POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Oct 29, 2010 AT 20:54 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 29, 2010 20:54 IST

Arundhati Roy in an interview to Shoma Chaudhury in the latest issue of Tehelka:


Sedition is an archaic, obsolete idea revived for us by Times Now, a channel that seems to have hysterically dedicated itself to hunting me down and putting me in the way of mob anger. Who am I anyway? Small fry for a whole TV channel. It’s not hard to get a writer lynched in this climate, and that’s what it seems to want to do. It is literally stalking me. I almost sense psychosis here. If I was the Government of India I would take a step back from the chess board of this recent morass and ask how a TV channel managed to whip up this frenzy using moth-eaten, discredited old ideas, and goad everybody into a blind alley of international embarrassment. All this has gone a long way towards internationalising the ‘Kashmir issue’, something the Indian government was trying to avoid.

One of the reasons it happened was because the BJP desperately needed to divert attention from the chargesheeting of Indresh Kumar, a key RSS leader in the Ajmer blast. This was a perfect opportunity, the media, forever in search of sensation, led by Times Now, obliged. It never occurred to me that I was being seditious. I had agreed to speak at the seminar in Delhi way before it was titled “Azadi: The only way”. The title was provocative, I guess, to people who are longing to be provoked. I don’t think it is such a big deal frankly, given what has been going on in Kashmir for more than half a century.

The Srinagar seminar was called ‘Whither Kashmir? Enslavement or Freedom?’ It was really meant for young Kashmiris to deepen the debate on what they meant by and what they wanted from azadi. Contrary to the idea that it was some fire-breathing call to arms, it was really the opposite — it was about contemplation, about deepening the debate, about asking uncomfortable questions.

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Shoma Chaudhury also sums up the latest brouhaha:

The discussions were not centred on why she said what she did on Kashmir. The discussions were: had she crossed the line? Should she be arrested for sedition? The point is, even if one disagrees vehemently with her tone or her positions, does it make what she is saying illegal? Far from “arresting or ignoring” our intellectuals — as several television anchors urged us to do — should we not engage with and debate their positions?

POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Oct 29, 2010 AT 20:54 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 29, 2010 20:54 IST
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Nov 06, 2010
09:04 AM
Dear Arundhati Roy,

I support your cause, and we always admire your courage and spirit, we also request you to take up cause of Dalits in India, it is so unfortunate that our so called upper caste hindus never think about the dalits and atrocities committed against them. Please speak about the implementation of reservation in JNU; i hope you realise the gravity of JNU admnistrators, pl take this issue also; so many JNU teachers signed the statements along with you. pl ask them why cant they speak about the implementation of reservation policy in JNU.
T.Krishna Kanth
Warangal, India
Nov 03, 2010
07:10 PM
"Yeah Arundhati Roy is too hot for us Indians.. give us back our Barkha Dutt"

Actually, Barkha Dutt, who often irritates middle-class Indians as well, wrote an excellent, stirring article about the Commonwealth games, in the Hindustan Times. She cited the good and the bad about the games. But what strikes a reader is the feeling and commitment to India that is displayed. The fundamental idea of India is good, but that it needs to pushed forward. This is quite different to what Arundhati Roy writes, where even the essential idea of India is questioned and opposed.
Varun Shekhar
Toronto, CANADA
Nov 02, 2010
05:44 PM
Arundhati, you may be bored of us, but we are sick of you. You do not have anything constructive to offer and just fish in troubled waters like pakistan and china.

Please leave us alone and go to pakistan or china where your views may be appreciated.
Ravinder Sethi
Dallas, United States
Nov 02, 2010
01:41 PM
This is classic! Here's how Roy explains her lies:

Shoma Choudhry (Tehelka): The controversy over your speeches arises largely out of one point you made: “Kashmir is not an integral part of India. That is a historical fact.” Would you like to elaborate on why you said that? (Historical fact being different from legitimate sentiment arising out of ill treatment.)

A Roy: The history is well known. I’m not going to give people a primary grade history lesson here. But isn’t the dubious history of Kashmir’s “accession” borne out by the present turmoil? Why does the Indian government have 700,000 soldiers there? Why are the interlocutors saying “draw up a road map for azadi”, or calling it a “disputed” territory? Why do we squeeze our eyes shut every time we have to look at the reality of the streets in Kashmir?

So ma'am cant give history lessons to us! But she can surely lie!!
Kiran Bagachi
mumbai, India
Nov 02, 2010
04:27 AM
A Roy is not a writer. Atleast not in her present position. She has no theories or no analysis on situation that India is facing. She has only lies, sensation and media activism as tools.

She is no author. She is an anarchist
Abhishek Drolia
Raipur, India
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