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What Arundhati Roy Said At LTG

What Arundhati Roy Said At LTG
What Arundhati Roy Said At LTG
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Some reports have first attributed remarks to Arundhati Roy such as "Kashmir should get Azadi from bhookhe-nange Hindustan" and that "Roy mentioned that Kashmiris have to decide whether they want to be with or get separated from “bhookhe-nange Hindustan where more than 830 million people live on Rs 20 per day only” and then made much of them.

Now watching the video below should make it clear that she in fact says that the one slogan that she heard sometimes in Kashmir that deeply saddened her was 'Bhookha Nanga Hindustan, Jaan se Pyaara Pakistan'. (India is Naked and Hungry, Pakistan is dearer to us than Life').

In fact she is voicing opposition to such a slogan and is arguing for people of Kashmir to make common cause with the 'Bhookha Nanga Hindustan', i.e. with the hungry and the naked, the oppressed poor Indians — that in fact she is arguing just the opposite of what these reports put in her mouth.

As for the rest, readers could check out her 2008 essay published in Outlook in which she says pretty much the same things, which again one doesn't have to agree with. A good critique was carried on this website itself. Subsequent essays on Maoists et al have pretty much questioned the Indian state in much the same terms and extensive critiques have also been carried on this website in the past.

The following is the unchecked transcript that Delhi police made of the above and sent to the ministry of home affairs.

About a week ago, I was in Ranchi in a Tribunal against "Operation green Hunt" and when I was about to leave, a TV journalist asked me "Madam is Kashmir an integral part of India or not? I replied that Kashmir was never been an integral part of India.

Even Indian govt. has accepted that in UN. In 1947 we were told that India has become a sovereign nation, sovereign democracy but soon Indian military intervened. In Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Goa, Hyderabad, Junagadh and Punjab India always fought with the minorities.

This is the history of India. This is a historic meeting today in the heart of the capital of a hollow super power. Midnight of 1947 the country's imagination was fired by the spirit of independence. British drew the map and now the Indian govt is behaving like a colonizing power.
 
The elite accuse naxalites of staging a protracted war. The govt relentlessly fights its own people for waging a war as in Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Goa, Hyderabad, Junagadh, Punjab, Kashmir always the minorities be it Sikh, Christians, Tribal, Dalit, Adivasis.

In 2007 during the Amarnath land row in Kashmir I was there in Srinagar and an Indian TV journalist who said that India needs freedom from Kashmir in the same manner as Kashmir needs freedom from India. Today there are seven lakh army personnel in Kashmir.
 
One can imagine how to breathe through the barrel of AK-47. We are a slave economy which today is growing. This process has made 80% of this country's people live with Rs 20 a day. Is this the idea of justice? We are not aligned with all the struggle in the street it is idea for justice.

When I was in Kashmir during Amarnath row and recently to I stayed in a place that was filled with appreciation by people waiting for struggle and I won't let down, even by their own leaders because this is a fight for justice.

In 2007, I wrote that what broke my heart on the street of Srinagar was when people say "Nanga Bhukha Hindustan, Jaan se Pyara Pakistan" and I said no because "Nanga Bhukha Hindustan" is with you, and if you are fighting for a just society then you must align yourself with powers and here are people who have fought their lives opposing Indian state and you must know repression. People who are long associated with Narmada Valley dam and I always say that we must thank these two valleys Kashmir valley and Narmada valley.

In Narmada valley people talked about repression, spying, intelligence operations, etc. you have to decide what kind of justice you want. You can't kill 68,000 of Kashmiri Muslims and call yourself a secular state and can't allow massacre of Muslims in political debate. I have been listening to, watching and following the recent uprising in Kashmir, where innocent people, women, children are taking on the massive army.
 
It is for us people to take it higher because Indian State's tactics is also to wait for the energies to bow down sometime in the name of crisis management, elections, etc. But the point is that people have to look for methods to avoid direct confrontation. You have to ask yourself why the people of Nagaland the Naga Battalion is committing the most atrocities in Chhattisgarh.

After spending so much time in Kashmir watching CRPF, BSF, RRs knocked down by lies, you know Kashmiri CRPF, the Kashmiri BSF all the way to kill people in Chhattisgarh. You have to look beyond stone pelting and how the state is using people.

The colonial state whether British state in India or Indian state in Nagaland, Chhattisgarh, etc. they are in business to create elite to manage their atrocities.

You have to know your enemy and you have to be able to respond by aligning tactically, intelligently, locally or internationally otherwise you will be like a fish in a pond bombing the walls and get tied down and don't pick and choose your injustices because justice is key stone to integrity and integrity is key stone to real resistance.

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Syed Ali Shah Geelani speaking at the same seminar:

 

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