Magazine article New Internationalist

Power Politics by Arundhati Roy

Magazine article New Internationalist

Power Politics by Arundhati Roy

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Since she won the Booker Prize in 1997 with her splendid novel, The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy has become a severe annoyance to some very important people. Her involvement in the Narmada Dam protests has led to sneering references to her as a `writer-activist'. She was jailed for one day for contempt and is contesting a number of trumped-up charges in various parts of India. In an intemperate rant against what they called `that woman', the Indian Supreme Court accused her of `contumacious violation... vicious stultification and vulgar debunking (which) pollutes the stream of justice'. An object lesson there, I think, to all budding writer-activists!

Power Politics brings together Arundhati Roy's recent essays. In five pithy and elegant pieces, she skewers India's political elite and their complicity in the barbaric neo-colonialism that is globalization. From the ruinous privatization of India's power supply to the environmental and social disaster of the Madhya Pradesh water projects, she exposes the compact between greedy corporations and venal bureaucrats. …

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