Argument and History

Sen, Amartya
August 2005
New Republic;8/8/2005, Vol. 233 Issue 6, p25
Focuses on Indian literature and modern democracy. Description of the Bhagavad-Gita, a small section of the Mahabharata in which the warrior Arjuna questions the virtues of a war about to begin, and argues with Krishna; Ways in which questions raised in the Bhagavad-Gita, those of duty and seeking unilateral sovereignty and victory, are relevant in the contemporary world; Role of the Indian tradition of arguments and disputations in current social conditions, including the rights of women.


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