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Kolkata: Special Screening of Amartya Sen documentary “An Argumentative Indian” on July 10

Suman Ghosh's documentary, "An Argumentative Indian", traces the life and work of Sen and explores the intellectual giant's formative years and their influence on his world view

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  • The documentary, “An Argumentative Indian”, traces the life and work of Sen, one of the greatest living economists and philosophers of the world
  • The narrative takes the viewers from his childhood days at Shantiniketan in West Bengal’s Birbhum district, to his college in Kolkata (then Calcutta) and his academic career in the US and Britain
  • The hour-long documentary is structured as a free-flowing conversation between Sen and his student and Cornell economics professor Kaushik Basu

Kolkata, June 28, 2017: A documentary on Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, which was filmed for 15 years by director Suman Ghosh, will be specially screened here on July 10 in the presence of the celebrated economist, according to a statement.

The documentary, “An Argumentative Indian”, traces the life and work of Sen, one of the greatest living economists and philosophers of the world, and explores the intellectual giant’s formative years and their influence on his world view.

The hour-long documentary, structured as a free flowing conversation between Sen and his student and Cornell economics professor Kaushik Basu, has already been screened in New York and London.

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Through the conversation, the narrative takes the viewers from his childhood days at Shantiniketan in West Bengal’s Birbhum district, to his college in Kolkata (then Calcutta) and his academic career in the US and Britain, where he was the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge University.

The audience would learn about Sen’s intellectual roots; his views on Social Choice Theory; Development Economics; on Philosophy and the current rise of nationalism in the world as embodied by US President Donald Trump and the Hindutva wave in India.

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Views from other eminent scholars, Paul Samuelson, Kenneth Arrow, Sugata Bose, Timothy Scanlon and former Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh, enrich the viewer’s understanding of the world of Sen, the statement quoted Ghosh as saying.

“I conceived of this documentary during 2000/2001. I conceived of Amartya Sen as a person whose intellectual vistas range from Sanskrit to modern political movements and his greatness consists of the amalgam of such disparate topics and fields. This Universal perspective of knowledge is rather rare in today’s world,” said Ghosh.

“Moreover, Sen’s life story, with the early influence of Rabindranath Tagore, to his fight with cancer while he was at college to his fundamental contributions for the socially and economically deprived of the world, is fascinating material. I thought it would be a great challenge to integrate his world views with his work, to look at it as one unifying narrative,” the filmmaker said.

The screening was being done in association with the non-governmental organisation Prabha Khaitan Foundation. Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee would be among the special invitees at the event.

The screening would be followed by an interactive session with Sen and the director. (IANS)

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A short documentary on a research-based book entitled “Great Minds on India” by Salil Gewali, has recently been launched by a Mumbai-based media house — Manthanhub. This documentary in Hindi will again be rendered into English and other regional languages of India. The research-based book by Gewali is translated into eleven languages and the forward of the book is written by a world-acclaimed NASA chief scientist – Dr. Kamlesh Lulla of Houston, USA. The book has won the appreciation of many eminent scholars from across the world. The book is held as being one of its kind to showcase for the first time how the ancient wisdom of India inspired the thinkers, scientists and writers from the western world. During his research, Mr. Gewali had experienced many ups and downs and monetary hardship which he has emotionally described in his article in the book “My Discovery of India”. The first edition of the book was published in Xerox format in 1998; and when the print edition was out in 2009, the book immediately attracted the attention of many scholars, and consequently,  the then Governor of Meghalaya – RS Mooshahary personally consented to formally launch this landmark book.  The title has also been recognized and officially launched by the Government of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.

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One scholar from Meerut says, “This landmark book, as said by many scholars, is a Bhramastra to fight the evil of pseudo-secularism and anti-nation forces plaguing the country now! Firstly, this book should be gifted by Shri Narendra Modi-ji to all the top celebrities and diplomats – like Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Rajni Kant, Manjul Bhargav, Laxmi Mittal, Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani, Lata Mangeshkar, Navjot Singh Siddhu,…. When these celebrities will receive this unparalleled booklet they will themselves start speaking in the public forum about our so-far suppressed truths about INDIA as incorporated in Salil Gewali’s work. This finally will only and exclusively benefit the nation and our so-far misinterpreted and denigrated culture and its associated literature.  Nobody can refute the words and opinions spoken by the world-renowned intellectuals like TS Eliot, Ralph Emerson, Voltaire, Goethe, Hegel, Herder, Schiller, Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, Carl Jung.”

The researcher Shri Salil Gewali lives in Shillong, Meghalaya, who regularly writes inspiring articles in order to create awareness about the ancient wisdom of India and its contribution to the world in the development of the modern science, mathematics, linguistics, metallurgy, psychology, and other areas of studies.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gsw-4Ls5y88