India: Economic Growth & Development

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Jealous of Arundhati Roy? anyone?

In her recent opinion piece in Outlook, SABA NAQVI BHAUMIK, grandly proposes to examine why India allegedly loves to hate Ms Roy. While this appears to be an urgent life and death issue to Ms Bhaumik, I'm more interested in why she thinks this is a topic worth examing. Perhaps a bit inadvertently, she does reveal a bit of this by conceding that a "foreign journalist recently asked me how Roy is perceived by Indians". Point to be noted your honour that instead of turning around and querying the foreign journalist, on behalf of all Indians
Why do you care how Roy is perceived by Indians?
..... Ms. Bhaumik is satisfied with "how high?" Indians are left wondering about the motives of the foreign journalist. Is it (1) concern about the dwindling relevance of Roy despite all those expensive foreign awards & column inches in the foreign press? (2) is it perhaps the case that as India shines brighter, the light is revealing more and more of Roy to the masses?

There are increasingly rational and cogent arguments deconstructing Roy's public utterances against which she seems both helpless & defenceless. Here is one compelling case where Sankrant Sanu, a successful I.T professional based in the U.S. systematically & thoroughly
decomposes Roy's comments at the WSF. Something to which Roy has never been able to respond.

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