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Where’s the Love, Arundhati?

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In the wake of the Maoists’ killing of 75 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in India, so many thoughts come to mind. What makes the difference between the shrill desperate voices of rebels and the powerful redemptive works of people like Dr. Paul Farmer in Haiti and organizations like the International Justice Mission?

Writer Arundhati Roy said last year that the Maoists were justified in their violence because the government has been unjust to them. Ms. Roy, no stranger to controversy, has been consistent in placing the blame squarely on the government (and by implication the relatively better off society that supports it) for several ills — capitalism, free trade, military purchases and upgrades (notably on nuclear weapons), large private or government projects that displace thousands of people from their own lands without adequately compensating them, the Kashmir issue and the social and economic inequality in India.

A few weeks ago she published an article in the Guardian about her interview with the Maoists, the first time a journalist received an invitation to talk to them.

A fair reading of Ms. Roy’s articles convinces us of the pain she feels in coming to acquaintance with the tragic history of these peoples and the injustice they have been victims of. A writer by profession and “activist” on the behalf of oppressed people by calling, she gets this information and does what she does best — write articles about it. These articles are clearly sympathetic to the oppressed people, and the people they kill are frequently the “emerging superpower” (full of hubris), policemen who are trained to kill in cold blood, fight like a guerilla, use high tech weapons and training from Israel and other countries against the poor.

I wonder, has Ms. Roy ever thought about talking to some of these police men and women, their spouses, their parents, their kids? Some of these are ex-Maoists who help the police in tracking down violent criminals, trying to redeem some of their terrible past. Who are these people who are engaged in a war with the Maoists? Are they simply paid vassals of big government, corporations, landowners, et al — in short, glorified thugs who are only to eager to draw blood? If they were not around, would those of us who are not Maoists exist at all? For it seems to me that the Maoist vision of — as so many such revolutionaries of the past have envisioned in places like Cambodia, Vietnam, North Korea and other places — that their vision of India is not so much cooperation but a reversal of dominance and power.

Ms. Roy often says that Maoist violence is triggered by events so horrifying that one cannot help but take arms against the government— cases of rape, humiliation, murder, forced eviction and so on. I have worked with people in the slums and others who minister to them in large cities like New Delhi and Chennai. These people are largely peacable, going about their work diligently but thankful for the opportunity to learn from the social workers I was with. We worked with the kids, giving them basic education, sometimes material benefits, support with getting jobs or setting up businesses, medical care and very often emotional and moral support. One of my most abiding memories is that of a little girl who had lost her mother to heart disease, refusing to come out of her tiny hut. When another kid let her know that we were there, she came out hugged one of our woman team members and cried for several minutes. Their trust and pain have changed me as a person. I see that the only answer to their pain is our love and commitment.

Back to my earlier question: what makes an organization like IJM or World Serve go quietly about freeing bonded labourers in Tamil Nadu or sexual slaves in the Phillipines? Is it the rush of power that comes from leading them out of the unjust system? Or could it be the promise of a new world order in which every one could be equal?

Dr. Paul Farmer described his remarkable efforts in Haiti as the “Long Defeat” — a series of soul-wrenching battles which often seem destined to be lost. But hope, in his case rooted in his Christian conviction, gives us rumours of other glories and keeps us fighting.

One has to ask as the old Bud Light commercial used to ask— Where is the love, Arundhati? I thought once that you had the love. When you were heriocally and peacefully opposing the dam construction at Narmada. Besides your protest, I wonder what those long years achieved in getting the erstwhile residents of those lands to settle in communities that would have benefiited them. What have you gained for them that our society lost in the process of the dam construction? Yes, I know that the Narmada Bachao Andolan has materially helped them. Have you truly rallied the Indian people to be giving, to be generous and organize to help these people? No, you have simply raised a call to fight the good fight. Isn’t it far easier to carry a placard and shout your platitudes from the rooftops than to actually sacrificially give of yourself to help people?

The Maoists can fight until the cows come home and achieve nothing in the process. The phrase ‘Cooperation not Competition’ has been around in social networks for some time now- meaning that small communities organized together, doing things that build societies and economies will win the day. Those who simply want to fight the good fight will end up the way they have been ending up for centuries, whether they win or lose- create other inequalities which yet others will rise up to fight.

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  • WellWisherOfIndia

    Indian police are criminals in Khaki uniform carrying out the draconian orders of Brahmin rulers. If you roam around to kill innocent people why should you expect not to be killed by the other side. The author’s problem is that he discusses only the events and not the reason behind the events, a clear reflection of his lack of intellectual depth.
    Do you know how many innocents Kashmiris have been either killed or maimed by Indian army and police. Did you ever think, what might a mother who lost his son, a sister who lost her brother, and a wife who lost her husband to Indian brutality might have been undergoing emotionally. It is disgusting how so-called Indian intellectuals and media interpret things; they are still slaves even after 6 decades of physical independence from British. Ms Roy is an independent, great thinker and a humanitarian, and is well respected around the world. She is wise and the wisdom is never short-sighted. You are a slave in thinking because you subjugate your thinking to fake nationalism, communalism, and casteism, and allow or support human suffering on the basis of these fake ideologies. Indian nationalism or patriotism might be a great thing for an elite Brahman enjoying all the amenities of life, but it carries no meaning for the people who can’t even feed their family a single meal a day, and it is also meaningless for the people who are even being killed on the name of this fake nationalism (like you Indian kill Kashmiris). Violence breeds violence and injustice perpetuates injustice. Shame on the wicked Indian conscience! Indians cannot rise above their petty national interests, and won’t condemn their army for its ( army’s) worst human rights violations in Kashmir.

  • RealWellWisherOfIndia

    “carrying out the draconian orders of Brahmin rulers”

    Prime Minister of India – Sikh
    Super Prime Minister – Actual Real Leader – Sonia Gandhi – Catholic
    Chief Minister of Largest State – Uttar Pradesh – Mayawati – Dalit
    Chief Minister of richest state – Punjab – Sikh
    number 1 leader of BJP – CM of most industrial state – Narendra Modi – OBC Caste.

    Kashmiris are not innocent – Kashmiris performed ethnic cleansing and kicked out half a million Kashmiri Hindus (who have been living there for 10,000 years) from Kashmir.

    With “wellWishers” like you we do not need enemies!

  • ashok kumar

    Chidambaram should be sending his posh rich family sons to fight the wars rather than send poor Indians who are so desperate that they dont have other livelihood than join the army. Crocodile tears of the posh Chidambaram who will gain financially and otherwise if Vedanta and other multinationals exploit the trampled poor and helpless of India. More money for his son Karthik from the contributions of the MNCs. All the sympathetic NRI s should go back to India either to serve the poor in the forests or to fight them with the poor soldiers from the army rather than express “fake gratuitous patriotism” for India againts the communist bogeyman which is very convenient. If India cannot serve the poor adivasis and the poor foot soldiers who are sent as cannon fodder, I say f*** India. What bullshit is the sentiment of patriotism for a country if the country does not take care of the most helpless and downtrodden.

  • gaurav

    Arundhati Roy should be grateful that she is an Indian.

    Otherwise we could have to come know that “Arundhati Roy was a Chinese”. Arundhati Roys become past tense in China, in no time.

  • Vijai

    I’m not sure that this article- 3 pages in all- is actually read in its entireity. A wiser one than Roy once said, ‘one who lives by the sword will die by the sword’. Not a noble death, but simply an end to their efforts and all in vain.

    Please read the whole article- I haven’t left root causes or serving por in forests unsaid.

  • Nin Thale

    Why does Arundhati Roy never write about where these Maoists get the money to buy all these landmines and guns? They are not representing poor tribals. If the Maoists do have access to so much money, why are they not building schools and hospitals for the tribals instead of buying all this ammunition? Was Arundhati too afraid to ask the Maoists about the source of their funding?

    Let’s say the Maoists were in control and Arundhati Roy disagreed with them on a policy issue. Do you think they would let her write anything against them? How can any writer hold up an repressive brutal philosophy as superior to democracy?

    Do Arundhati Roy and the nutcases that sympathize with these Naxals know that Maoists behead those they suspect of cooperating with the democratically elected government? The Maoist philosophy is one of power and terror: comply or be eliminated.

  • WellWisherOfIndia

    Mr. Vijai:
    The adage that ‘one who lives by the sword dies by the sword’ does not apply to the poor who rose against the Indian tyrannical rule despite all the odds. It applies to Indians who live only on by the sword and not by the core human values of freedom and justice for all. You have stock piles of nuclear and other weapons, and the largest army in the world to threaten or to terrorize either your own adivas, and other poor people, or the people of Kashmir. Remember and understand, you are living by the sword and not the poor and other oppressed people whom you have forced under your occupation or dirty rule by the brute force. A poor oppressed person knows that he is against the powerful army, but still takes up small arms to fight the mighty. It is the determination of the poor and the wrath of your injustice which will destroy you (India). India is living by the sword, and will eventually self-destruct itself.

  • http://warofthewaves.blogspot.com Luis Cayetano

    “Why does Arundhati Roy never write about where these Maoists get the money to buy all these landmines and guns? They are not representing poor tribals. If the Maoists do have access to so much money, why are they not building schools and hospitals for the tribals instead of buying all this ammunition? Was Arundhati too afraid to ask the Maoists about the source of their funding?”

    My understanding was that the rebels acquire their arms by raiding police stations.

    Don’t you think that if it was so easy to “get money” to build hospitals, there wouldn’t BE an insurgency in the first place?

    “How can any writer hold up an repressive brutal philosophy as superior to democracy?”

    She doesn’t do anything of the sort. And in any case, I’d like to know about the “democracy” you’re alluding to. It wouldn’t, by any chance, happen to be the fraud that’s perpetuated in India?

    “The Maoist philosophy is one of power and terror: comply or be eliminated.”

    Never mind “philosophy”; power and terror are the ACTUAL vocations of the Indian state.

  • Vijai

    The Indian state like all states in the world is a large bureaucratic machine. Government by definition, whether a democracy, a dictatorship, a benevolent monarchy or a semi-anarchy, is often well-intentioned and ill-devised.

    People who take up arms are outrages morally and have the righteous indignation that translates into violence. Noone disputes the terrible injustice done to them. Isn’t it true also that in the process of carrying out the great revenge against the rest of the society they perpetrate further injustices. Read recent articles in Rediff and other sources about kids who were taken from families by Maoists to be trained to kill. Some of them have renegaded from this group and are helping the police track down criminals in the Maoist group.

    What would you say to a person who has been in this way robbed, maimed or kidnapped by Maoists? Aren’t they too similarly justified in taking up arms against Maoists. The sword adage is from the Bible, and is intended to convey that change begins not through projection of power (as all revolutionaries seem to think) but in human hearts. Some of the organizations I mentione in the article are working not only to create change (by educating, ministering aid, food, clothes) but also by educating the relatively better off about these conditions. The only success I have seen in India in the fight against injustice are those who spread justice through acts of love. Please see ijm.org for their work in India.

    My point is not to justify the police or the Indian nation or any other nation- these ideas as Ms. Roy and several others want to convey are not the ideas that will help India as a society.

    I think that at some point it is possible for a person like Roy to actually believe in “their cause” but not have any love for those who are oppressed. It is possible to hate slavery but have no love for the slave. It is possible to feel Indian but detest the vast majority of Indians.

    Given the choice between such people and the team I mentioned I worked with in the slum it is no contest as to who I would choose to align myself with.

  • Vijai

    second para in my post should read: “People who take up arms are outrageD”

    My keyboard is weird today

  • Nin Thale

    >> My understanding was that the rebels acquire their arms by raiding police stations.

    You think the police stations have landmines and assault rifles? Most police stations, even in cities, have minimal weapons (as evidenced by the Mumbai 26/11 attacks). And policemen in India carry lathis, which are wooden batons; not guns.

    Maoists do not represent the poor. They are a well funded terror group. While democracies have flaws; the answer is not the wanton violence that Maoists practice.

    >>power and terror are the ACTUAL vocations of the Indian state.

    Really? Don’t forget: Arundhati Roy writes fiction. For real news about India, you should read the papers. Or better still, visit India for at least a few days.

    And finally, it is the democracy in India that permits Arundhati Roy’s voice being heard; in contrast, Maoists don’t permit dissent in their terror camps, as evidenced by all the beheadings.

  • Nin Thale

    Where is the outrage among the Maoists supporters about:
    1. The murders and crimes by the Maoists against those tribals who don’t want to support their fight?
    2. About the Maoist murder of all the police personnel over the years? Do the police not have spouses, parents, and children who weep over their loss? Do these Naxal sympathizers think all police are evil ghouls? Police personnel too are human: they cuddle with their toddlers and love their spouses, just like the tribals.

  • WellWisherOfIndia

    Mr Vijai:
    I appreciate your sentiment for selfless and active participation in the salvation of poor and exploited.

    After reading your blog, any neutral observer can conclude that you are heavily pro-establishment or pro-Indian in thinking. In one of your comments, you even say that there are many other countries with poor governance and India is not an exception–an argument which heavily puts a question mark on your neutrality, given that India is perhaps one among the top couple of countries in the world with worst human rights records.

    There are some fundamental questions to be asked to understand why there is violence:

    1. What makes a peaceful person take up arms. What are the conditions under which I myself may be compelled to take up arms.

    2. Where there any attempts by the person who took up the arms have his problems addressed peacefully.

    3. Why is a particular armed struggle spread over hundreds and thousands of villages and towns. There are always few criminals in populations, but how can hundreds and thousands of people be criminals.

    4. Why has a particular armed struggle sustained throughout decades and is becoming almost impossible for the most powerful to crush it.

    5. The so-called terrorists kill Indian police and the Indian police kill the so-called terrorists; terrorists kill and maim innocent people, and so does police. In this vicious circle of violence, who is the real culprit and whom should I call terrorist. How should this vicious cycle of violence be broken.

    6. Why do some people hate India to death and why do some people love it to death.

    7. Why should I expect the establishment, who has been there for decades together, to fix the problem.

    Ms Arundhati Roy has very honestly and meticulously answered these questions in her various writings. One truly sees a glimpse of greatness in Ms Roy’s thinking. That is why she is the only one with a different point of view in more than a billion people, a quality that is consistent with greatness. One won’t expect Gandhis and Aristotles on every corner of a street.

    Unless you understand the problem in correct perspective, you will never be able to address and treat it properly.

    I do support the cause and motivation of IJM. However, I think working to change unjust political systems is relatively quick and effective way of bringing justice to oppressed.

  • (in)San(e)jay

    I agree with well wisher of india in the fact that the maoists are the ones with the true vision of India…..
    they will guide india on the true path of enlightment and progress…
    a path littered with bullets and corpses of dissenters…
    India will then become the country of all those EQUALLY poor….
    EQUALLY miserable and EQUALLY starving…
    the maoists are right in adopting and adhering to a philosophy that has been abandoned in the parent country itself…
    progress in any form will reach some people before it does others.. it is the rule of life…
    if progress is that unfair… ban it to hell!!
    that seems to be the maoist philosophy…
    I support it…
    how dare does a country like india try to put in place social projects to benefit rural folk when all these people need is a bit of gunpowder and a chance to kill aimlessly..
    how dare the law enforcers even accuse a maoist responsible for hundreds of deaths when the policemen themselves might have caused some collateral damage in the process of creating order…
    enforcers in every country contain some wayward thugs who take advantage of their position…
    the only solution to that is kill each and every policemen going about his job to support his family…
    perfect soultion…
    maoists i support you!!
    how dare does this pro establisment author question the view of arundhati roy when she supports the innocent maoists who blew up almost to 75 families to bits just to make a show of strength to a govt that ignores them…
    i totally agree with you Mr. Well wisher of India!!!

  • Vijai

    I wonder if you read my blog at all- or simply my articles here. There is nothing pro-establishment about me- nor is there any populist sentiment of toppling the government and grasping power by the barrel of the gun. Thanks for your comments.

    Our views depend on where we stand. If you seriously think that the Maoist vision is right in an absolute sense, I have nothing to say to you. Even Ms. Roy, while making common cause with the Maoists, said that terrorism is a heartless ideology and that it is not the right way to do things.

    I never realized you could actually advocate terror to fight terror.

  • WellWisherOfIndia

    No, I don’t support terrorism. You misunderstood my post. Terrorism from any side whether from government, or from the people opposing the government should be condemned. When you take sides, you won’t be able to reach to a just conclusion and thus to just solution to a problem. I simply tried to emphasize to look at the cause of the violence in a neutral perspective.

    You don’t topple the governments by the barrel of a gun, but you can highlight, and also educate and inform people about the wrongdoings of government, mobilize public opinion for the just cause of the people. It necessary does not mean that you have to support the people perpetuating terrorism whether from government or from any other side

  • Vijai

    When you educate people to help them understand the root causes, what would you suggest the people do? I can think of some alternatives:

    1. Mobilize political and social leadership to create economic and social equity, especially in large deals made regarding “government” land which has been tribal land for centuries.

    2. Administer/Volunteer your time and resources to directly impact victims of oppression.

    3. Never compromise on evil- wherever it happens, whether from the government or from the people themselves. Simply because it is a peoples’ movement doesn’t make it just.

    I’m intrigued you can spot a pro-establishment bias in the article. So can I spot a pro-Maoist bias in your comments. My post is in context- the most recent killing has been prepetrated by Maoists; if you go back to my blog (not the Blogcritics one) you will find several entries on all kinds of injustice not just this one.

  • Vijai

    Also you say, “working to change unjust political systems is relatively quick and effective way of bringing justice to oppressed.”

    If the Maoist movement can do this (1- quickly, 2- effectively, 3- bring justice to everyone who is oppressed not just themselves) then perhaps we should all be on their side.

    Could you name from human history a single society that achieved this through a similar revolution. Only one example.

  • WellWisherOfIndia

    It is difficult to understand the cause of the violence in proper context if we highlight one incident (if it is recent) and ignore others.

    If an organized force like army or police perpetrate the same crimes as criminals, it is not justified not to call police and army as thugs and criminals. What is the difference between police and Moaists: one kills on the behest of unjust government and other tries to retaliate. Both perpetrate the same violence. Both are either criminals or saints. When one kills other retaliates and the cycle goes on.

    Again, in my comments, I stressed that if a government commits injustice and crimes, it is forcing people to turn to the path of violence. By acts of justice, you spread justice. By being a big criminal (like a government), you give rise to small crimes and criminals.

    By highlighting the injustices and crimes perpetrated by a government, you are creating awareness among the people to be fair in judgement and thus promoting the cause of poor and oppressed. This is exactly what Ms Roy did. By highlighting injustice perpetrating by Indian government, she has been successful at least letting people to ponder “why do Moaist kill and why are they being killed”. What prompted you to write a blog and what makes me to discuss Moaists, it is all because of Ms Roy. Had Ms Roy not reflected the nature of the Indian government, we would have ignored the CRPF killing as another criminal act by Maoists.

    Please go through her article “What have we done to democracy” and you will yourself see how meticulously she has exposed Indian atrocities and injustices across India and Kashmir.

    I did not support or oppose the Maoist way of doing the things. I just said people across the world should be made aware about the injustices of the government, mobilize public opinion against injustice, and the tyrannical rule.

    History is replete with examples where people have overcome the mightiest. Indian independence movement was simply mobilization of public opinion against British. Though once itself a victim of injustice, India has turned worst perpetrator of human rights violations.

  • (in)San(e)jay

    Mr. Vijai….
    sadly i need to add this post as my sarcasm fails to reach over the boundaries of the internet…
    my apologies if any comments were misconstrued….

  • surya

    well MR WELL WISHER OF INDIA,first of all pls change this name of yours,coz the comments u write makes u look like a leader of this movement by maoists. just ask me and ma family how does it feels when one of your family member is down in those jungles,right now i m feeling of giving you and this arundhati roy a tight slap on your faces,i am not an intellectual but i do understand things like a normal person.
    if ppl like you and arundhati roy want to change the system for them go and work with maosists.teach them the way towards peace.dont bark from these forums.
    i know the maosists leaders are sitting on a pot of gold,thats y they r buying these sophisticated arms. they should have invested this money in the development of the tribals,,should have given books in there hands instead of guns.
    and to you again i know ur definitely not indian,,,go get some lyf,,consider this as hatred from me to you and your dear fictional writer A R

  • Charan

    I hope British Police are able to crack down the IP address of Well wisher of India before his frustration over fundamental rights of Kashmiris, Maoisists, Leftists, Dalits etc boild over and the poor chap is forced to blow up a train or a plane in India or London. My friend I will help you get rid of the pain you carry in your heart. I hope someone puts u in a jail soon.

  • Arjun

    Your concerns are right. See what the world is thinking and talking about us (India) and what is Arundhati Roy speaking. Please watch the Roy interview video on Democracynow website.

  • Reyaz

    What Arundhati Roy says about India is very true. It indeed is a barbaric society. I mean the Indian middle and upper class which schematically supports poverty and cheap labour. I think U.S. should attack India before it attacks Iran and free the poor from the hegemony of the rich.

  • Rajesh Tiwari

    I think China is helping the Maoists. That’s where they get their arms from and ofcourse they loot the government and police to get the arms. The government of India is fully aware where they get the arms from. It is in their interest to provide the Maoists with the arms so that Indian government can justify itself for Operation Greenhunt and the collateral damage it brings. So it’s a war triggered by the government for the government’s interest. All that is very clear. I think there is a range of corporate interest including the national and international giants eyeing on it like a dog eyes a piece of fresh meat. And government needs money to conduct elections and win them, so obviously this war is in the interest of the government. It is in the interest of the government to wipe off the poor forest people. Not through development but through genocide and cold-blooded murder. It is quite obvious. It all the fault of the government and not people like Arundhati who brings up these issues.

    Surya and Charan, it is important to look at things from an intellectual in-depth manner. I too thought that Arundhati Roy and people like her are anti-Indian. But I have realised it is not so. Lets not get emotional here. Our Congress government is very much responsible for all this chaos. I think it is very important for us to understand that we need to stop being pretentious as the best and the most culticultural democracy ever. Because quite honestly, it is not so. I have seen the class, caste, economic disparity. We become so used to it that we start justifying the existence of it. We okay everything repulsive. And that is not okay. We need to be self-critical and stop looking at ourselves as the best. And that’s what Roy does.

    I know many people says that she is doing it for her own selfish motto. I wouldn’t buy that. I mean she could have easily gone and lived in the poshest suburbs of London after her Booker and written another 3 fictions and led a very comfortable life. But she didn’t. She donated her entire Booker money, some 20 million dollars, to the cause of the Sardar Sarovar Dam.
    Secondly, she has no political motive. She criticises the BJP as much as she criticises the Congress in the harshest and merciless manner. I think we need to pay heed to that. That she is a Marxist, is a lie. She has proclaimed her rebellion against Communism in her first book itself and has mentioned that politics soils the concept of communism, not that communism itself is bad. And yes, she identifies herself as a writer and social activists. To bring out and harshly criticise is her job and we, as a part of civil society should respect people’s opinions. Calling her names reflects a very bad name on the Indian civil society. Because the conculsions you are drawing against her has no base.

  • WellWisherOfIndia

    Arundathi Roy is crossing her limits. I wonder why she doesn’t write any articles about …

    1. Islamic Jihadis killing all Kafirs in Kashmir.
    2. Islamic Jihadis killing innocent Kafirs in Mumbai.
    3. Islamic Jihadis killing innocent kafirs in Pune.
    4. Islamic Jihadis killing innocent kafirs in Russia.

  • WellWisherOfIndia

    This comment is not from me. It is someone else using my ID.

  • WellWisherOfIndia

    The comment no. 26 does not belong to me. From now onwards, I won’t be using WellWisherOfIndia as my ID on this web page. I think this website should have the mechanism whereby the saboteurs won’t be able to use other people’s user names to sabotage a healthy discussion.

  • Vijai

    WWOI- Blogcritics does have a mechanism- hopefully an editor will weed these comments out.

    Rajesh,

    Thanks for your comments. Roy is a writer and noone can dispute the fact that she reaches out to a large group of devoted readers with her talent and her worldview. I think this is laudable and should be encouraged in a democracy, even if it treads on anyone’s toes.

    I also do not think that she has a narrow political agenda. I do however believe that she has made a risky tansition from being an idealist (which I think is good) to being an ideologue. Ideologies can fail and in the case of the Maoist ideology has inevitably failed wherever it has been implemented faithfully.

    Ideals however are time-tested. The Moaist ideal is in reality not Maoist at all. Ideals of justice, fairness, upliftment of the poor, seeking penal judgment for crimes- these are all virtues upheld both by faith(s) and the very Constitution of India that they seek to supplant.

    In reality I may even agree with Roy- but I do not yet know that because her polemical style is very provocative. Such lanugage of moral outrage may indeed come from a passion for justice but it only has the effect of polarizing the base and alienating the doubters. A balanced language and wise counsel will always win the day.

  • Vijai

    By the way I’m thankful for both WWOI (the real one) and Rajesh- they have given me some confidence that rational and civil discourse indeed exists in India. I’m otherwise appalled at the ad hominem attacks, careless comments about attacking other countries, politicians, et al that abound in this and other discussions.

  • ajay

    What about the police?
    Shouldn’t we ask this Q to the indian govt. rather than ms.roy?

    The indian govt is using the troops for unjust cause. Just like US is responsible for deaths of troops in Iraq where it is wasging a war on false grounds(Weapons of mass destruction please)

    Check this article, you can understand the police is also vexed with the govt for putting their lives on the line http://www.tehelka.com/story_main44.asp?filename=Ne170410coverstory.asp