Ferocious and clear-sighted, this is a searing portrait of a nation haunted by ghosts: the hundreds of thousands of farmers who have committed suicide to escape punishing debt; the hundreds of millions who live on less than two dollars a day.
It is the story of how the largest democracy in the world, with over 800 million voting in the last election, answers to the demands of globalized capitalism, subjecting millions of people to inequality and exploitation. Roy shows how the mega-corporations, modern robber barons plundering India’s natural resources, use brute force, as well as a wide range of NGOs and foundations, to sway government and policy making in India.
“The fierceness with which Arundhati Roy loves humanity moves my heart.”
“In her searing account, Roy asks whether our shriveled forms of democracy will be ‘the endgame of the human race’—and shows vividly why this is a prospect not to be lightly dismissed.”
“The scale of what Roy surveys is staggering. Her pointed indictment is devastating.”
“An unflinching emotional as well as political intelligence. Her lucid and probing essays offer sharp insights on a range of matters, from crony capitalism and environmental depredation to the perils of nationalism.”
“Powerful, passionate and often personal (she records her own hounding by “the mob” over her comments about Kashmir), this work is timely and hugely important in its targets: it’s hard to think of bigger dangers, or more harmful effects, than from faceless, unaccountable conglomerates.”
“No one escapes the fury of Arundhati Roy’s polemic against corporate capitalism in India - not even herself.”
“Resists and denounces all tyrannies, pleads for their victims, and unflinchingly questions the tragedy.”