I’m taking a mental exhaustion day off from my usual blog schedule, but wanted to repost a piece that smacked me in the face on yesterday’s morning commute. For anyone unfamiliar with the Indian leftist and prize-winning author, Arundhati Roy, you must read her New York Times Op-Ed piece that appeared yesterday, “Kashmir’s Fruits of Discord.” If you’re already a fan, then you will be reminded of why she makes chills go down your back.
I know what some of you are thinking: why read about some obscure place far away that seems to be in an interminable conflict that you long ago gave up on trying to comprehend.
If you want to have a piece of the puzzle about what Obama’s up to in India this week and understand some of what shapes our government’s policy in South Asia, read this. Suspend judgment for a moment, click on this link and allow yourself to absorb the impact of nationalism that our own government—as always—has a hand in stoking and promoting.
The Indian government is threatening to arrest and imprison Arundhati for the opinions she expresses here: Kashmir’s Fruits of Discord.
See details and/or buy her latest book, Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers.