similarly a cursory glance of the people who he thanked for contributing to his book shows that 90% were Bengalis…. Though it is a good book in a very few aspects, overall I felt that it is a book written by a typical western educated, Indian elite liberal in whose view, everything what Tagore said is good and definitive. Sankara was the embodiment and perhaps the last GREAT argumentative Indian who revived Hinduism purely by reason and argument. Not mentioning him is a grea disservice. I think that he used this book to severely criticize RSS/BJP/VHP and anything to do with defending Hindu culture. I am planning to write a detailed critique of this book once I finish reading it, but thought of knowing what you think about this book. Thanks.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Re: an argumentative indian- flawed i think
why the heck is blogger so flaky these days? lots of mailed comments just bounce back.
On 11/11/06, Rajeev Srinivasan < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Posted by nizhal yoddha at 11/10/2006 10:57:00 PM