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    B.R. Ambedkar

    "Democracy hasn’t eradicated caste. It has entrenched and modernised it. This is why it’s time to read Ambedkar." Arundhati Roy

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    Gabriella Coleman

    "If there could be a definitive writer on a movement like Anonymous, Coleman would be it." –Molly Crabapple, artist and author of the forthcoming Drawing Blood
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    Rohini Mohan

    "Rohini Mohan’s intimately rendered account of the brutal end-game and unfinished aftermath of Sri Lanka’s civil war is breathtakingly well-told." -Jon Lee Anderson, New Yorker
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    James Meek

    "Meek couldn’t produce a dull sentence however hard he tried." -John Gray, Guardian

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    Keller Easterling

    "Extrastatecraft establishes Keller Easterling’s growing reputation as the savviest student of postnational spatial and infrastructural forms." – Arjun Appadurai, author of The Future as Cultural Fact
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    Nadya Tolokonnikova

    “Probably no one would have noticed our protest if Putin himself hadn’t ­highlighted it to the whole world...” -Nadya Tolokonnikova, member of Pussy Riot. 




  • Arundhati Roy denounces India's shame on BBC Newsnight

    India's rapid economic growth since 1991 seems like one of contemporary capitalism's greatest success stories, equaled only by the meteoric rise of China. The world's largest democracy has produced people like Mukesh Ambani, India's richest man, who built for himself the world's most expensive dwelling. Situated in the heart of Mumbai, it's a twenty-seven stories and contains three helipads, nine lifts, ballrooms, gyms, and six floors of parking, as well as employing six hundred (!) servants. India seems like it's flourishing with this new wealth. Yet, speaking to Evan Davis on Newsnight, Arundhati Roy argues that this success is built upon the misery of India's "ghosts" - those pushed increasingly into poverty, debt and misery.  

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  • Arundhati Roy: feminism and foundations, burkas and Botox—An extract from Capitalism: A Ghost Story

    Why do most “official” feminists and women’s organizations in India keep a safe distance between themselves and organizations like say the ninety-thousand-member Krantikari Adivasi Mahila Sanghatan (Revolutionary Adivasi Women’s Association) that is fighting patriarchy in its own communities and displacement by mining corporations in the Dandakaranya forest? Why is it that the dispossession and eviction of millions of women from land that they owned and worked is not seen as a feminist problem?

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  • DIY Encryption Workshop

    On Friday, November 14 Verso Books and Triple Canopy co-hosted an Encryption Workshop for journalists covering technology and politics from publications all over New York City at the Verso loft. 

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  • “[P]oetic…thoroughly absorbing.” - The Seasons of Trouble reviewed in The Economist

    Rohini Mohan's The Seasons of Trouble is reviewed today in The Economist's literary and cultural blog Prospero. Mohan's piercing account of Sri Lanka's 25-year civil war is buoyed by the stories of three Tamils she spent five years talking with.

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