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Did Arundhati Roy Call Maoists ‘Gandhians With Guns’?

In India, Politics on June 2, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Times of India carries a clarification from author Arundhati Roy denying she called Maoists ‘Gandhians With Guns.’ Would’ve been nice if TOI had taken a moment to research what she actually wrote. Excerpt below from Part 3 of the 5 part series published by Guardian.

You decide what she actually meant. For us ‘Gandhi’ and ‘Guns’ in the same sentence describing Maoists pretty much equals ‘Gandhians With Guns.’ Sounds like Ms. Roy is engaged in a bit of backpedaling now that the Maoists are proving themselves ‘senselessly violent’ …without the quotation marks.

We’re moving in single file now. Myself, and one hundred, ‘senselessly violent’, bloodthirsty insurgents. I looked around at the camp before we left. There are no signs that almost a hundred people had camped here, except for some ash where the fires had been. I cannot believe this army. As far as consumption goes, it’s more Gandhian than any Gandhian, and has a lighter carbon footprint than any climate change evangelist. But for now, it even has a Gandhian approach to sabotage; before a police vehicle is burnt for example, it is stripped down and every part is cannibalized. The steering wheel is straightened out and made into a bharmaar barrel, the rexine upholstery stripped and used for ammunition pouches, the battery for solar charging. (The new instructions from the high command are that captured vehicles should be buried and not cremated. So they can be resurrected when needed.) Should I write a play I wonder—Gandhi Get Your Gun? Or will I be lynched?


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  2. ARUNDHATI ROY : DEVILS ADVOCATE
    Day by day Arundhati Roy is turning to become a master of disgrace. Now she is saying that “Gandhian way of non violence movement is outdated now, I support naxalite violent movement as they are doing it for poor people, I do not care, pick me and put me in jail”. But violence against whom, poor policemen of Dantewada or poor common train passengers of Gyaneswari express? She is talking for poor, but do not have dared to stand in front of poor and helpless widows of those policemen or mourning poor families of those who killed in train violence.
    But fighting for poor people is a nice charming propaganda used by white collar naxalite supporters like Ms Roy. But in naxalite literature, there is no talking about poor people, only how to fight the war against Govt. Hard core naxalites actually never cares for poor and they forcefully take away young boys and girls of poor tribal people against their will to strengthen their army. They are having dangerous connection with our enemy countries.
    In my view, when operation is only remedy for a patient, then there is no use of giving him sweet tablets. It will just worsen the condition of patient and same thing has to be understood by our govt and people now. Now time has came to fight in full throttle against this cancer. So why not we should start this war with disbarring people like Ms Arundhati Roy.

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