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Arundhati Roy: 'Necessary But Wrong'

Arundhati Roy: 'Necessary But Wrong'
Arundhati Roy: 'Necessary But Wrong'
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The Economist reviews Arundhati Roy's  Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy:

...Whether or not he is guilty, Ms Roy does laudable work in defending Mr Guru when others—including at times India’s legal fraternity, according to Ms Roy—would not...

So entrenched is the anti-globalisation that informs her world view, she would be tough to dissuade. But what alternative strategies does she advocate for improving India? Hard to say. A rare suggestion for better governance—the formation of a shadow parliament “that keeps an underground drumbeat”—does not seem terribly serious. On economic policy, Ms Roy has even less to offer—other than to slam recent governments for aspiring to rapid economic growth. This is a “project” she considers to be “encrypted with genocidal potential”. For a more measured analysis, Ms Roy should perhaps turn to the finance ministry’s recently published Economic Survey. There she would read that, “High growth is critical to generate the revenues needed for meeting our social welfare objectives.” Ms Roy should take note.

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