Listening To Grasshoppers

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This series of essays examines the dark side of democracy in contemporary India. It looks closely at how religious majoritarianism, cultural nationalism and neo-fascism simmer just under the surface of a country that projects itself as the world’s largest democracy.

ISBN: 9780141044095 Author: Roy, Arundhati Publisher: PENGUIN GROUP Publication Date: 4th February 2010 Imprint: Penguin Books Cover: Paperback Dewey: 320.540954 (edition:22) Pages: 256 Readership: College - higher education / Code: F Category: Subject:

‘What happens once democracy has been used up? When it has been hollowed out and emptied of meaning?’

Combining brilliant insight and razor-sharp prose, Listening to Grasshoppers is Arundhati Roy’s essential exploration of the political picture in India today. In these essays she takes a hard look at the underbelly of the world’s largest democracy and shows how the journey that Hindu nationalism and neo-liberal economic reforms began together in the early 1990s is unravelling in dangerous ways.

Beginning with the state-backed killing of Muslims in Gujarat in 2002, and ending with an analysis of the November 2008 attacks on Mumbai, Listening to Grasshoppers tracks the fault-lines that threaten to destroy India’s precarious future and, along the way, asks fundamental questions about democracy itself – a political system that has, by virtue of being considered ‘the best available option’, been put beyond doubt and correction.

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