India: The World’s Largest Democracy
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.
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.” She is the author of the novels The God of Small Things, for which she received the Booker Prize, and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Her book of interviews with David Barsamian is The Checkbook & the Cruise Missile. A collection of her essays My Seditious Heart is published by Haymarket.