Walking With The Comrades

Walking With The Comrades About the Book The terse typewritten note slipped under my door in a sealed envelope confirmed my appointment with India s single biggest internal security challenge I d been waiting for months to he

  • Title: Walking With The Comrades
  • Author: Arundhati Roy
  • ISBN: 9780670085538
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Hardcover
  • About the Book The terse, typewritten note slipped under my door in a sealed envelope confirmed my appointment with India s single biggest internal security challenge I d been waiting for months to hear from them In early 2010, Arundhati Roy travelled into the forests of Central India, homeland to millions of indigenous people, dreamland to some of the world s biAbout the Book The terse, typewritten note slipped under my door in a sealed envelope confirmed my appointment with India s single biggest internal security challenge I d been waiting for months to hear from them In early 2010, Arundhati Roy travelled into the forests of Central India, homeland to millions of indigenous people, dreamland to some of the world s biggest mining corporations The result is this powerful and unprecedented report from the heart of an unfolding revolution About the Author Arundhati Roy is the author of The God of Small Things, which won the Booker Prize in 1997 Three volumes of her non fiction writing, The Algebra of Infinite Justice, An Ordinary Person s Guide to Empire and Listening to Grasshoppers, were published in 2001, 2005 and 2009 respectively The Shape of the Beast, a collection of her interviews, was published in 2008 Arundhati Roy lives in New Delhi.

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    1. Arundhati Roy

      Arundhati Roy is an Indian writer who is also an activist who focuses on issues related to social justice and economic inequality She won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her novel, The God of Small Things, and has also written two screenplays and several collections of essays.For her work as an activist she received the Cultural Freedom Prize awarded by the Lannan Foundation in 2002.


    1. 'we’re talking about daylight robbery to the tune of billions of rupees. enough to buy elections, governments, judges, newspapers, tv channels, ngos and aid agencies. what’s the occasional cancer hospital here or there?'

    2. It is five stars even before I have touched it. I hold the small book like a sacred text. There is an element of fear - what if the writing is not as soul stirring as 'The God Of Small Things'? I worship Arundhati Roy's writing, her madness. But this is non-fiction I remind myself. So Comrade Rahel and Comrade Estha will not drench me in their torrential emotions, the extremely irritable and idiosyncratic Chacko will be missing, Sophie Mol will still be sleeping peacefully and wild Ammu and her [...]

    3. There's something stirring in India. A specter, if you will, of a dark time arisen and a dark time to come. Whether we call it capitalism, corporatism, or new (neo) Imperialism, the fact remains that those most affected by the shifting dynamics of contemporary industrialization will be the disenfranchised and the disinherited.Arundhati Roy's (The God of Small Things, etc.) Walking with the Comrades waltzes straight into this new Indian world with passion and focus, chronicling her journey into t [...]

    4. By Arundhati Roy. Grade: A+I have heard a lot of things about Arundhati Roy. Surprisingly, all of them very good. However, the only piece I’d read up till this novel was years ago, when I was too young to fully understand – and appreciate the language of the novel. Walking With The Comrades was a pleasant surprise.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 he [...]

    5. I have told myself many times I shouldn't be shocked by what people do, by what we do to each other, but I always am. Perhaps it's better not to adjust? To retain that vulnerability? Every time I call my mom she asks me if I've heard about this or that local atrocity--the murder, the rape, even the car accident. Everybody I know (myself included) is hardened to these things. It's too bad but how could anybody stand it otherwise? Not my mother. She's never developed that hardness to the world, an [...]

    6. One can never stop gushing about the wonderful Arundhati Roy. Thorn in the side of the Indian government-corporate nexus, a humane voice amidst the apathetic media and so called 'intellectuals' , she write firmly from the side of the powerless.This piece of writing is an example of journalism that has not sold it's soul to the devil. A clear and extremely informative account of the lives of a group of Maoists of Central India, people regarded as infestations by the State and surely by majority o [...]

    7. story about the comrades and their routine live in the jungle evovlved with fear, hunger and grieve. Amazingly reported by arundhati.R

    8. In the tradition of witness journalism, Roy draws on a moral humanist framework that is as much about the reader she imagines as the fellow-travelers she accompanied through the jungle. This leads to cutting insights. How can the state possibly distinguish between a Maoist insurgent and a non-Maoist when tribal resistance is seen as a threat to the national project under global capital? Roay keenly traces the region's long history of anti-colonial struggle pre-dating Mao but also drawing on Maoi [...]

    9. A well researched book. When I picked it up, I wasn't aware about the uprising in Central India. The book has definitely piqued my interest in reading more about it.

    10. A powerful and damning indictment of Indian democracy. I returned from a month-long trip to India in mid-January, and during that trip I started reading Roy's powerful novel, her first attempt at writing fiction, "The God of Small Things." I had attempted to read the book twice before and never got past the first chapter, but something clicked this time. You can read my GR review if you like:/owned_books.On the trip we met family in Amritsar, after my wife and I traveled alone for a week. As we [...]

    11. ------------- "There’s nothing small about what’s going on. We are watching a democracy turning on itself, trying to eat its own limbs. We’re watching incredulously as those limbs refuse to be eaten."------------- "If there is any hope for the world at all, it does not live in climate change conference rooms or in cities with tall buildings. It lives low down on the ground, with its arms around the people who go to battle every day to protect their forests, their mountains and their rivers [...]

    12. "There is nothing small about what's going on. We are watching a democracy turning on itself, trying to eat its own limbs. We're watching incredulously as those limbs refuse to be eaten."Gone is the poetry of her fiction--replaced with clear, dispassionate prose. She is angry, she is horrified, and she is determined to give a voice to the people who are being silenced. Despite her calm, her anger is clear, and her voice is powerful, as is her message."The day capitalism is forced to tolerate non [...]

    13. There's a lot going on in this little book, and some of it I'm not informed enough about Indian politics to understand, but the concluding section illustrates the significance of the movement(s) Roy explores with such articulate power that could reach any audience concerned with justice. From the final pages: "Can we expect that an alternative to what looks like certain death for the planet will come from the imagination that has brought about the crisis in the first place? It seems unlikely. th [...]

    14. Arundhati Roy in my view is arguably one of the most important writers today. In Walking With The Comrades she enters into the lives and emotions of perhaps the biggest guerrilla army in the world today. Roy reveals her journey with the maoist guerilla's in the forest an army composed of the marginalized, excluded and poor of India and their struggle for dignity and their land. While exposing the desires and hopes of this group she also challenges society not to be too quick to judge the way in [...]

    15. It's an excellent read for knowing the perspective from the other side of cross-line. Having lived (& born as well) in the same Indian State of Chattisgarh & slightly inclined towards the Left wing in my premitive study years, I always wondered about their ideologies & tactics for survival, apart from their real reason for this bloodshed. Well, being in the most interior/remotest & inaccessible areas without any provision of infrastructure must've made the lives of native adivasi [...]

    16. In India, the word “Maoist” is thrown around like “terrorist” in America. Anyone who fits the profile–physical, geographic, socioeconomic–falls into the Maoist bucket, just another drop in the undercurrent of revolution flowing through the subcontinent. While some Americans peg people as terrorists for their looks and supposed faith, many Indians imagine that anyone who fights the system, for better pay or food or civil liberties, is a Maoist, no matter their actual political affilia [...]

    17. At the crux of this short powerful book is the question of whether there is room within the contemporary version of the Indian state for all of its communities, including those that are rural, non-industrial, and not hindi. Will the political and business class succeed in extinguishing those communities that continue to insist on the integrity of their land and lifeways, and who challenge the dominant agenda of development economics? Will the character of Indian democracy and the protections aff [...]

    18. Love Arudhati Roy. I saw this book at my local library on the new non-fiction shelves and had to check it out. I like how the book is divided in to three (3) parts, background history of the Indian region she is writing about; walking with the comrades where she is reporting from the forest and the peoples fight to save their forest & mountains from the mining corporations that want to mine bauxite; and the follow up about dam projects in India and how they will displace people and their lan [...]

    19. As an Indian it is very difficult for me to identify the truthfulness of the claims Arundhati Roy makes but she surely raises enough doubts on the whole premise. The fundamental question is "State vs. Individual" - the question of tribal population being pushed to the edge so that the companies can exploit the mineral wealth.A must read for every Indian. For every one else she is doing what Noam Chomsky was doing in US. If you have heard about Vietnam War and never heard about the Indonesia's wa [...]

    20. Arundhati Roy's works have the full potential to take you by awe if you are a dedicated reader but this one. I cried along! I gave up food for a week and the kind of grotesque facts that have been described just can't let you breathe easily. It is this heaviness that you start carrying along you everytime you are reminded of those lines. Although only one side of the coin has been described but I'll still give this book 5 out of 5 for the simple reason that Roy's mixture of complications and sim [...]

    21. This is a very informative book dealing with on-the-ground issues in India, most specifically related to abuse of adivasi & Dalit peoples' land, resources, and autonomy. Though it would probably be termed a sympathetic portrayal of Maoist revolutionary efforts, Roy does also raise questions about some Maoist practices & if they offer sufficient change from what is currently an exploitative & corrupt government, or if they would perhaps fall to the same habits due to lack of better mo [...]

    22. A wonderful read. A paragon of courageous journalism written in Ms. Roy's trademark style. The language is almost lyrical. In the beginning of the book, she admits that it's a partisan telling of the naxal saga. But it's a version that's never been told before in mainstream writing/ electronic media - press or otherwise. It's a version that everyone should hear before making their minds up on left wing extremism in India

    23. if i were braver, more principaled, and a better writer, i would write like arundhati roy. a great eyewitness account of a guerilla army, and a country overrun by capitalism - democracy made rotten by the marriage of money, industry, military (including police), and media along with politics. roy eloquently discusses the details of the many abuses of power of the rich over the poor, and does a good job of framing "progress" as a war against the poor. options for resistance included.

    24. "For sure, it's a partisan's version. But then, what history isn't? In any case, the secret history must be made public if it is to be contested, argued with, instead of merely being lied about, which is what is happening now." A really important read, accessible even for those not well-versed in the issues of India's development.

    25. There were a couple of great magazine articles in this book. It wasn't a great book, unfortunately. I did appreciate the way the book peeled away the layers of life in India for people who aren't in the elite. Like every true story about India it is hard to figure out who the villains are.

    26. In the north of India there is a war going on. A war that not many people outside India know about. A war that puts in antagonism the survival of many different tribes and the interest for exploitation of natural resources of a handful of powerful companies backed by the Indian state. A war that has been going on for decades and has caused thousands of deaths, displacement of entire populations, severe poverty and hunger, and the militarization of a considerable part of the Indian territory.As p [...]

    27. I followed up Rahul Pandita's Hello, Bastar with this book. Both of these books are about Maoist movement, but they compliment each other without any overlap. If you liked Hello, Bastar then read this book. Hello, Bastar was mostly about the history of Maoist movement whereas Walking with the Comrades is about life in the region controlled by the Maoist. It's a story of a little country inside the heartland of India.Masses have a polarizing opinion about Arundhati Roy, and this books will polari [...]

    28. অরুন্ধতী রায়ের এই চমৎকার বইটি ইন্ডিয়ার মাওবাদীদের সম্পর্কে স্পষ্ট ধারণা দিবে। ইন্ডিয়ার মাওবাদীরা পুঁজিবাদী এবং ছদ্ম-গণতান্ত্রিক সরকারের বিরুদ্ধে অরণ্যে অবস্থিত আদিবাসী জাতিগোষ্ঠীর সম [...]

    29. Lectura imprescindible per conèixer un conflicte totalment desconegut per al gran públic.Com l'Estat indi s'acarnissa de forma impune contra els més pobres i les tribus dels boscos d'Índia central per poder explotar les seves riqueses minerals i com les guerrilles maoistes hereves del moviment naxalita són dels únics que han plantat cara a aquesta injustícia.Una lluita a mort on "la democràcia més gran del món" no dubta a utilitzar el terrorisme d'Estat per massacrar camperols indefens [...]

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