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A month ago, on a lazy Sunday morning peering through inner pages of Mumbai Mirror were a set of colorful pins neatly clipped on oiled hair, the only source of happiness I could find in the photograph flooded with vacant eyes. The women folk of the Dongria Kondh , a little known tribe in the Niyamgiri hills in Odisha must have by now got used to the press photographers clicking their faces ; their revolution against Vedanta ( a mutli-million dollar company owned by NRI Anil Agarwal) has reached ...more
'See, ma'am, frankly speaking this problem can't be solved by us police or military. The problem with these tribals is they don't understand greed. Unless they become greedy there's no hope for us. I have told my boss, remove the force and instead put a TV in every home. Everything will be automatically sorted out.'4.5/5
First off, a big thank you to Brian Dice, without whom this book would have been read and reviewed a lot farther into the future. The only reason why I'm taking a half star off ...more
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1998. When we were reaching the end of the 20th century, the civilization which had produced Mahatma Gandhi and Sidarta Gautama was testing nuclear weapons. Re-editing the politics of the Cold War, in which both the U.S. and the Soviet Union had atom bombs at their disposal, both India and its next-door-neighbour Pakistan both acquired weapons of mass destruction. Sad news, indeed. It’s as if, instead of learning from Hi ...more
However, brilliantly written with a lot of passion, flair, sarcasm and boldness. Hard not to be moved by what you read. Unputdownable.
Don't read the book if you are looking for an unbiased, objective analysis of the maoist insurgency movement in India. Read it for a detailed understanding of the other side of the story, the maoist view of things. Read it to question, if not clear, the prejudices created by the mainstream media on the insurgency ...more
In this book, Arundhathi brilliantly question about the functioning of the government.She strives to find out the reasons behind the maoist uprising.She even stayed with the so called Maoist in Dhandakaranya in the red corridor. She was amazed by the dedication of the poor adivasi women to their cause.
Arundhathi magnificently reveals the unholy nexus betwe ...more
But yes, seeing as you're reading a book-review here on Goodreads, it's quite likely that you've spent at least some time of your life in some elite educational enclave or the other that about 3% of your fellow Indian citizens get to attend; that you are hence more com ...more
If half of what this book claims correct, India is in very serious trouble – slowly lulled to sleep by heartless corporations to be robbed in their sleep. A deep and depressing state of affairs.
I was in India very recently. Superficially, things seem to be on the mend. But not substantially.
But who am I comment?
India is funding the development of other countries.
To be honest, i was never a great fan of Ms. Roy for her fervent appeal against the Indian govt policies but her 1st person account and extensive research on the topics of Maoists and their problems has really helped me better understand her, the perspective she brings and her writings.
Great for people who want to understand wha ...more
I found second and third essays more thought provoking! Everyone who is interested in knowing more about India, the biggest democratic sham, should read these essays along with Arundhati's other books - "The Algebra Infinite Justice" and "An Ordinary Person's ...more
The three essays evenly punctuated by sarcasm give you a picture of (parallel) world where people are struggling for existence, which we are not ready to acknowledge.
The book raises more questions than it answers.
It is amazing how she rips apart the notion of Indian Republic and unmasks the lie we live. At times she is way too biased to one side but it's justified given the weight of other side by what picture the media paints. Though I love the logic she concludes with. Really, can't we leave the bauxite in the mountains?
For her work as an activist she received the Cultural Freedom Prize awarded by the Lannan Foundation in 2002.