The Argumentative Indian

On October 19, the India Initiative, in partnership with the Association for India's Development, will host a screening of The Argumentative Indian, a documentary about Nobel laureate and world-renowned economist Amartya Sen, directed by Suman Ghosh, a Bengali filmmaker and economist. The documentary traces Amartya Sen’s life and explores how the arc of his career shaped his current worldview and impacted his beliefs about social choice theory, development economics, and philosophy. Shot over a period of 15 years, the film follows a series of conversations between Professor Sen and his student, Kaushik Basu.

There will be a moderated Q&A following the film screening featuring Amartya Sen, professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard University; Suman Ghosh, documentary filmmaker and professor of economics at Florida Atlantic University; and Kaushik Basu, former chief economist at the World Bank. The esteemed economists will discuss the economics of social justice, community welfare, and how economists can help measure and improve the quality of life for citizens in developing countries.

This event is co-sponsored by the India Initiative and the Association for India's Development.

Please submit special accommodations requests to the India Initiative program coordinator at by October 16. A good-faith effort will be made to accommodate requests made after October 16.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 6:00pm to 8:30pm

ICC Auditorium
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

Event Type

Arts, Film, Special Events


Students, Faculty/Staff, Alumni, Public


Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Global Engagement



Amartya Sen, Suman Ghosh, Kaushik Basu

Open to the public and the press?


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Emily Paragamian

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Emily Paragamian

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