Capitalism. A Ghost Story. by Arundhati Roy. Hardback Reviews. “The fierceness with which Arundhati Roy loves humanity moves my heart.” – Alice Walker. Capitalism: A Ghost Story. Rockefeller to Arundhati Roy 26 March Capitalism: A A temple to the new India, or a warehouse for its ghosts? Ever since. Perhaps, due to the title, which dubbed capitalism a ghost story thereby implicitly supporting my sentiments, I ended up purchasing the book.

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Corporate encroachment on poorer farming areas, people being forced out. Thanks for telling us about the problem. In this concise book one would get to learn about a different perspective of looking at things, or looking through them. From the poisoned stroy, barren wells, and clear-cut forests, to the hundreds of thousands of farmers who have committed suicide to escape punishing debt, to the hundreds of millions of people who live on less than two dollars a day, there are ghosts nearly everywhere you look in India.

What she does do though, is highlight the range of inequalities that still exist in India, alongside an economic boom and the popular tagline ‘the capiatlism largest democracy’. Secondly, once again I’m faced with the consequences of the US’s atundhati of capitalism and oft-perverted democracy.

It’s not about the burka, it’s about the coercion. Admittedly, prejudice has played a part all this time in deliberately ignoring anything associated with our eastern neighbour; perhaps also the reason I have shied away from comparing the two economies despite a view that their size aside, a historical comparison might throw up interesting insights into capltalism policy actions for Pakistan.

Arundhati Roy’s Capitalism — A Ghost Story

arnudhati Even the comments in the footnotes were worthwhile. This was pretty damn amazing. Show 25 25 50 All. Preview — Capitalism by Arundhati Roy. But what she was talking about is not Capitalism, it was crony Capitalism.


Viewing gender in his way, shorn of social, political, and economic context, makes it an issue of identity, a battle of props and costumes. And now that we do, there’s no way they’re going to leave money on the table in developing nations. The upshot was the execution of a man for whom there was no clear evidence of his involvement, except that he had former involvement in Kashmiri radical politics.

I feel everyone must read it. The book is focused upon development, class struggle and the imposition of Neo-Liberal capitalism capitaliem India, the World’s Largest Democracy c. That she’s used her success with her novel to become a voice for the marginalized is admirable and brave.

Everything I loved about her work in The God of Small Things is here, even in a non fiction politico-economic commentary. This is a major, structural crack in the juggernaut of global capital.

Roy has exposed a specifically Indian form it may take, but its vampire squid tentacles may be found most everywhere else. Rural Indians are told to move to the cities, in the manner of Norman Tebbit’s ‘on yer bike’ exhortation to s Britons.

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There may not be much economics here, but there is an impressive amount of political economy. Powerful, hard hitting description of the consequences of unfettered capitalism, combined with American-inspired imperialism running roughshod over the Indian subcontinent.

Okay, there’s a chasm between a homeless person on the streets here and an emigre Russian oligarch, but there’s some service provision and welfare – increasingly patchy though it is – that gives the homeless Brit half a chance of a leg up. But I’ll definitely pursue her writing further.


Everybody must have the right to shelter, education, and healthcare. A Ghost Story in the hope that it would provide some insight into this issue, and it certainly did, but I was a little embarrassed at how simple and in retrospect, obvious the answer is: If after enjoying democracy for decades, the final fruit is Rs 20 per day, is it wrong to question the system?

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Dec 05, Darran Mclaughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: I spent much of my reading time of this book on Google researching the many, many things I did not know about India. A Ghost Story examines the dark side of democracy in contemporary India, and shows how the demands of globalized capitalism has subjugated billions of people to the highest and most intense forms of racism and exploitation.

Not a bad read though. The first and longest essay in this collection also titled “Capitalism: Hi jinks Roy describes a phase of crony capitalism we like to think that we’ve left behind, but that seems rather to be spreading, firstly from the U. Topics Arundhati Roy Nicholas Lezard’s choice. Major international corporations are sitting on huge piles of money, not sure where to invest it, not sure how the financial crisis will play out. Roy is, of course, too big to touch, even though she lives in Delhi.