Arundhati Roy and Salman Rushdie on India

In the past couple of days we got word about different facets of Indian society from two of the most distinguished South Asian authors, Salman Rushdie and Arundhati Roy.

Salman Rushdie spoke about freedom of expression in India; and about the ‘immeasureableness’ of the damage caused by his banned-in-India-and-Pakistan novel ‘The Satanic Verses’ when the actual damage to Islam is being caused by Muslim terrorists and Muslim militant fundamentalists in Pakistan; and, more. Arundhati Roy’s article ‘Capitalism: A Ghost Story’ shows us the painful impacts of the inequalities generated by our current policies and systems. Together, these two items give us an almost wholesome image of the state of our rights and freedoms in India, South Asia, and the World.

Presented by two major media groups, here’s a video made in India, and an article published in Pakistan. Plus the diverse perspectives and expressions of two amazing novelists of our time!

Salman Rushdie
India Today Conclave 2012
New Delhi, March 17

Arundhati Roy 2012
Karachi, March 18