Arundhati Roy on Her New Book, “Capitalism: A Ghost Story,” and World’s Largest Election in India

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Updated: May 16, 2014

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democracynow.org – As voting begins in India in the largest elections the world has ever seen, we spend the hour with Indian novelist and essayist Arundhati Roy. Nearly 815 million Indians are eligible to vote and results will be issued in May. One of India’s most famous authors — and one of its fiercest critics — Roy is out with a new book, “Capitalism: A Ghost Story,” which dives into India’s transforming political landscape and makes the case that globalized capitalism has intensified the wealth divide, racism, and environmental degradation. “This new election is going to be [about] who the corporates choose,” Roy says, “[about] who is not going to blink about deploying the Indian army against the poorest people in this country, and pushing them out to give over those lands, those rivers, those mountains, to the major mining corporations.”

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Commercialisation and Conflict in New India by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
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London
October 17, 2013

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Developing divisions

Participation is a cornerstone of the democratic ideal. It sits alongside those other marginalized tenets: social justice, freedom and equality. Forgotten principles in a world of corporate politics driven by the quest for endless economic growth and maximum market share. Hailed as the world’s largest democracy and touted as ‘an emerging economic powerhouse’, India’s economy is beginning to cough and splutter with the rupee trading at an all time low, and the ‘current account’ showing an $88 billion deficit.

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Corporate India–Violence in the Name of Development by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London
April 4, 2013

Jharkhand's Resourse Curse.

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Consistent with the unjust, decaying economic model of our deficit times, the commodification of everything and everyone proceeds apace in India. The commercialisation of the land is shattering the lives of millions of India’s poorest, hungriest most malnourished people, who are being murdered and raped, violently displaced and falsely arrested as huge multi-nationals, financially favoured and militarily armed by the Indian government, ravage the land.

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Noam Chomsky: Rekindling the Radical Imagination + Marxists struggle over ideas at Left Forum

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Rekindling the Radical Imagination – Piven, Jones, Roy & Chomsky, March 21, 2010

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The final plenary at the 2010 LEFT FORUM conference in New York features Francis Fox Piven, Brian Jones, Arundhati Roy and Noam Chomsky. The presentation begins with a memorial for the beloved historian, Howard Zinn, and proceeds to the theme of the 2010 conference: “The Center Cannot Hold – Rekindling the Radical Imagination.”

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Arundhati Roy on Obama’s Wars, India and Why Democracy Is “The Biggest Scam in the World”

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March 22, 2010

Arundhati Roy on Obama’s Wars, India and Why Democracy Is “The Biggest Scam in the World”

We speak with acclaimed Indian writer and activist Arundhati Roy on President Obama, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, India and Kashmir and much more. Roy also talks about her journey deep into the forests of central India to report on the Maoist insurgency. [includes rush transcript]

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Arundhati Roy Answers: When Is It Legitimate For The Oppressed To Take Up Arms?

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November 03, 2009

The Indian writer and activist discusses her quest for freedom and social justice for all.

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Arundhati Roy: 9 Is Not 11 (And November Isn’t September)

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Arundhati Roy: 9 Is Not 11 (And November Isn’t September)

As comparisons between the attacks in Mumbai and the September 11th attacks continue to be made, Indian officials unveiled a massive revamp of the country’s security and anti-terror infrastructure last week. I am joined now by someone who warns of the dangers of comparing the attacks in Mumbai to the attacks in New York: award-winning novelist, essayist and activist, Arundhati Roy. Her latest article is called “9 Is Not 11 (And November Isn’t September).” It was published in India’s Outlook magazine, Britain’s Guardian newspaper, and on TomDispatch.com here in the United States. [includes rush transcript]

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Listening To Grasshoppers – Genocide, Denial And Celebration By Arundhati Roy

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Arundhati Roy’s “Listening to Grasshoppers – Genocide, Denial and Celebration”, is a brilliantly written and a highly informative essay. It’s also tough in ways which made me hesitate, and take time to mull over the question of whether I should send it out or not. The two major elements which caused my hesitation are:

First, The essay presents such a depressing and scary reality, that I fear that it might paralyze people and make them feel that no action is possible to counteract the forces of evil surrounding us…

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