Situation in India worse than British ruled: Roy
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