The Verbal Terrorist seems to be smitten with a new affliction lately. I wrote about it at some length. The malady can be reduced to a mantra, a chant: India is not a democracy (repeat 7639203410 times, rinse repeat it again for the same number of times… and so on). She chanted it as recently as last Thursday in support of a Commie comrade.
Writer Arundhati Roy on Thursday said democracy in India was “only for the rich and the elite.” She accused the Government of not lending an ear to mass movements in the country.
“The concept of Indian democracy is the biggest publicity scam of this century. Holding elections every five years does not necessarily mean that our country enjoys a democracy,” Ms. Roy said here.
Imprint those italicized lines deeply in your mind, gentle reader for she has, perhaps inadvertently, dropped the boulder on her own toes. In other words, she’s forgotten the proverb about people staying in glass houses and landed herself in a pretty mess.
The families of two of India’s best-known authors, Arundhati Roy and Vikram Seth, have been issued notices by a local Madhya Pradesh court for allegedly encroaching on a tribal’s land. Forest officials Nishikant Jadhav and JC Sharma are the other two parties in the case who have allegedly built cottages on land belonging to Vijay Singh Desh in Hoshangabad’s Pipariya district, 200 km from Bhopal.
I guess her definition of environment and tribal rights doesn’t include illegal encroachment of land notified as a sanctuary.
Acting on a complaint, the local tehsildar court in Pipariya on Friday issued notices to all four occupants and asked them to remove the encroachments by July 7.
According to the complaint, all four are said to have built their cottages on Desh’s land despite his objection.
Later, they also got a road constructed on another portion of the land with the result that the tribal was left with only that bit on which his house was standing.
“First, they constructed their houses on my land and then the road. When we pointed out that the place they were using for constructing their house and road was ours, they didn’t pay any attention because we are poor people,” said Vijay Singh’s wife Sukhdevi.
Again, embed the italicized words in your mind, gentle reader.
Roy & co have done the precise thing they protest so vociferously against. I guess the Verbal Terrorist takes up cudgels only if the government buys land–mind you, after compensating the owners–from the “poor.” However, it’s okay if she steals land from the selfsame poor she claims to represent, in whose name she has milked zillions of dollars from the blind-and-deaf West. Shouldn’t she at least shut up, or at the least think, before uttering crap like “democracy is for the rich” given how her mask has been stripped off time and again? If there’s substance in “democracy is for the rich,” then Arundhati Roy eminently qualifies.
Poverty is definitely rewarding.