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War Talk

Arundhati Roy

Pages: 154
ISBN: 0-89608-724-7
Format: paper
Release Date: 2003-01-01
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Description of War Talk.

Arundhati Roy, the internationally acclaimed author of The God of Small Things, addresses issues of democracy and dissent, racism and empire, and war and peace in this collection of new essays.

The eloquence, passion, and political insight of Roy's political essays have added legions of readers to those already familiar with her Booker Prize-winning novel. Invited to lecture as part of the prestigious Lannan Foundation series on the first anniversary of the unconscionable attacks of September 11, 2001, Roy challenged those who equate dissent with being "anti-American." Her previous essays on globalization and dissent have led many to see Roy as "India's most impassioned critic of globalization and American influence" (New York Times).

War Talk highlights the global rise of religious and racial violence. From the horrific pogroms against Muslims in Gujarat, India, to US demands for war on Iraq, Roy confronts the call to militarism. Desperately working against the backdrop of the nuclear recklessness between her homeland and Pakistan, she calls into question the equation of nation and ethnicity. And throughout her essays, Roy interrogates her own roles as "writer" and "activist."

"If [Roy] continues to upset the globalization applecart like a Tom Paine pamphleteer, she will either be greatly honored or thrown in jail," wrote Pawl Hawken in Wired Magazine. In fact she was jailed in March 2002, when India's Supreme Court found Roy in contempt of the court after months of attempting to silence her criticism of the government.

Finalist: Independent Book Publisher Awards, 2004 (Essay/Creative Non-Fiction)

Table of Contents

1 Ahimsa (Nonviolent Resistance)

First published in the Hindustan Times (India), June 12, 2002. This version is based on the version published in the Christian Science Monitor on July 5, 2002, as “Listen to the Nonviolent Poor: Allow for Peaceful Change, Before Violent Change Becomes Inevitable.”

2 War Talk: Summer games with nuclear bombs

First appeared in Frontline magazine (India), Volume 19, Issue 12, June 8–21, 2002.

3 Democracy: Who is she when she is at home? (Fascism's Firm Footprint in India)

First published in the May 6, 2002, issue of Outlook magazine (India). A shorter version of this essay appeared under the title “Fascism’s Firm Footprint in India” in The Nation magazine on September 30, 2002, and in Betsy Reed, ed., Nothing Sacred: Women Respond to Religious Fundamentalism and Terror (New York: Nation Books, 2002).

4 Come September

First presented as a lecture in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, September 18, 2002. Sponsored by the Lannan Foundation: www.lannan.org.

5 The Loneliness of Noam Chomsky

Written as an introduction for the n...

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