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senOn Night Waves this evening Robert Hanks talks to Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen about his new book, the Argumentative Indian, which proposes that there is an India far more diverse and accommodating than many descriptions from outsiders suggest.

Sen argues that this atmosphere of tolerance and secularism supports a healthy argumentative tradition and climate for debate which, in turn, has much to offer the current debate around democracy.

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HedgeFundGuy meinte am 23. Jun, 16:05:
Except, India is obviously one of the most dysfunctional political systems on earth, given the stark contrast between the success of their expatriots and the local population. I would say any summary of their "style" that fails to note its profound net failure, is just pathetic ethnic cheerleading. Like when journalists describe a people as "proud, with rich traditions", you know they are tiptoeing around the bigger failures, just like when people tell an unattractive girl "you have lovely eyes, you have lovely hair. “ 
pauln antwortete am 24. Jun, 08:30:
Do you mean to imply that if Indian expatriots were not successful, we could instead blame Indian culture or genes for the country's shortcomings? (Keep in mind too that Indian emigrants are typically exceptionally gifted.) I say any country where growth lags is dysfunctional.