What We’re Reading: Interview with Arundhati Roy

An interview with the author and public intellectual Arundhati Roy from the British Guardian on the occasion of the publication of her book “Broken Republic,” a collection of three essays that document and explore the Maoist-led insurrection happening right now in India. Roy’s work has brought to greater international attention that struggle, including with the highly noted essay “Walking with the Comrades,” which we published here at the time of its release.

Roy’s words presented herein are worthwhile consideration for revolutionaries and internationalists everywhere, and especially here in the United States, as our bourgeoisie allies with the Indian state and its military in the ongoing neoliberal positioning that has characterized the last decade. We are reminded that the Indian “miracle,” like all of capitalism’s miracles, leaves in its wake victims and survivors–and from those, people who are also resisters and revolutionaries.

She critically poses the situation as this: “If you’re an adivasi[tribal Indian] living in a forest village and 800 CRP [Central Reserve Police] come and surround your village and start burning it, what are you supposed to do? Are you supposed to go on hunger strike? Can the hungry go on a hunger strike? Non-violence is a piece of theatre. You need an audience. What can you do when you have no audience? People have the right to resist annihilation.”

Check it out here.

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