Arundhati Roy's selective amnesia on Kashmir issue

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Ensconced 'trendy liberal' lefitists and political activists like Arundhati Roy suffer from cognitive dissonance, prejudice and selective amnesia when they support the Pro Pakistan jihadi and Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Gilani.


I admire Arundhati Roy for her articulate scholarship and meticulous research exposing the ills of unfettered corporate greed, crony capitalism, US hegemony and millitary - Industrial complex. I wholeheartedly applaud her for her unwavering activism for the cause of peoples democracy and for unflinchingly voicing the injustices meted against the downtrodden and marginalised tribals who are persecuted by feudalism and venal state machinery which is in cahoots with corporate syndicates.

I am on the same page with her when she writes a scathing critique of the Indian state on the issue of Naxalism but I am staunchly against her stance on the historical Kashmir debacle and extending support to islamic nationalists.

She brands India as an aggressor and occupier in Kashmir, compares the alleged Indian occupation of Kashmir to Nazism but condones Pakistani sponsored terrorism, brutal massacres perpetrated by islamic extremists in the valley, the exodus of kashmiri Hindus in 1990 and never mentions anything about the nefarious manoeuvres of ISI.

This pandering to the cause of islamic nationalism and secessionism in the name of human rights and self determination is so unbecoming of someone of the stature of Arundhati Roy and it reeks of panglossian idealism, utter naivete of geo politics or hypocritical self aggrandizement.

Written by Aditya Chaturvedi


History buff, avid reader, iconoclast and just another mortal in this absurd world who believes that reality is not something which is to be accepted as it is, it is to be confronted.

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