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 award-winning writer and global justice activist. Tariq Ali says of her she “is both loathed and feared by the Indian elite. Loathed because she speaks her mind. Feared because her voice reaches the world outside India and damages the myths perpetrated by New Delhi.” Among her many books are My Seditious Heart and Azadi.