The planned economy and the struggle for socialism
Reading Arundhati Roy’s collection of lectures and articles about India could make you want to weep, or to emit the ‘feral howl’ she herself is tempted to resort to. Her main aim is to reveal the sordid truth about the death, destruction and devastating injustice that underlies the so-called ‘democracy’ and ‘progress’ of which India’s ‘leaders’ and friends abroad (especially Washington) tend to boast.
Directed by Danny Boyle
You would expect a film that has won five Critics’ Choice Awards, four Golden Globes and seven Bafta Awards, and has been nominated for ten Academy Awards to be outstanding, or at least have some qualities that can inspire.
But Slumdog Millionaire, despite the hype, failed to transcend the parameters of the average expectations of a quality film.
The British empire dominated South and South East Asia, maintaining its power through the cynical manipulation of ethnic and religious division, alongside brutal repression. It could not, however, hold out against rising workers’ and nationalist movements, particularly after the second world war. As the 60th anniversary of Indian independence approaches, PETER TAAFFE comments on the issues raised by two recent books on the end of empire.