What the Attack on Arundhati Roy Tells Us About Fascism’s Rise in India

Source: Common Dreams
by Azad Essa

“On 14 June, Indian authorities gave the go-ahead for the prosecution of acclaimed Indian novelist Arundhati Roy over her comments about Kashmir made back in 2010. Roy, a Booker Prize-winning author and activist, was accused of sedition and disrupting social harmony under Section 45 (1) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), India’s counterterrorism law. Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena also named 70-year-old Kashmiri former professor Sheikh Showkat Hussain for his comments on Kashmir made at the same event in New Delhi. There would have been others who may have been named, but they are either already in jail or dead. The farcical developments in New Delhi come just days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to power, albeit with a lesser margin, what some liberals in India had hoped would taper the country’s descent into fascism and authoritarianism.” (06/27/24)