How carelessly imperial power vivisected ancient civilizations. Palestine and Kashmir are imperial Britain's festering, blood-drenched gifts to the modem world. Both are fault lines in the raging international con�icts of today.

— Arundhati Roy

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That's what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.

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Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.

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There's really no such thing as the 'voiceless'.

There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.

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Nationalism of one kind or another was the cause of most of the genocide of the twentieth century. Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people's minds and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead.

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Pity the nation that has to silence its writers for speaking their minds.

Pity the nation that needs to jail those who ask for justice, while communal killers, mass murderers, corporate scamsters, looters, rapists, and those who prey on the poorest of the poor, roam free.

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Wars are never fought for altruistic reasons.

They're usually fought for hegemony, for business. And then of course there's the business of war.

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He folded his fear into a perfect rose.

He held it out in the palm of his hand. She took it from him and put it in her hair.

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Every people, every society, needs a culture of resistance, a culture of being difficult and disobedient, that is the only way they will ever be able to stand up to the inevitable abuse of power by whoever runs the state apparatus, the capitalists, the communists, the socialists, the Gandhians, whoever.

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To annihilate indigenous populations eventually paves the way to our own annihilation. They are the only people who practice sustainable living. We think they are relics of the past, but they may be the gatekeepers to our future.

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Ammu said that human beings were creatures of habit, and it was amazing the kind of things one could get used to.

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...a political struggle that does not have women at the heart of it, above it, below it, and within it is no struggle at all.

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When you say things like, 'We have to wipe out the Taliban,' what does that mean? The Taliban is not a fixed number of people. The Taliban is an ideology that has sprung out of a history that, you know, America created anyway.

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About Arundhati Roy

Quotes 297 sayings
Nationality Indian
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

Colorful demonstrations and weekend marches are vital but alone are not powerful enough to stop wars. Wars will be stopped only when soldiers refuse to fight, when workers refuse to load weapons onto ships and aircraft, when people boycott the economic outposts of Empire that are strung across the globe.

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She viewed ethnic cleansing, famine and genocide as direct threats to her furniture.

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NGOs are dangerous. They do what the missionaries used to do in Colonial times. They are Trojan Horses. The worse the situation, the more the NGOs.

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Empathy may be the single most important quality that must be nurtured to give peace a fighting chance.

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I do what I do, and write what I write, without calculating what is worth what and so on. Fortunately, I am not a banker or an accountant. I feel that there is a time when a political statement needs to be made and I make it.

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Railing against the past will not heal us.

History has happened. It's over and done with. All we can do is to change its course by encouraging what we love instead of destroying what we don't.

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The people who created the crisis in the first place will not be the ones that come up with a solution.

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The only thing worth globalizing is dissent.

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The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling - their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them.

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Human rights are fundamental rights, they are the minimum, the very least we demand. Too often, they become the goal itself. What should be the minimum becomes the maximum - all we are supposed to expect - but human rights aren't enough. The goal is, and must always be, justice.

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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. Twenty-first century market capitalism, American-style, will fail for the same reasons. Both are edifices constructed by human intelligence, undone by human nature.

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Sometimes there's truth in old cliches.

There can be no real peace without justice. And without resistance there will be no justice.

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We need a new kind of politics. Not the politics of governance, but the politics of resistance. The politics of opposition. The politics of joining hands across the world and preventing certain destruction.

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If we were to lose the ability to be emotional, if we were to lose the ability to be angry, to be outraged, we would be robots. And I refuse that.

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Making bombs will only destroy us. It doesn't matter whether we use them or not. They will destroy us either way.

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Fiction and non-fiction are only different techniques of story telling.

For reasons I do not fully understand, fiction dances out of me. Non-fiction is wrenched out by the aching, broken world I wake up to every morning.

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The trouble is that once you see it, you can't unsee it.

And once you've seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There's no innocence. Either way, you're accountable.

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Capitalism’s real “grave-diggers” may end up being its own delusional Cardinals, who have turned ideology into faith. Despite their strategic brilliance, they seem to have trouble grasping a simple fact: Capitalism is destroying the planet. The two old tricks that dug it out of past crises-War and Shopping-simply will not work.

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Nationalism of one kind or another was the cause of most of the genocide of the twentieth century.

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India has millions of internally displaced people.

And now, they are putting their bodies on the line and fighting back. They are being killed and imprisoned in their thousands. Theirs is a battle of the imagination, a battle for the redefinition of the meaning of civilisation, of the meaning of happiness, of the meaning of fulfilment.

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Violating human rights is integral to the project of neoliberalism and global hegemony.

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Fascism itself can only be turned away if all those who are outraged by it show a commitment to social justice that equals the intensity of their indignation.

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If you're happy in a dream, does that count?

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If he touched her, he couldn't talk to her, if he loved her he couldn't leave, if he spoke he couldn't listen, if he fought he couldn't win.

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Fiction is truth. I think fiction is the truest thing there ever was. My whole effort is to remove that distinction. The writer is the midwife of understanding. It's very important for me to tell politics like a story, to make it real.

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NGOs have a complicated space in neoliberal politics.

They are supposed to mop up the anger. Even when they are doing good work, they are supposed to maintain the status quo. They are the missionaries of the corporate world.

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From being a dream, dams have become a very cynical corrupt enterprise;

a way of letting governments lay their hands on huge sums of money; a way of centralizing resources; a way of snatching rivers away from the poor and giving them to the rich. And so in a sense they've become monuments to corruption.

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I feel ashamed that the new, nuclear, neo-liberal India thinks of itself as a 'natural ally' of Israel. Ever since India began to call itself an emerging superpower, it has become a slavish, groveling satellite state of the US.

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You have come to a stage where you almost have to work on yourself.

You know, on finding some tranquility with which to respond to these things, because I realize that the biggest risk that many of us run is beginning to get inured to the horrors.

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Some things come with their own punishments.

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Privatisation is presented as being the only alternative to an inefficient, corrupt state. In fact, it is not a choice at all... it is a mutually profitable business contract between the private company (preferably foreign) and the ruling elite of the Third World

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Either way, change will come. It could be bloody, or it could be beautiful. It depends on us.

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It is such a supreme folly to believe that nuclear weapons are deadly only if they're used.

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I think many people were surprised by the victory of the Congress, because it was really hard to see beyond the sort of haze of hatred that the Hindu nationalists had been spreading.

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Even capitalists must surely admit, that intellectually at least, socialism is a worthy opponent. It imparts intelligence even to its adversaries.

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Insanity hovered close at hand, like an eager waiter at an expensive restaurant.

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Little events, ordinary things, smashed and reconstituted.

Suddenly, they become the bleached bones of a story.

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