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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For her work as an activist she received capiatlism Cultural Freedom Prize awarded by the Lannan Foundation in I for one was always under the impression, based on assertions by seemingly very smart people, that democracy flourished in India because of the emergence of a very large middle class which itself was a consequence of land reforms carried out by its government immediately post independence.

See 2 questions about Capitalism…. The only failing in this book was myself, the reader. He can be reached at syed. Sep 11, Seph Roofbeams rated it liked it. This book covers a variety of topics relating to exploitation, war, business and government and their relationship to global capitalism. This is a minor problem over all: The only failing in this book was myself, the Arundhati Roy is a courageous and cutting writer.

I think it was mostly short pieces previously published elsewhere. Until then, there are externalities external to the Marketlike much of the environment. 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: It becomes an act of humiliation caoitalism cultural imperialism I concede, the situation in India is probably far from being any good, and inequality is definitely a huge problem, but to dump everything on capitalism?

Jul 25, Lea rated it it was amazing Shelves: May 03, Ryan Bell rated it really liked it. The first and longest essay in this collection also titled “Capitalism: Return to Book Page. Corporate encroachment on poorer farming areas, people being forced out.


It could be said that India is a part of the world where capitalism tries out its dirtiest tricks to see what it can get away with. Refresh and try again. Everything I loved about her work in The God of Small Things is here, even in a non fiction politico-economic commentary. These are basically notes for myself, habitually posted as a GR review. The points are made passionately. Roy is as I understand it, essentially a Marxist, and I’m basically a social democrat.

The Maoists in India seek to halt ‘program’s in its tracks, no doubt there are others who see modernization as a necessary historical phase but the question for all of us is how do we stop the Juggernaut at a global level?

I particularly enjoyed her assessment of NGOs and how they’re influenced and controlled by these massive corporations ro best interests are to subvert activists into something that will not threaten them or their interests.

Powerful zrundhati have protected internal markets both high-productive and low-productive sectors and force weaker countries less-productive relations. Capitalism is destroying the planet.

The writing is crisp and compelling. Dalam satu ceramah, Zizek bilang pernah korespondensi dengan Arundhati, tentang konflik Kashmir, yg oleh pemerintahan India dengan piciknya ditutup-tutupi.

Capitalism: A Ghost Story by Arundhati Roy

Mar 06, Jigar Brahmbhatt rated it really liked it. Capitalism’s playground is global i. The first chapter is just knock your socks off, balls-to-the-wall takedown. Dalam satu ceramah, Zizek bilang capitailsm korespondensi dengan Arundhati, tentang konflik Kashmir, yg oleh pemerintahan India dengan piciknya di Lebih sebagai pamflet tentang kapitalisme dan konflik di Kashmir.

Despite some frustrating moments, this is a wonderful collection of essays that no doubt really annoys the Indian state and arundhai hangers on — what better reason to take notice. That she’s used her success with her novel to become a voice for the marginalized is admirable and brave.

Capitalism: A Ghost Story by Arundhati Roy review – excess and corruption laid bare

Roy has exposed a specifically Indian form it may take, but its vampire squid tentacles may be found most everywhere else. First, the power of corporate “foundations”. I ended up reading the book multiple times. A very interesting, very short read. View all 7 comments. Skip to primary navigation Skip to content Skip to primary sidebar. It’s telling that the enemies of the Left love to point towards the supposed crimes of Communism or Socialism, and talk about the deaths in the Soviet Union xapitalism hunger and poverty in Venezuela, but nobody points towards the hundreds of thousands of avoidable deaths in India which are directly attributable to Capitalism.


This book mostly covers the stories of the area like Bastar, Kashmir and another part of Chattisgarh and Jharkhand, where government policies are different from rest of India, and mainly done to please the big corporations.

That was eye-opening, to say the least.

Eye opening, enraging, informative, and well-written, Roy destroys modern India as well as subtle worldwide issues such as the creeping corporate takeovers of government and services her takedown of the rise of NGOs is terrific and utterly depressing, and I truly did not understand the concept of corporate foundations and she elucidated that perfectly – but also left me depressed. The international financial meltdown is closing in.

Arundhati Roy is always great but somehow expected more from this. Maoist guerillas; locals who protest about anything else may get accused of being in league with them.

Sometimes this can come off arundhatk little basic but it’s a solid primer for people who want to know more about the politics that inform her second novel. Oct 09, NancyHelen rated it really liked it Shelves: Jan 07, Sara Salem rated it liked it. I wont go into it here, because its too big.

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 world’s largest democracy’. Refer to Stody the Host: