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Nehru on Kashmir

New Delhi, India, Nov. 27 — My reaction to today’s court order directing the Delhi Police to file an FIR against me for waging war against the state: Perhaps they should posthumously file a charge against Jawaharlal Nehru too.  Here’s what he said about Kashmir: Indian Pledges 1. In his telegram to the Prime Minister […]

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Pity the Nation

Kashmir, Oct. 26 — I write this from Srinagar, Kashmir.  This morning’s papers say that I may be arrested on charges of sedition for what I have said at recent public meetings on Kashmir.  I said what millions of people here say every day.  I said what I, as well as other commentators, have written […]

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India’s War on People at Home

Gautam Navlakha: How many of us have dared raise fundamental issues about what the state has been doing since 1947, since the transfer of power?  There’s not a single year in the last 63 that we have had since the transfer of power when the state has not been engaged in a war in one […]

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Walking with the Comrades

The terse, typewritten note slipped under my door in a sealed envelope confirmed my appointment with India’s Gravest Internal Security Threat.  I’d been waiting for months to hear from them.  I had to be at the Ma Danteshwari mandir in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh, at any of four given times on two given days.  That was to […]

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Interview with Arundhati Roy

  “It’s beginning to increasingly look as if this urge to the 10% growth rate and democracy are mutually incompatible . . . because this growth has been based on . . . the displacement of millions of people off their land.  It’s based on extracting minerals and harnessing rivers in a way that is […]

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A Letter to The Economist

25 August 2009 To the Editor The Economist Dear Sir, This is with regard to the review of my book Listening to Grasshoppers that appeared in The Economist. If this letter is long, ironically it is because the factual errors in the review are so many. In an attempt to highlight my “flawed reporting and […]

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