Algebra of Infinite Justice [Arundhati Roy] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. First published in , this book brings together all of. The Algebra of Infinite Justice has ratings and 98 reviews. Manu said: For a few years now, I have heard everyone – from sections of media to peopl. A Few Weeks After India Detonated A Thermonuclear Device In , Arundhati Roy Wrote The End Of Imagination. The Essay Attracted Worldwide Attention.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A few weeks after India detonated a thermonuclear device inArundhati Roy wrote the essay “The End of Imagination,” in which she said: And I write to mourn its passing. In the years since, the essays she has published in magazines and newspapers worldwide ha A few weeks after India detonated a thermonuclear device inArundhati Roy wrote the essay “The End of Imagination,” in which she said: In the years since, the essays she has published in magazines and newspapers worldwide have reinforced an impression of a writer in the modern world prepared to use her fame and gifts in the cause of the voiceless and the overlooked.
Those essays are gathered together here. Carefully revealed and closely argued, they demand to be read and discussed; they dispute, they challenge, they provoke and they uplift. Hardcoverpages. Published January 1st by Flamingo first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Be the first to ask a question about The Algebra of Infinite Justice. Lists with This Book. Jul 25, Manu rated it really liked it Shelves: For a few years now, I have heard everyone – from sections of media to people in my social stream call Arundhati Roy everything from a Naxalite lover to a development hater to a deranged person, the last instance during the happenings in Kashmir. And though I have never really been a fan of her award winning work of For a few years now, I have heard everyone – from sections of media to people in my social stream call Arundhati Roy everything from a Naxalite lover to a development hater to a deranged person, the last instance during the happenings in Kashmir.
And though I have never really been a fan of her award winning work of fiction, I have admitted to myself, and to a few of my friends, that I have found it difficult to objectively fault her arguments. After reading this book, I have realised why it is easy to hate her — she holds up a mirror in front of us, the kind of mirror that tells us how our apathy and desire to follow the path of least resistance is responsible for the larger problems we see around us.
And she does with not just in some moral high ground, philosophising sort of way. She does so with historical perspectives and economical contexts and most importantly, hard data.
The writer in her is in full flow, using sarcasm and wit to telling effect, to ironically show the seriousness of the issue.
They may not agree with her, but at least this will give them perspective and basis their interest, they can look for counter arguments. Sep 17, Praj rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dec 20, S. Ach rated it really liked it Shelves: I am not a left-winger. I have chopped off my right wing as well few years back.
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Standing at the center and tilting either way as the situation demands is hypocrisy, in my opinion. So I just stand away from the line and observe. Algbra short, I don’t have a stand. And that gives me an opportunity to view all in sort of an unbiased way. But, Arundhati Roy has a ory. And she throws brickbats at anyone who stands right of her.
I needed to understand why she is hurling these bludgeons. So I I am not a left-winger. So I picked up one of her collection of essays.
Though dated almost a decade oldit introduces a good amount of her thoughts. I don’t agree with some of her opinions, and need to verify some of the mindboggling data she provides, but I must admit that I admire her skill and power of penning those uncomfortable questions in poetic manner that have the potential to infinitte the firm. I loved the way she writes. The biggest complaint I have with all these essays are that though she questions the intent and rationale of the acts of the authority and elaborates on the misgivings and catastrophic aftermaths, she never provides a solution.
That in my opinion, makes the essays just an uncomfortable confrontation, but never a intellectual exposition. In “The end of Imagination” Mrs. Roy expounds the evils of even holding a nuclear bomb even if there is no sight of a war. Deterrence Theory is just a nonsensical excuse. In “Power Politics” she is against the algbera of the basic necessities like water and electricity and attacks vehemently the politics around it.
In “Democracy” Roy rips apart the farcical democratic governance system by citing the state run pogrom during the post Godhra incident. Finally, in “War Talk” she summarizes arudnhati haphazard arundhait outbursts against all the things that is going wrong in the present world – war, state-run-terrorism, corruption, dams, etc etc. As I stated earlier, some of her points are slgebra cries of agony that can create a stir in mind, but shouldn’t be taken on face value how can one be judgemental by listening just one side of the storybut I want to reiterate that I started respecting her as a writer.
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Apr 25, Eduardo Moraes rated it it was amazing. From “War Is Peace”: The bombing of Afghanistan is not revenge for New York and Washington. It is yet another act of terror against the people of the world.
Each innocent person that is killed must be added to, not set off against, the grisly toll of civilians who died From “War Is Peace”: Each innocent person that is killed must be added to, not set off against, the grisly toll of civilians who died in New York and Washington. This is the calling of the United States of America. The most free nation in the world.
A nation built on fundamental values that reject hate, reject violence, rejects murderers and rejects evil. We will not tire. What freedoms does it uphold? Within its borders, the freedoms of speech, religion, thought; of artistic expression, food habits, sexual preferences well, to some extent and many other exemplary, wonderful things. Outside its borders, the freedom to dominate, humiliate and subjugate—usually in the service of America’s real religion, the ‘free market’.
Because we know that Infinite Justice for some means Infinite Injustice for others. And Enduring Freedom for some means Enduring Subjugation for others.
The International Coalition Against Terror is largely a cabal of the richest countries in the world. Between them, they manufacture and sell almost all of the world’s weapons, they possess the largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction—chemical, biological and nuclear. They have fought the most wars, account for most of the genocide, subjection, ethnic cleansing and human rights violations in modern history, and have sponsored, armed and financed untold numbers of dictators and despots.
Between them, they have worshipped, almost deified, the cult of violence and war. For all its appalling sins, the Taliban just isn’t in the same league.
All the beauty of human civilisation—our art, our music, our literature—lies beyond these two fundamentalist, ideological poles.
There is as little chance that the people of the world can all become middle-class consumers as there is that they’ll all embrace any one particular religion. The issue is not about Good vs Evil or Islam vs Christianity as much as it is about space.
About how to accommodate diversity, how to contain the impulse towards hegemony—every kind of hegemony, economic, military, linguistic, religious and cultural. Any ecologist will tell you how dangerous and fragile a monoculture is.
A hegemonic world is like having a government without a healthy opposition. It becomes a kind of dictatorship. It’s like putting a plastic bag over the world, and preventing it from breathing. Eventually, it will be torn open. One country’s terrorist is too often another’s freedom fighter. At the heart of the matter lies the world’s deep-seated ambivalence adundhati violence.
Once violence is accepted as a legitimate political instrument, then the morality and political acceptability of terrorists insurgents or freedom fighters becomes contentious, bumpy terrain. The US government itself has funded, armed and sheltered plenty of rebels and insurgents around the alvebra.
This is not to suggest that the terrorists who perpetrated the outrage on September 11 should not be justuce down and brought to book. But is war the best way to track them down?
Will burning the haystack find you the needle? Or will it escalate the anger and make the world a living hell for all of us?
Turkmenistan, which borders the northwest of Afghanistan, holds the world’s third largest gas reserves and an estimated six billion barrels of oil reserves. Enough, experts say, to meet American energy needs for the next 30 years or a developing country’s energy requirements for a couple yhe centuries. America has always viewed oil as a security consideration, and protected it by any means it deems necessary.
Few of us doubt that its military presence in the Gulf has little to do with its concern for human rights and almost entirely to do with its strategic interest in oil In America, the arms industry, the oil industry, the major media networks, and, indeed, US foreign policy, are all controlled by the same business combines. Therefore, it would be foolish to expect this talk of guns and oil and defence deals to get any real play in the media And what of the rest of us, the numb recipients of this onslaught of what we know to be preposterous propaganda?
The daily consumers of the lies and brutality smeared in peanut butter and strawberry jam being air-dropped into our minds just like those yellow food packets.