Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy

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Written by Arundhati Roy

Published by Penguin Group(CA)

304 pages



'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.


Title: Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy
Author: Arundhati Roy
Language: English
Length: 304
Edition: 1
Publisher: Penguin Group(CA)
ISBN-10: 0141044098
ISBN-13: 9780141044095