After the recent controversy in India dealing particular with Arundhati Roy’s comments regarding Kashmir, we decided to explore what her stance was on the Sikh Genocide. After a quick search on google, we stumbled upon the following excerpt from a much longer interview.
It goes without saying, but its refreshing to see Arundhati Roy touch on the topic of the Sikh Genocide in the manner she does. The question is why do we fail to support activists such as herself who have spoken so truthfully against the abusive Indian state?
Taken from an interview on CNN-IBN called “Indian democracy in a state of emergency”. View the entire transcript and video by clicking here
Arundhati Roy: We call ourselves a democracy but as a society we tolerate the 68,000 dead in Kashmir, we tolerate deeply undemocratic laws like the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, we had the Sikh genocide and what happened in Gujarat, all of these things I question.
Karan Thapar: And the Prime Minister apologised for what happened to the Sikhs, Sonia Gandhi visited the Golden Temple.
Arundhati Roy: Would it be enough for you Karan, if someone killed your parents and raped your wife and the Prime Minister apologises?
Karan Thapar: The Chinese haven’t apologised for the Tiananmen Square.
Arundhati Roy: It doesn’t matter. The point is when we accept these kinds of injustices and absorb them and the Government thinks by apologising or dissimulating it’s over, but they all settle in us like toxins and we become a pretty barbaric society.