Arundhati Roy Said India Of Today Was Headed For A Crash
Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy said “India of Today” was an airplane moving in a reverse direction and “headed for a crash”. She was speaking at a book launch event at Jawahar Bhavan.
What Did Arundhati Roy Say About “India of Today”?
The author compared today’s India to that of the 1960s when leaders were spearheading truly revolutionary movements for redistribution of wealth and land. But today, she said, leaders were distributing “5 kg rice and 1 kg salt” to seek votes to win elections.
Ms. Roy said that she asked a pilot friend whether he could fly an airplane in the reverse direction. Her friend laughed out loud. She said that was what was happening in India. She further said that India was a land of sophisticated jurisprudence where laws were applied according to caste, class, gender, and ethnicity.
Which Book Was Launched?
The book was a selection of poems and letters by jailed human rights activist GN Saibaba. Published by Speaking Tiger, the book, Why do you fear my way so much? is available for sale in online and retail stores.
What Did Arundhati Roy Say About The Event?
First, she asked what the community was doing there on that day. And then she answered by saying that they were meeting to talk about a professor who was 90% paralyzed and had been jailed for seven years. That was enough to tell what kind of country the people were living in, maintained the bestselling author. What shame was that, concluded Arundhati Roy.
Who Is GN Saibaba?
GN Saibaba was an assistant professor at Ram Lal Anand College of Delhi University. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2017 by a sessions court in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district for having Maoist links. He was charged under the stringent anti-terror Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
GN Saibaba’s wife Vasantha was also present at the book launch. She said that GN Saibaba was born with disabilities in a poor family but he excelled due to hard work. She narrated the ordeal GN Saibaba was going through in the solitary confinement of Nagpur Central Jail.