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Arundhati Roy: “The people are under siege”

Posted by hetty7 on November 16, 2011

This profile of Arundhati Roy originally appeared at The Independent UK.”

The country that I live in is becoming more and more repressive, more and more of a police state…. India is hardening as a state. It has to continue to give the impression of being a messy, cuddly democracy but actually what’s going on outside the arc lights is really desperate.

Arundhati Roy: ‘The next novel will just have to wait…’

by Peter Popham

October 17, 2011

Arundhati Roy, winner of the Booker Prize in 1997 for The God of Small Things, is not in the frame this year. Again. In fact, she has yet to follow up on that first book, what John Updike described as her “Tiger Woodsian debut.”

It’s not for want of trying: it is no secret that she has a second one on the stocks. “Everybody has known that for many years!” she laughs. Few people have had a glimpse of it, however, one exception being her friend John Berger, the octogenarian novelist and art critic. He was so impressed that he urged her to drop everything and finish it. “About a year and a half ago I was with John at his home,” she recalls “and he said, ‘You open your computer now and you read to me whatever fiction you are writing.’ He is perhaps the only person in the world that could have the guts to say that to me. And I read a bit to him and he said, ‘You just go back to Delhi and you finish that book.’ So I said ‘okay…’” Read the rest of this entry »

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Indian communist solidarity with OWS: Bury the 1% With the 99%

Posted by hetty7 on November 16, 2011

This important statement of solidarity appeared at Democracy and Class Struggle.

A Call from the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) NAXALBARI:

Bury the 1 Per Cent with the 99 Per Cent!

Nov. 2nd 2011 — A wave of rage and unrest is seen worldwide. The youth are out in the streets – protesting, resisting, hitting back. They are supported and joined by people from a wide spectrum. Dictators, who squeeze out the life breath of freedom; rulers, who load all the hardship of the crisis on the people’s backs; billionaire sharks, who speculate and profit on hunger and homelessness; politicians, who plunder public funds – the whole lot is targeted,

This is wonderful!

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