Walking with the Comradesby Arundhati Roy
In her latest book, internationally renowned author Arundhati Roy draws on her unprecedented access to a little-known rebel movement in India to pen a work full of earth-shattering revelations. Deep in the forests, under the pretense/i>
From the award-winning author of The God of Small Things comes a searing frontline exposé of brutal repression in India
In her latest book, internationally renowned author Arundhati Roy draws on her unprecedented access to a little-known rebel movement in India to pen a work full of earth-shattering revelations. Deep in the forests, under the pretense of battling Maoist guerillas, the Indian government is waging a vicious total war against its own citizens-a war undocumented by a weak domestic press and fostered by corporations eager to exploit the rare minerals buried in tribal lands. Roy takes readers to the unseen front lines of this ongoing battle, chronicling her months spent living with the rebel guerillas in the forests. In documenting their local struggles, Roy addresses the much larger question of whether global capitalism will tolerate any societies existing outside of its colossal control.
In a well-documented indictment, investigative journalist Roy (Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy, 2009, etc.) presents the case against the Indian government's murderous policies toward the country's tribal population.
These three linked articles/essays, rendered with a disarming blend of passion and precision, tell the story of India's tribal people and the violence and neglect they have suffered at the hands of the Indian state. Their land is rich in natural resources and has become the target of takeover by the corporate elite, aided and abetted by a corrupt government and, thus, by the military. This takeover is being conducted in conjunction with Operation Green Hunt, a program aimed at eradicating the Maoist insurgency that has been taking place for decades in the tribal lands, and that has the earmarks of the Sri Lanka solution—kill them all and let heaven do the sorting—and George W. Bush's binary system: for us or against us. Not only does Roy go out and get involved, she examines every shade of gray while spending weeks with the young insurgents to get under their skin. She writes with a ringing clarity that should bring down a measure of opprobrium to shame the Indian political establishment. The concluding piece, bathed in a sense of cynicism that readers will feel Roy is entitled to, details how the Indian constitution has been traduced by everyone from the parliament to the press to the police.
A bell-clear exposé of corporate greed and governmental malfeasance that should—if there is any justice in the world—provoke a furious backlash in the name of human dignity.
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“A bell-clear exposé of corporate greed and governmental malfeasance that should--if there is any justice in the world--provoke a furious backlash in the name of human dignity.” --KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)
Meet the Author
Arundhati Roy is the author of The God of Small Things, winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize. She has produced numerous works of political commentary and investigative journalism, including The Algebra of Infinite Justice, An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire, and Listening to Grasshoppers. She lives in New Delhi, India.
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An amazingly honest review by a brilliant Indian mind. This is that rare breath of fresh air that comes out of a polluted infested zone.
A revealing and often tragic look at the pointed end of capitalist globalization, and a document of stalwart resistance against impossible odds. Peels away the layers of disinformation and puts a human face on India's guerilla war against it's indigenous peoples, and prompts deeper questions about the human costs of neoliberal capitalism. A must-read.