[Video] Arundhati Roy on the Maoist Movement and the Naxal Attack in Dantewada

Even here in India, there are these somewhat artificial debates about “violent” and “non-violent” resistance—basically a critique of the Maoists’ armed struggle in the mineral-rich forests of Central India. The fact is that if everybody leaves adivasis to fight their own battles against displacement and destitution, it’s impossible to expect them to be Gandhian. However, it is open to people outside the forest, well-off and middle-class people who the media pays mind to, to become a part of the resistance. If they stood up, then perhaps those in the forest would not need to resort to arms. If they won’t stand up, then there’s not much point in their preaching morality to the victims of the war. — Arundhati Roy in an interview with Amitava Kumar for Guernica magazine (link here)

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People who are starving cannot go on a hunger strike. — Arundhati Roy (in the video below)

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