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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

On principle

Try to imagine an embedded or imperial writer doing this?

"Celebrated writer Arundhati Roy on Saturday refused to accept the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in protest against the Indian Government toeing the US line by 'violently and ruthlessly pursuing policies of brutalisation of industrial workers, increasing militarisation and economic neo-liberalisation'.

"Novelist Arundhati Roy has turned down a national award from India's academy of letters because she opposes the government's policies. The jury of Sahitya Akademi last week chose her book, The Algebra of Infinite Justice, a collection of political essays, for the 2005 literary award.

"'I have a great deal of respect for the Sahitya Akademi, for the members of this year's Jury and for many of the writers who have received these awards in the past. But to register my protest and reaffirm my disagreement — indeed my absolute disgust — with these policies of the Indian Government, I must refuse to accept the 2005 Sahtiya Akademi Award', Arundhati said in a statement here. 'These essays written between 1998 and 2001 are deeply critical of some of the major policies of the Indian State', she said. The main area of her disagreement included the government policies of constructing big dams, persuing nuclear weapons, increasing militarisation and economic liberalisation. Even today this government 'shows a continuing commitment to these polices and is clearly prepared to implement them ruthlessly and violently,' whatever the cost, she said."

When Roy won the 2004 Sydney Peace Prize, her principles were clear for all to see:

"I believe that all of us should be part of an Iraqi resistance which allows it to be non-violent, to be mass based, to be secular."


Blogger orang said...

Splendid woman.!!

From your link,

"Arundhati Roy is the winner of this year's Sydney Peace Prize, she donated her $50,000 prize to Aboriginal political activists. Her selection has caused controversy with critics saying she does not deserve a peace prize because she has failed to condemn insurgents in Iraq."

Who were the "critics"? And what a brilliant come back from her.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 1:25:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Her critics? The Murdoch press who claimed a 'terrorist sympathiser' was being awarded. The usual bollocks.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 1:32:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Yes she makes the MSM press whores look decidedly jelly backed doesn't she? She seems to be able to graps a fundamental concept, one of cause and effect.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 1:32:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

I don't know anything of her novels, but everything I've read of Roy's when she starts mouthing off about politics suggests she's nothing more than another po-mo radical chic thinker who trades on her "otherness" and makes a fortune condemning capitalism ("Soviet-style communism failed, not because it was intrinsically evil but because it was flawed. It allowed too few people to usurp too much power: 21st-century market-capitalism, American-style, will fail for the same reasons"...yawn...predictable undergraduate seminar wankiness) and uses the profits to build illegal vacation houses in protected forests.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 1:57:00 pm  
Blogger James Waterton said...

I greatly enjoy her fiction. Her non-fiction is odious beyond belief. What's more, she hasn't come up with anything particularly new. Just another leftish shill. Wonderful.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 4:41:00 pm  
Blogger orang said...

True, she's not as entertaining as say but even as I giggle the 1st few quips, the politics just turn me off. Maybe it's an allergy I have.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 5:35:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

I am trying to ressurect the principles of the Left from all the odious and empty garbage that the likes of Said-mantra-chanting mindless fools like Roy spout. She is a dizzy dollybird who, like Naomi Wolf before her, is adored by the once-left press because she is photogenic.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 5:55:00 pm  
Blogger violet said...


I heartily agree with your sentiments, and I would add also that Roy's adjective studded prose makes me want to puke.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 6:18:00 pm  
Blogger orang said...


Ant, you seem to attract the witches of MacBeth......
[Thunder. Enter the three Witches.]

Where hast thou been, sister?

Killing swine.

Sister, where thou?

A sailor's wife had chestnuts in her lap,
And mounch'd, and mounch'd, and mounch'd:--"Give me," quoth I:
"Aroint thee, witch!" the rump-fed ronyon cries.
Her husband's to Aleppo gone, master o' the Tiger:
But in a sieve I'll thither sail,
And, like a rat without a tail,
I'll do, I'll do, and I'll do.

I'll give thee a wind.

Thou art kind.

And I another.

I myself have all the other:
And the very ports they blow,
All the quarters that they know
I' the shipman's card.
I will drain him dry as hay:
Sleep shall neither night nor day
Hang upon his pent-house lid;
He shall live a man forbid:
Weary seven-nights nine times nine
Shall he dwindle, peak, and pine:
Though his bark cannot be lost,
Yet it shall be tempest-tost.--
Look what I have.

Show me, show me.

Here I have a pilot's thumb,
Wreck'd as homeward he did come.

[Drum within.]

A drum, a drum!
Macbeth doth come.

The weird sisters, hand in hand,
Posters of the sea and land,
Thus do go about, about:
Thrice to thine, and thrice to mine,
And thrice again, to make up nine:--
Peace!--the charm's wound up.

[Enter Macbeth and Banquo.]

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 9:29:00 pm  
Blogger James Waterton said...

Orang - I told you before; LSD is best avoided.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 10:38:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Yes Orang,

The love and compassion from these lovers of humanity, just oozes out of every pore of their skin doesn't it?

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 1:47:00 am  
Blogger James Waterton said...

Apologies - who are the "three bitches"? I am counting two anti-Orang (presumably) females on this thread...Neoleftychick and Violet. Who is the other bitch? Surely you're not talking about Ms Roy herself?

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 4:03:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

James Waterton said...

"(presumably) females"


Wednesday, January 18, 2006 2:31:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

Perhaps Roy is like our very own Peacenik bleeding heart Larissa Behrendt and simply wasn't attracted enough by the money offered. If its not enough for a new pair of Manolo Blahniks, its hardly worth getting out of bed to accept the prize, right?

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 5:05:00 pm  
Blogger orang said...

Arundhati Roy.... Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. what a babe.

I can't imagine having sex with any woman other than a leftie. I mean if she was a RWDB, and she you know was'd be constantly be worried that she would clamp down hard in her zeal to punish your political bent. Of course, if she was a good looking RWDB you might just bite your tongue regarding your politics, and just enjoy it. But there's be no bonding you know? She then becomes just a bimbo. Well, most RWDB are bimbo's has anyone noticed? I mean right wing bimbo's are typically frigid bitches. In my experience.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 6:55:00 pm  
Blogger James Waterton said...

Orang - I've noticed that a lot of young, smart women are lefties. This is mainly due to their relatively low incomes. Most of them make the conversion from left to right in their mid-late 20s when they start earning some decent money and suddenly they realise getting a third of your paypacket taken in tax to fund a socialist agenda really sucks.

That's one big reason why socialism's a young wo/man's game. Young people generally don't earn that much - the progressive tax system means they can easily afford socialism. This is, of course, quite a hypocritical move - it also indicates a lack of moral reasoning. Unfortunately, most young lefties destined for the right find it difficult to think beyond their immediate circumstances.

Anyhoo, what I've noticed about the left is that they're *extremely* intolerant of people who don't agree with them - I find this particularly humorous, considering all the "tolerance" crap they like to come out with. Most of the relationships I've had with lefty girls have petered out because she doesn't like my politics - and most of the time she doesn't really understand them, despite my best efforts to clarify. "Liberal voter" is about maximum comprehension of the libertarian philosophy for a depressingly large chunk of young socialists.

This is also reflected in national politics: just look at the difference between the cultures of the (once socialist, with strong loyalty and fraternal traits) ALP and the Liberal Party. If you're a pollie and you defect from LP to ALP, you *might* get accepted if you're bringing a seat with you. Just don't expect preselection at the next ballot. You'll certainly never be trusted. Make the move in the other direction and you get welcomed with open arms - the Libs will accept (almost) anyone.

Personally, I don't give a shit about someone's politics if I'm going to have a relationship with them - as long as their motivations for believing what they believe are worthy. Most leftist girls I've come across may say they agree - but in practice I've discovered they don't.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 8:20:00 pm  

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