POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Nov 04, 2010 AT 01:24 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 04, 2010 01:24 IST

Just two articles of note that I had read earlier and thought deserved to be blogged about, for the record:

Leo Mirani in the Guardian:

Roy has important things to say, but her tone and bluster ensure the only people listening are those who already agree with her. She is preaching to the converted. To the left-leaning publications of the west, she is an articulate, intelligent voice explaining the problems with 21st-century India. For the university lefties in India, she confirms their worst fears of a nation falling apart. But to any intelligent readers who may be sitting on the fence or for anyone from middle-class India taking their first tentative steps towards greater political involvement, her polemic serves to terrify and alienate.

As Salil Tripathi writes over at the Index on Censorship blog, "Initially her dissent was seen as admirable, then as a novelty, and now her view is largely marginalised." This week's shenanigans prove that debate about Arundhati Roy is, as ever, thriving. But her writing is rapidly becoming irrelevant in Indian public discourse.

Venkatesan Vembu in the DNA narrated the points he had made in a BBC programme:

I'm not calling for Arundhati Roy to be arrested or tried for sedition. I also vehemently oppose the online outpourings of extreme right-wing lynch mobs. Nor do I defend the role of the Indian State in Kashmir.

However, Roy's delineation of the situation in Kashmir is overly simplistic, intellectually dishonest and wholly lacking in nuance or balance; in her reductionist worldview, the Indian State is Downright Evil; poor Kashmiri civilians are tortured without reason. But Kashmir's contemporary history is more complex than that. There are other geopolitical forces - including Pakistan-backed jihadi elements whose larger aim is the disintegration of secular India - that she does not acknowledge. That incomplete narrative amounts to a denial of history on her part. And in a volatile situation of the sort that exists in Kashmir, her selective outlining of history has enormous, dangerous real-life consequences...


"I'm not so cussed as to say that Ms Roy has it all wrong. She does an important job of holding up a mirror to Indian civil society and forcing us to focus on our failings. That's an important function. In 1998, when she declared herself an 'independent mobile republic', I met her at a public talk and I asked for citizenship in her 'republic'. So she's greatly admired, even by some of us who critique her work."


POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Nov 04, 2010 AT 01:24 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 04, 2010 01:24 IST
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Daily Mail
Nov 24, 2010
06:35 AM

The bad guys always connect to each other, either by the way of doing things or in their intention. That is the problem, so their voices are loud and acts criminal.

The bigger problem, however, is disconnect between the right thinking people. They may think right but when action is required, they are as good as mentally bankrupt and highly corrupt who can be bought by small sum of cash and a fair lady for sex adventures.

Lalit Jha
Houston, United States
Nov 23, 2010
12:11 PM

Instead of going after her secret or hiden agenda its enough to realise that after the government has evidence to prove the link between the notorious Pakistani ISI and the Maoists with whom this Arundathi Roy has a soft corner is lkely to have monetary benefits from the enemy country as well.Its for the same reason now that she has an eye on the plights of the Kashmiri Muslim separatists and not the law abiding and peace loving kashmiri Muslims and has no concerns or the poor in Jammu region because they constitute the Hindus.Her agenda is to internationalise issue likes Kashmir and Maoist problems and project them as Indians humiliating the people of Kashmiri Muslims and commiting human rights violations against the communist insurgents.This is not taking her anywhere.

bangalore, India
Nov 17, 2010
08:04 PM

As a indian we have a fundamental right to speach. so from my side she not wrong  she is one of them who are whistleblower from kashmir side coz they are also humans so how more they are tolerate control over them.

Rajesh kumar
faridabad, India
Nov 13, 2010
10:35 AM
Arundati roy is dead right when she says that the Indian state has failed the Kashmiris!
How else can you justify the shocking silence of the Indian state when lakhs of Kashmiri pandits were hounded out of the valley for not reciting the kalima, opposing the imposition of 'Nizaam-e-mustafa' rule,for standing up for the Indian soverignity and rule and are being made to live as refugees is their own motherland.The indian state lost its soul in Kashmir the day it stoically/helplessly kept silent and allowed this 'ethnic cleansing' to occur.
Let me not take sides by saying that the indian state and Arundathi roy stand on the same pedestal with regards to showing utter disinterest in The Kashmiri pandit cause for it does,nt apparently suit their political agendas!Pity your impotence!
Dr Shyam sarvodey
Mysore, India
Nov 12, 2010
11:35 PM
Vivek, very well said about the NY Times. The arrogance, condescension and hypocrisy from them is just mind boggling. Even an ethnic Indian legislator was moved to write a strongly worded response to one of their editorials.

Institutionally, countries like the US and Canada are still hostile to India, or at least unfriendly. Particularly the media. At the level of individuals, yes, you can always find intelligent, informed people who can look beyond the belching and gassing of the NY Times and other media.
Varun Shekhar
Toronto, CANADA
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