200 pages, softcover ISBN: 0896087271
Yes, revolution is in the air.
I actually read this book a couple of months ago. I've since then passed it on using PaperBackSwap.com. So I don't have it in front of me, but I think I can remember a couple of points and share them because as I'm looking at different situations around the world I feel that Arundhati Roy's analysis is spot on.
The book is a collection of speeches she's made. They're easy reading, and she's very good with the rhetorical thrusts against her targets.
My lessons from this collection:
- Political democracy is no longer a guarantor of the masses' rights because transnational, corporate interests and their local oligarchical allies have become too adept at manipulation of the political apparatus and its buttresses such as intelligence services and media.
- Corporations and their local allies deliberately create ethnic and religious tensions to divert people from solidarity based on class interests. The example Professor Arundhati uses is India's Hindutva movements.
- Solidarity must become transnational in scope and global in outlook (an unedited version which I like better) to have a chance of restraining corporations and their local representative elites.
Similarly, as much as I think a Kurdistan in Northern Iraq is a terrible development, I can understand why Kurds want an independent state.
So I urge Muslims in North America to read this book to understand that until we join others in a more universal, more global perspective on rights beyond our limited "these people are like me, I should support them" reflex response, we're not going to be effective.