2 Oct 2009
In an interview with Democracy Now, Arundhati Roy talks about her new book and how present-day democracy excludes the poor.
A Booker Prize winner, Roy's new book is titled, "Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers."
"We have a very, very serious situation (in India) where now they are planning...to make an electronic ID card. Of course, once again, people who don't have water, who don't have electricity, who don't have schools, won't have ID cards. And people who don't have ID cards are not going to exist," says Roy in the interview.
She also comments on the role of the media in democracy. Quoting the Indian media's reaction to the so-called "terror attacks" in Mumbai, Roy says she fears the media. "The media, elite and urban middle class were spoiling for a war with Pakistan," contends Roy.
Roy reveals that much of her book deals with how the media has "behaved" in the last few years. She is troubled about living in a country where the media has "no accountability."
The clip above is part four of the Democracy Now interview. Please find links to parts 1-3 of the interview below.
For part one of this interview, please click here.
For part two of this interview, please click here.
For part three of this interview, please click here.