Suzanna Arundhati Roy is an Indian architect, author, screenwriter, and political activist known for her work on human rights and the environment. Her writing focuses on social justice, democracy, power, and capitalism. In 1997, she became the first Indian woman to win the Booker prize.
This series of essays examines the dark side of democracy in contemporary India. It looks closely at how religious majoritarianism, cultural nationalism, and neo-fascism simmer just under the surface of a country that projects itself as the world's largest democracy.
In this lecture she speaks about the practice of caste in India and how it received support from many of those who lead India’s struggle for Independence including Mahatma Gandhi. She argues that caste has been modernised and entrenched by democracy in India.
In these times when we have to race to keep abreast of the speed at which our freedoms are being snatched from us, and when few can afford the luxury of retreating from the streets for a while in order to return with an exquisite, fully formed political thesis replete with footnotes and references,...