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Democracy — Whore, Judiciary — Meaningless

I have always wondered why Arundhati Roy is against democracy and prefers dictators like Musharraf, Saddam Hussein etc. I got my answer in her speech at Centre for Economic and Social Rights in New York on May 13th

“Democracy is the Free World’s whore, says Arundhati Roy”:http://www.sulekha.com/redirectnh.asp?cid=309501

bq. “Democracy, the modern world’s holy cow, is in crisis … every kind of outrage is being committed in the name of democracy. It has become little more than a hollow word, a pretty shell, emptied of all content or meaning,” she said. “Democracy is the Free World’s whore, willing to dress up, dress down, willing to satisfy a whole range of tastes, available to be used and abused at will.”

See that is the problem with democracy. Sometimes you have to accept the fact that there are people who do not agree with your point of view. In Saddam’s land, you never had that problem. You could have a different point of view, so long as you were willing to spent rest of your life as “a dead body”:http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/0515graves15.html.

She did not spare the judicary as well.

bq. Free elections, a free press and an independent judiciary mean little when the free market means they are on sale to the highest bidder, she said.

Call the Judiciary stupid if you want, but they do not “like it a bit”:http://www.ashoo.org/blog/archives/cat_moron_watch.html#000114 when you violate the rules of the land and “build houses in protected land”:http://varnam.nationalinterest.in/archives/000084.html.

Again, don’t you see the irony here. You are able to come to United States and criticize it in public. Now go to Cuba, China, Iran or North Korea and say the same thing about their administration.

12 Responses to Democracy — Whore, Judiciary — Meaningless

  1. Shanti May 18, 2003 at 3:28 pm #

    JK, I think it is a case of something like Groucho Marx said – “I wouldn’t be part of a club that would have me as a member” – Roy and her ilk cannot stand states that give people like her the freedom to spew their hateful venom.

  2. JK May 19, 2003 at 10:02 am #

    You know when the American media writes about India and Pakistan, they write, Hindu majority India, Muslim Majority Pakistan..Similarly, when we write about Arundhati, we should qualify her as “anti-democracy, forest land grabber, anti-iraq-rebuilder…” etc.

  3. Shanti May 20, 2003 at 7:38 am #

    LOL – sounds perfect – we should come up with a catchy acronym for all that.

  4. Sandeep May 21, 2003 at 11:34 pm #


    The acronymn is right there, in JK’s comment:


    Forest grabber

    But I prefer “verbal terrorist” any day! :-)

  5. JK May 22, 2003 at 8:11 am #

    Sandeep, “Verbal Terrorist” is short and accurate. The only thing is that we should use this qualifier all the time. Is it Ravikiran who came up with this ?

  6. Shanti May 22, 2003 at 8:14 am #

    I like AFAR, but “verbal terrorist” has a very nice ring to it. JK, we all need to be paying royalties to Ravi.

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  8. JK May 22, 2003 at 10:26 am #

    Rajeev Srinivasan has introduced more terms. Ravi, I think he is competing with you.


    I particularly liked Similarly, RNIs call themselves ‘secular progressives’ whereas they are neither secular nor progressive: a more truthful description would be ‘regressive fundamentalists’.

    I am going to switch to this new terminology.

  9. porphyrogenitus.net May 23, 2003 at 7:47 am #

    French Surrender?

    So some are saying that because the French voted “aye” on the UN Resolution yesterday, they’ve surrendered and the war is over. Steven Den Beste has a long and good post on the French accepting defeat in the UN over

  10. porphyrogenitus.net May 23, 2003 at 7:51 am #

    French Surrender?

    So some are saying that because the French voted “aye” on the UN Resolution yesterday, they’ve surrendered and the war is over. Steven Den Beste has a long and good post on the French accepting defeat in the UN over

  11. niraj May 23, 2003 at 8:27 am #


    Frontline magazine has long provided Arundhati Roy with a platform to air her mendacity, so it is no surprise they

  12. melvin fisher October 26, 2003 at 11:00 am #

    roy is right..as for going to north korea and other non democrat lands ran by brutal dictators and protesting ..one must never forget..these godforsaken countrys were set up by and their brutal rulers supported by you guessed it..powerful democracys like america and britain.
    only when they dare threaten the policys and oil supplys of powerful democracys are they ever dealt with…until that occurs their citizenry are left to suffer.

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