Arundhati Roy – A writer, India & Kashmir

Arundhati Roy , one of my favorite writers & booker award winner for her first book, is in news this week about her statement about Kashmir not essentially an “Integral” part of India & there is a huge uproar that she be booked (along with Geelani) for sedition again India.

This is ridiculous to think that if India really wants to be India & not afganistan & pakistan. Moreover the timing of this is completely political. You can see her interview for 1 and a 1/2 year back & there is nothing different that she is saying now.

Arundhati Roy’s interview with naxalites in Dantewada

As always Arundhati Roy writes a really thought provoking narrate of her interview with Naxalites in Dantewada  (yeah, where 70+ security personnel were gunned down by naxals earlier this month). Published in the Outlook magazine, on March 25th, it is a great essay about tribal suppression by their own government & then of tribal uprising. Arundhari, minces no words in this highly thought provoking essay.

Here are some excerpts from the essay:

There are many ways to describe Dantewada. It’s an oxymoron. It’s a border town smack in the heart of India. It’s the epicentre of a war. It’s an upside down, inside out town.

In Dantewara the police wear plain clothes and the rebels wear uniforms. The jail-superintendant is in jail. The prisoners are free (three hundred of them escaped from the old town jail two years ago). Women who have been raped are in police custody. The rapists give speeches in the bazaar.”

Across the Indravati river, in the area controlled by the Maoists, is the place the police call “Pakistan”. There the villages are empty, but the forest is full of people. Children who ought to be in school, run wild.”  Here is the link to the Complete article

Terrorism of the bureaucracy

From Goethals:

10 people die every day on the train tracks in Bombay – that is over 3,600 people every year are killed by an uncaring government entity. That is terrorism of the bureaucracy.

There is one farmer committing suicide every 30 minutes in India; over 50 every day.
There have been 150,000 suicides by farmers in India between 1997 and 2005. One out of every five farmers is from the state of Maharashtra. That is terrorism by the government.

8 people have died every day in Kashmir for the past 18 years.
That is 6,570 days of terror in Kashmir.
Bombay had its 60 hours of terror; Kashmir has had 157,680 hours of terror – and still counting.

Not to downplay the terror attacks in Mumbai in anyway, this articles highlights the rampant political & government corruption in India and the reasons why such terror incidents keep happening again & again.