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India: The World's Largest Democracy

Program #ROYA017. Recorded in New York, NY on November 20, 2011.

India’s Armed Forces Special Powers Act has given its military a license to kill. An elaborate surveillance network stifles dissent. The corporate pillaging of India takes place in state coordinated backroom deals and cover-ups. The level of corruption is staggering. Arundhati Roy describes the impact of these trends on India in general, and especially in Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and of course Kashmir. While Washington forges “one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century” for the United States, its partner in democracy in New Delhi is implementing colonial practices toward indigenous and rural populations. Predatory capitalism has state sanction in India. Interview by David Barsamian.

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Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy is a world-renowned writer and global justice activist. The New York Times calls her, "India's most impassioned critic of globalization and American influence." Among her many honors are the Lannan Foundation's Cultural Freedom Award and the Sydney Peace Prize. She is the author of many books including The God of Small Things, The Checkbook & the Cruise Missile, Field Notes on Democracy, Walking with the Comrades and Capitalism A Ghost Story. Her introductory essay to B.R. Ambedkar's Annihilation of Caste is "The Doctor and the Saint."

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