The calculus of infinite irrelevance

Of course, when celebrated novelists worry that a country is melting into the darkness, its prospects are probably bright — The Economist

It’s not in our power to stop Arundhati Roy from ranting. It is in our power to ridicule it, and we will. The Left, the Terrorist-sympathising Activist Brigade and their Captive Press will do everything they can to minimise the extent of our outrage. Nothing the Badnews Papers say can change the fact that all over India from the biggest cities to the smallest villages, in public places and private home can hardly understand why US President Bush’s visit is anything to be so disturbed about.

“We’re natural allies,” says an American official, “We should have been closer much earlier.” The feeling, by and large, is reciprocated in India, if not among the chattering classes; Arundhati Roy, a novelist, argues that to seek an alliance with America “would be like inviting a brick to drop through your windshield”. But a poll of 15 countries last year by the Pew Research Centre found that 71% of Indians had a favourable view of America, the highest proportion of all. [The Economist]

In a survey published this week in the Indian newsweekly Outlook, two-thirds of Indians “strongly” or “somewhat” regarded Mr. Bush as “a friend of India,” even as 72 percent called the United States “a bully. [NYT]

7 thoughts on “The calculus of infinite irrelevance”

  1. (YAWN)
    Talk USA and she jumps up to hit out thousand word articles to whoever will print them. Whats new? For someone who’s among the richer denizens of our “poor country”(as she says) she doesnt seem so incarcerated by it or is she?

  2. I winced. I don’t care much for Roy’s views or means (though the woman can put a sentence together!) but she’s right on with that statement. Bush laying flowers at Gandhi samadhi? Ouch!

  3. “Nobody questions the rights of writers to express political
    opinions but when it comes to the bulk delivery of unsolicited
    guidance on the world’s shortcomings, Miss Roy’s currently in
    a class of her own.”

    From an article called ‘Damn Nuisance’ in the Telegraph UK
    on March 10, 2002

  4. Arundhati Roy, who has the unique ability to approach politics through fiction instead of reality, made the amazing claim that she and the Marxists she marched with represented popular Indian sentiment while Bush was speaking only ‘‘to a few caged rich people in the Delhi zoo’’. She uses words so imaginatively she must go back to writing fiction. [Tavleen Singh/IE]

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