“Depending how you count, almost any nation could be portrayed as argumentative. But he uses this central theme to range over an amazing breadth of scholarship”
The Indian Economy
Kaushik Basu, Economist
“He shows that in fact there were roots of a democratic culture in India long before the British ever got there, and that is what he means by the ‘argumentative Indian’.”
The End of The West
David Marquand, Political Scientist
“The book does a tremendous job of giving you a sense of the many, many layers of history, of identities, that constitute this society.”
Pankaj Mishra, Political Commentator
“It’s definitely not the first book you should read on India, it’s for someone who knows the country well, but it’s a wonderfully erudite, discursive, witty, clever book.”
India, Ancient and Modern
William Dalrymple, Travel Writer
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