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Updated: November 18, 2013 01:43 IST

Don’t limit PM option to Modi and Rahul, says Arundhati

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Writer Arundhati Ray at the function of Nisan magazine in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. Photo: Lingaraj Panda
Writer Arundhati Ray at the function of Nisan magazine in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. Photo: Lingaraj Panda

Ms. Roy praised the struggle of the Dongria tribe and its success in thwarting the move to dig out Niyamgiri.

Author and activist Arundhati Roy said here on Sunday that in this age of coalition, options are wide open and people should not fall into the trap of Narendra Modi or Rahul Gandhi.

Ms. Roy said the Gujarat Chief Minister is unlikely to become the Prime Minister.

“Mr. Modi is unlikely to become the Prime Minister, while Rahul Gandhi is also inexperienced,” she told reporters on the sidelines of a convention organised by Nisan, a literary magazine.

Claiming that the country was being governed by corporates, Ms. Roy said instead of discussing who the Prime Minister should be, “we should talk about which company will come – “Tata or Reliance.”

Bhubaneswar Staff Reporter adds:

‘Aim is to close down Vedanta refinery’

Ms. Roy also said that the struggle for Niyamgiri would continue till the refinery unit of Vedanta Alumina Limited, situated at the foothill of Niyamgiri, is dismantled.

The noted writer and activist praised the struggle of the Dongria tribe and its success in thwarting the move to dig out Niyamgiri.

“In our world, saving one mountain is a much bigger thing than writing books and winning a Booker prize. I salute you. A refinery still exists at the foothill of Niyamgiri. A long struggle is ahead,” Ms. Roy told members of the Dongria community who were invited to the gathering.

“We should not be complacent after the victory. The corporate world is still prepared to fight it out. They are making all possible efforts to bring bauxite to the refinery. Now our aim is to close down the refinery,” Ms. Roy said.

The activist said the Dongria tribe has shown the world the art of resistance.

Local communities who are engaging in struggles to save their livelihoods should not be dictated by the so-called intellectuals on how to fight, she said, adding, “Let people decide the means of their own struggle.”

Madam Arunthati Roy’s remarks are realistic reflections on the present democratic system - an Indian variety, which emerged in 1947 on the social formation in which the Indian Bourgeoisie had called the shot. Since she is not a psephologist, Roy is not concerned here about number of votes the Congress and the BJP parties will be scoring, and not about their trickiest political abilities to muster other parties up for a coalition government (like the Congress’s UPA-I, II by abusing the CBI); she is out to tell us about the joint venture of these parties with corporate mafias whenever they have ruled India. When she says “we should talk about which company will come – “Tata or Reliance.”, Roy is not denying the present system’s INABILITY in creating a just society with a decent life standard for all; such a caveat is MUST for the masses that have been used as mere voting tools in the present system by the financial elites.

from:  A.Kannan
Posted on: Nov 18, 2013 at 15:11 IST

Doesn't matter what she thinks or anybody else says as to who should be PM. Fact is that
only the large political parties have the resources required to fight elections then cobble
together the numbers needed to form a government. We are too fragmented a nation for
anything else. So like it or not, it's either NDA-2 or UPA-3 which we are going to see. Then
based on which of these win, who becomes PM depends on the negotiations and
compromises they have to make to cobble together a majority. So we might not have either
of these 2 gentlemen - that's also a fair possibility. Maybe MMS again if the UPA wins. Maybe
a third party leader supported by either the BJP or the Congress. Who knows.
One can have opinions, but those opinions do not elect our PMs.

from:  Rajeev Iyer
Posted on: Nov 18, 2013 at 14:09 IST

I wonder how she will react if Naveen Patnaik becomes PM.

from:  ashokr
Posted on: Nov 18, 2013 at 14:08 IST

Arunthadhi is right. Extend it to Sachin Tendulkar and every other
cricket gamblers.

from:  C. Sachidananda Narayanan
Posted on: Nov 18, 2013 at 13:14 IST

In India as in America, democracy has been reduced to an almost meaningless false choice between two right-wing parties.

from:  Ashu
Posted on: Nov 18, 2013 at 12:04 IST

Madam, Your views are perfectly online & naked truth. Thats what world is. As long as we have black money into system & abnormal asset creation by few class or families of India we will have all sorts of issue. Everyone is hand in gloves with nexus of politics - business - media - mafia - law & order. Only few things have changed otherwise by & large everything is unchanged.

from:  Chetan
Posted on: Nov 18, 2013 at 09:10 IST

Arundati Roy has rightly said I think it not the questition of P.M but the questition of economic policies which are same of both congress & BJP.

from:  tarseem kumar
Posted on: Nov 18, 2013 at 08:12 IST

Whether she likes or not, Modi is next PM. There are no very many
choices as the PM is not elected by masses but elected by MPs.
Alternative to Congi and BJP is not yet around and hence either it is
Rahul or Modi.

from:  prince
Posted on: Nov 18, 2013 at 07:25 IST

I fully agree to Ms Arundhati Roy regarding our myopic confinement
within two personalities to be chosen as next PM of India. Both of
them are no way suitably fit for the post.Both of them and their party
don't have any agenda and will power to address the real issues the
nation is facing. Without having any Vision and strategy they are
playing with the emotions of the people. They make the voter
absolutely fool. Let our intellectuals come forward with better
solutions and ideas to strongly put before the people enabling them to
think in a better way so that they may hand over the reign of the
country to a right person.

from:  Haji Mohammad A Ali
Posted on: Nov 18, 2013 at 07:21 IST

“Mr. Modi is unlikely to become the Prime Minister, while Rahul Gandhi
is also inexperienced,”
Good.
we should not limit ourselves by their speechs, winning oaths and so far
achievements. we should also look for other possible alternatives.

from:  Balaji
Posted on: Nov 18, 2013 at 07:12 IST

Any thinking person would agree with Ms Roy. India has a population of more than 200 crores. But Indian 'democracy' functions in a funny way. Even before the elections are officially announced they decide on the Prime Minister either by 'nomination' or by 'inheritance'. Wait for the election results. Let the Members of Parliament by majority decide who is to be the Prime Minister. Myth making and manipulations will only mar the democratic structure.It is heartening to note there a few sane souls among the us who voice this anguish.

from:  nagappan nair
Posted on: Nov 18, 2013 at 06:39 IST

It is a shame that we ourselves are unable to recognize how vibrant our democracy is and how decisive mandates have been in all the elections.It is naive of the author to think that Modi has been thrust upon the people by corporates.One can even say it is a crooked way of thinking.are there better alternatives than Modi and Rahul?So be it, people will decide.

from:  V V Iyengar
Posted on: Nov 18, 2013 at 06:27 IST
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