Sit­u­a­tion in In­dia worse than Bri­tish ruled: Roy

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

NEW DELHI—There has not been a day since 1947 that the In­dian army has not been de­ployed against its own peo­ple, said crit­i­cally ac­claimed writer and so­cial ac­tivist Arund­hati Roy at a re­cent event. Arund­hati Roy said that the sit­u­a­tion in In­dia to­day was worse than the time the coun­try was ruled by Bri­tish.

Roy was speak­ing at the re­lease of the Tamil trans­la­tion of her an­no­tated book on BR Ambed­kar’s es­say “An­ni­hi­la­tion of Caste.” She said that the In­dian army has been de­ployed in ar­eas of Na­ga­land, Mi­zo­ram, As­sam, Goa, Ju­na­gadh, Kash­mir and Ch­hat­tish­garh. “Who are these peo­ple that the In­dian army has been de­ployed against? It’s al­ways Chris­tians, Mus­lims, Sikhs, Dal­its.”

The Man Booker Prize Win­ner spoke at length about the pre­vail­ing so­cial in­jus­tice in In­dia and said that the In­dian army con­tin­ues to op­er­ate ‘like a col­o­nizer’

She went on to ex­press her con­cern re­gard­ing the lack of im­por­tance given to what she called ‘the most cruel so­cial hi­er­ar­chy’ world over and what could be done to bring the dis­crim­i­na­tion of caste as a topic of dis­cus­sion in the in­ter­na­tional arena. “It is ex­tremely im­por­tant to shame this sys­tem in­ter­na­tion­ally” said Roy.

She com­pared the Amer­i­can civil rights move­ment to the cur­rent con­di­tion in In­dia. She spoke about the out of pro­por­tion African Amer­i­can pris­on­ers in Amer­i­can pris­ons and said that the sit­u­a­tion in In­dia was quite sim­i­lar.—SABAH

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