Review by Theresa Wolfwood South End Press, 2nd edition , ISBN 0 2 Few writers can take two seemingly different subjects like river dams and the war on terrorism and turn them into a coherent, informed, impassioned indictment of the nation state, elitist greed and militarised globalisation. Arundhati Roy can, and does. I say might because as Roy states, nobody really knows, as the supposedly exhaustive studies of dam building never bother to count the people who float away like some many twigs and leaves after vast areas are flooded. So power equipment corporations, mainly from USA, roam the valleys of majority world countries, seeking new sites, as they schmooze their way through financial board-rooms and political back rooms. Witness new projects in Turkey, Uganda, and Belize - to name a few.
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Nehru the biggest anti-national became the first PM. Here is what he said about Kashmir: 1. Our view which we have repeatedly made public is that the question of accession in any disputed territory or state must be decided in accordance with wishes of people and we adhere to this view.
Even then it was accepted on condition that as soon as law and order had been restored, the people of Kashmir would decide the question of accession. It is open to them to accede to either Dominion then. It is for them ultimately to decide And let me make it clear that it has been our policy that where there is a dispute about the accession of a state to either Dominion, the accession must be made by the people of that state.
It is in accordance with this policy that we have added a proviso to the Instrument of Accession of Kashmir. That pledge we have given not only to the people of Kashmir and to the world.
We will not and cannot back out of it. In his letter No. The issue in Kashmir is whether violence and naked force should decide the future or the will of the people. We insisted further that the Government of Kashmir must immediately become a popular government. We have adhered to that position throughout and we are prepared to have a Plebiscite with every protection of fair voting and to abide by the decision of the people of Kashmir.
We have always right from the beginning accepted the idea of the Kashmir people deciding their fate by referendum or plebiscite. In fact, this was our proposal long before the United Nations came into the picture.
Ultimately the final decision of the settlement, which must come, has first of all to be made basically by the people of Kashmir and secondly, as between Pakistan and India directly. Of course it must be remembered that we India and Pakistan have reached a great deal of agreement already. What I mean is that many basic features have been thrashed out. We all agreed that it is the people of Kashmir who must decide for themselves about their future externally or internally.
It is an obvious fact that even without our agreement no country is going to hold on to Kashmir against the will of the Kashmiris. People seem to forget that Kashmir is not a commodity for sale or to be bartered.
It has an individual existence and its people must be the final arbiters of their future. It is here today that a struggle is bearing fruit, not in the battlefield but in the minds of men. In a letter dated 11th September, , to the U. It belongs to the Kashmiri people. When Kashmir acceded to India, we made it clear to the leaders of the Kashmiri people that we would ultimately abide by the verdict of their Plebiscite. If they tell us to walk out, I would have no hesitation in quitting.
We have taken the issue to United Nations and given our word of honour for a peaceful solution. As a great nation we cannot go back on it. We have left the question for final solution to the people of Kashmir and we are determined to abide by their decision.
The goodwill and pleasure of this Parliament is of no importance in this matter, not because this Parliament does not have the strength to decide the question of Kashmir but because any kind of imposition would be against the principles that this Parliament holds.
Kashmir is very close to our minds and hearts and if by some decree or adverse fortune, ceases to be a part of India, it will be a wrench and a pain and torment for us. If, however, the people of Kashmir do not wish to remain with us, let them go by all means. We will not keep them against their will, however painful it may be to us. I want to stress that it is only the people of Kashmir who can decide the future of Kashmir.
It is not that we have merely said that to the United Nations and to the people of Kashmir, it is our conviction and one that is borne out by the policy that we have pursued, not only in Kashmir but everywhere. Though these five years have meant a lot of trouble and expense and in spite of all we have done, we would willingly leave if it was made clear to us that the people of Kashmir wanted us to go. However sad we may feel about leaving we are not going to stay against the wishes of the people.
We are not going to impose ourselves on them on the point of the bayonet. We should also remember that Kashmir is not a thing to be bandied between India and Pakistan but it has a soul of its own and an individuality of its own. Nothing can be done without the goodwill and consent of the people of Kashmir. In his statement in the Security Council while taking part in debate on Kashmir in the th meeting of the Security Council on 24th January, , the Indian representative Mr. I want to say for the purpose of the record that there is nothing that has been said on behalf of the Government of India which in the slightest degree indicates that the Government of India or the Union of India will dishonour any international obligations it has undertaken.
Arundhati Roy: Power Politics
Shelves: 4-star , reviewed , non-fiction , reason-for-history-class , think-think-think , reality-check , 1-read-on-hand , person-of-everything , shorty-short , person-of-reality A good or great writer may refuse to accept any responsibility or morality that society wishes to impose on her. Yet the best and greatest of them know that if they abuse this hard-won freedom, it can only lead to bad art. Couple that with commentary that cuts through some of the foggiest shores of propaganda that I swallowed whole in the tender years of A good or great writer may refuse to accept any responsibility or morality that society wishes to impose on her. Couple that with commentary that cuts through some of the foggiest shores of propaganda that I swallowed whole in the tender years of elementary school and you get a read that will always be vital. I have to tell students so filled with hatred for their origins that they want to change their name how much a part their beloved US plays in the loathsome quantities of their inherited India. You know something is obscenely wrong when a white person like me is called upon to do such work. Is globalization about "eradication of world poverty," or is it a mutant variety of colonialism, remote controlled and digitally operated?
Arundhati Roy, 'Power Politics'
South End Press, p Not the politics of governance, but the politics of resistance. The politics of opposition. The politics of forcing accountability. The politics of slowing things down. The politics of joining hands across the world and preventing certain destruction. There was pious talk of having access to drinking water declared a Basic Human Right.
Nehru the biggest anti-national became the first PM. Here is what he said about Kashmir: 1. Our view which we have repeatedly made public is that the question of accession in any disputed territory or state must be decided in accordance with wishes of people and we adhere to this view. Even then it was accepted on condition that as soon as law and order had been restored, the people of Kashmir would decide the question of accession. It is open to them to accede to either Dominion then. It is for them ultimately to decide And let me make it clear that it has been our policy that where there is a dispute about the accession of a state to either Dominion, the accession must be made by the people of that state. It is in accordance with this policy that we have added a proviso to the Instrument of Accession of Kashmir.