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Few writers can take two seemingly different subjects like river dams and the war on terrorism and turn them into a coherent, informed, impassioned indictment of. This second nonfiction book from the author of the acclaimed novel The God of Small Things returns to the subject she first explored in Th. Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , Amitrajeet A. Batabyal and others published Arundhati Roy, Power Politics.

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Arundhati Roy, ‘Power Politics’

Roy explores the notion of the “expert” and how ridiculously susceptible we all are to those deemed such by the media or the government. At its best, it’s an exquisite bond between the artist and the medium. Arundhati Roy is a great writer and inspires me to get going on writing myself. Quick read if you have a little bit of time and gets you thinking, so it’s worth reading.

News in Brief 1. I say might because as Roy states, nobody really knows, as the supposedly exhaustive studies of dam building never bother to count the people who float away like some many twigs and leaves after vast areas are flooded. Arundhati is doing it. Mar 25, Malaika rated it liked it Recommends it for: While Arundhati Roy engages the Audience with her narrative, from a purely academic point of view, not very informative.

War and peace Global Justice. Please enable and refresh the page. In India, , rural people live in subsistence societies, their livelihood depending on direct access to natural resources. Bryson Limited preview – I will try to write a full review once I do my own research on the notes.


Roy is an outspoken critic of India’s nuclear weapons testing, controversial environmental issues and the US “war on terrorism”. View all 8 comments. In this slim yet meandering volume of three essays, Roy also criticizes an American energy company and the Indian government for allowing big business to make money privatizing electricity in a country where hundreds of millions lack any electricity. Jul 29, claire rated it it was amazing.

When popitics was disguised decadence? Addresses the globalization of the world economy and the privatization of India’s power supply by US based energy poolitics and the construction of monumental dams that will dislocate hundreds of thousands of people.

I do wish she’d include footnotes or some kind of notation for all the facts and quotes she uses; especially if she’s one of the only people reporting on this and she’s such a high-profile rec I always feel a little cowed when reading Arundhati Roy, because she knows and does so much and I know and do so little.

Power Politics, her book of essays deals with topics ranging from to mega-hydroelectric projects in India providing a voice to something we all feel at one time or the other; that something is not right amidst all these economic success stories. Also, I refuse to believe that misgyny was a western important to India. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

The three pieces seem thrown together haphazardly, with no editorial explanation of how they originated all are available on the Web or in what context. Rumpelstiltskin, she says, has sweet-talked India into importing products it could manufacture itself, taking on debt for poolitics private arudnhati such as the Maheshwar Dam, and absorbing tremendous human costs — not least the 56 million people expected to be politicd by the Narmada dams.

Dreaming of a different tomorrow Feature. More By and About This Author. I’ll line up at Barnes ‘n Noble at midnight for that shizzle. Might read it again. Imprisoned refuser pays tribute News.

She’s aganist globization which is fine, but than suggests that the UN Commission Dams should have a say – isn’t that globization too? Arundhati Roy is an Indian writer who is also an activist who focuses on issues related to social justice and polirics inequality.


I am definitely late to the debate about most of the stuff Roy is talking about in this book years late, basically. Judicial process and institution cannot be permitted to be scandalised or subjected to contumacious violation in such blatant manner in which it has been done by her [Arundhati Roy] Stop the violence of Coca-Cola in Colombia and in the world!

Power Politics by Arundhati Roy

Nov 26, Lisa Findley rated it really liked it. I enjoy her writing style, which is no less forceful for being so accessible. Roy says that to snatch and sell them as stock to private companies is arundhagi process of barbaric dispossession on a scale that has no parallel in history. Jun 21, Miranda rated it really liked it.

Over the years, since the aurndhati success of her “God of Small Things”, the booker prize winner has steadily become more and more involved in Narmada Oplitics Andolan NBAusing her clout and credibility to drum up support for the tribals whose lives are being submerged in the rising waters of Narmada.

PaperbackSecond Editionpages. Gave me new insight on things I had never considered. South End Press- History – pages. IF you ever wondered how bad dams are for India and how fucked up their politics are, here is a great introduction.

I take issue with Roy’s irregular capitalization and some of the more outlandish comparisons that are not necessarily appropriate and lean towards fallacies. Jumps from how the poor in India are made even more destitute by the construction of dams that is forced by the India government and U.