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The Algebra Of Infinite Justice

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,120 ratings  ·  65 reviews
First published in 2001, this book brings together all of Arundhati Roy's political writings so far. This revised paperback edition includes two new essays, written in early 2002: 'Democracy: Who's She When She's Not at Home', which examines the horrific communal violence in Gujarat, and 'War Talk: Summer Games with Nuclear Bombs', about the threat of nuclear war in the Su ...more
303 pages
Published 2001 by Penguin Books India
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Manu Prasad
For a few years now, I have heard everyone - from sections of media to people in my social stream call Arundhati Roy everything from a Naxalite lover to a development hater to a deranged person, the last instance during the happenings in Kashmir. In fact, these days whenever there’s an issue of national interest with a scope for polarised opinions, I find many people asking about her take, just so they can heap more ridicule. And though I have never really been a fan of her award winning work of ...more
Roy’s lexis dazzle through each penned composition voicing a valiant and scathing critique of falsified political institutions and the materialization of Indian fascism.
I am not a left-winger. I have chopped off my right wing as well few years back. Standing at the center and tilting either way as the situation demands is hypocrisy, in my opinion.

So I just stand away from the line and observe.

In short, I don't have a stand. And that gives me an opportunity to view all in sort of an unbiased way.

But, Arundhati Roy has a stand. Left of most. And she throws brickbats at anyone who stands right of her.I needed to understand why she is hurling these bludgeons. So I
Eduardo Moraes
From "War Is Peace":

"Nothing can excuse or justify an act of terrorism, whether it is committed by religious fundamentalists, private militia, people's resistance movements—or whether it's dressed up as a war of retribution by a recognised government. The bombing of Afghanistan is not revenge for New York and Washington. It is yet another act of terror against the people of the world. Each innocent person that is killed must be added to, not set off against, the grisly toll of civilians who died
Though her writing may appeal primarily to left-wing intellectuals, this book is one every individual should have on his or her bookshelf. Her longest essay in this book, The Greater Common Good, focuses on large dam construction, but covers many issues of philosophical interest. Why take away from one and give to another? A utilitarian could make the argument that we should strive for the greatest good for the greatest number of people, but who is receiving the greatest good? We know that it is ...more
Nafis Faizi
This book has probably, some of the best collection of essays, I have ever read. I don't know why people (read humans, not right winged fools) hate her, when her observations are supported by hard facts !You don't worship a writer, you follow what you think is supported by facts and has a deduction you agree with. That she's one sided everyone knows,that she gets very emotional is also known, but that's passion, and so what ? Well lemme put it in her own words, in one of her essays 'the end of i ...more
A society is judged by the way it treats its less fortunate. This book speaks volumes about how a state basically ignores the rights and basic needs of its own people while ironically claiming to act on their behalf. As a result, people suffer. Weapons are amassed, wars are fought, tenders are won.
While it has a way of grinding its point into the reader, the book is still an interesting read, telling the story of the atomic bomb, the hydroelectric dam, the religious divide, giving it an almost
It would be safe to say that Arundhati Roy is one of the bravest mainstream writers in India today. In this book she talks about important issues which affect the 'real' India and gives voice to those on whose 'graves' we have built our 'shining India'. Her prose is imbibed with a poetic fervor which gives us gems like:

"To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest p
Passionate writing as usual. The book mentions multitude of events, dates and facts leaving the reader with an urgency to explore more, cross check facts and research further about India and the world.

Roy is aware of being accused (?!) of taking a political stand unlike writers that brush through facts and leave the readers to make their own judgements. That precisely, makes her a great writer.

She does not hurl accusations at people, only facts. While reprimanding Bush for his (in)famous "You'r
This book is amazing and everyone should read it. This is a compilation of several essays by Roy. She discusses Dam projects in India, the US war, Enron, privitzation of natural resources, displacement of native peoples, and how all of this affects us globally.

This book really opened my eyes to a variety of different issues & I saw them from a new perspective.

Her writing is clear and concise, yet very emotionally charged.

5 starts all the way.
This is a collection of essays mostly dealing with Indian politics, though she does write at some length about 9/11 and the US. Roy is coming from the left, the far, angry, firebrand left. She makes no apologies about her conclusions and being on the "right" (as in, correct, not political right-wing) side of each issue.

This is a perspective that is completely missing from the stock US political dialog.
This book has a lot to teach people about the way the world works. It explained a lot of things about power and corruption that I didn't understand and Arundhati Roy is a wonderful author and teacher. Her writing is passionate and powerful and will change the way you think about the world. This is one of her most powerful books and should be a must read for every human being on this planet.
Anshu Raj Singh
To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.

These lines by Arundhati Roy effectively sum up the message of the book.

Ms.Roy has has been
Aparna Tripathy
The pervading -air in the book is of radical activism as she argues all her positions staunchly and sweeps the reader with the power of her words, so much so that there is a danger of believing her implicitly. Though all of what she says makes sense, the dangers of absolutism lurk.The essay after which the book is named was written in the aftermath of September 11. This piece is a compelling critique of American policies and she has taken care to tread a fine line.War Talk is more like an epilog ...more
May 13, 2009 Julia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julia by: Zach Wagner
In all seriousness, Arundhati Roy is my hero. She tells it like it is and speaks truth to power like whoa. I feel so inspired and energized when I read her work.
This woman seems to have too much pop corn in her head. Looks like she can present really good left-libral arguments, but she is more of a showman.
Rahul Khanna
I have only three words to write- 'please read it'. She is a innate writer.
Mike Wigal
She's a hell of a writer #1. If after writing "The God of Small Things" she had remained "just" a novelist she would have been treasured. But winning the Mann-Booker prize gave her the platform to write political essays. "Algebra of Infinite Justice" is a collection of some of them. Although it's pretty India-centric, and a bit dated, coming soon after 9/11, her politics is clear. Whenever in doubt she sides with the exploited. The US, George Bush and cronies (including Tony Blair) come in for t ...more
good at writing fiction does not mean good at writing politics
Ayushi Nayak
An apt, oh-wait-for-it, perfect read!
Dennis Dason
“The Algebra of Infinite justice” – first of all it didn’t look like a typical paperback due to its odd dimensions (Don’t judge a book by its cover – the book hammered me back after completing the book)

This book is a collection of strong worded political essays of Roy all published before 2002 in various magazines – some of it has been updated and upgraded for this book. All essays are voicing from a different perspective which were hitherto unheard or may be silenced then. It makes me wonder
Jamie  Rosenbloom
I found this book to be incredibly powerful. It was a required reading for my ethics course, and I was dreading it. Once I started it, however, I couldn't put it down. While she is incredibly one-sided and uses language to her advantage (as any good writer should do), she brings to light numerous things that have been overlooked and avoided by both the Indian and American governments. She poignantly shines light onto the inhumane things happening in India to those in the lowest castes, including ...more
This book is the first of Arundhati Roy’s works that I have read and it was exactly what I expected it to be – controversial with a big ‘C’! At the outset, I must say that I disagree with much of what Roy has argued for or against, nonetheless, I must acknowledge that she makes very clever use of language to push forward her points of view. This book, in parts, is rather biased and it resembles the work of a stubborn and rebellious teenager, who views the whole world as being against her – Roy h ...more
Ved Prakash
After reading Arundhati Roy’s “Walking with Comrades”, I was expecting this book to be a very powerful and capable of changing the view with which you see the world around and I must say I cannot be more satisfied. As one of my friend said a few days ago, “Arundhati Roy is the most intelligent writer in India”, he couldn’t be more veracious. The facts in the book have been well researched and almost every point that Roy makes has been supported with impregnable evidence. Roy thinks more clearly ...more
Ramkumar  R
“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand.To never look away. And never, never to forget.”.Arundhati Roy
Arundhati Roy writes some amazing essays. they convey the ground reality mot of the times, however, her opinions and views make her seem as a socialist-leftist, not a liberalist. However, in this age, it is important to have a second point of view, something which is not provided to us by the media at large.

Hats off to Ms. Roy for an amazing book.
a must read for those who want to read know more about anti-govt sentiments and all the negative points of modern development and establishments esp on dams. Although, felt like the author has over-hyped things.

Sever criticism with little solution.

Kolagani Paramahamsa
Great book. Arundathi Roy's writing style never ceases to impress me. This book is a combination of great writing, good newspaper articles and a PhD thesis. The order in which the points were presented, the numbers to prove points and citations to support them makes the my most favorite book up to now.

The 2nd and 3rd chapters titled 'The Greater Common Good' and 'Power Politics' which were written in a sarcastic tone, are the best chapters in the book. These chapters alone made the book my favor
A searing collection of fascinating essays from the Booker Prize winning author. Covering a broad gamut of socio political issues this collection sizzles and spews forth transparency, tenacity and temerity
Muhammad Younis
Political analysis of what its is to be a nuclear nation and who actually has the power over powerful. The internal relationships between the states can be understood after reading this book.
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Arundhati Roy is an Indian writer who writes in English and an activist who focuses on issues related to social justice and economic inequality. She won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her novel, The God of Small Things, and has also written two screenplays and several collections of essays.

For her work as an activist she received the Cultural Freedom Prize awarded by the Lannan Foundation in 2002.

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