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Why he’s not Arundhati

india Updated: Aug 25, 2011 02:30 IST
Arundhati Roy
Arundhati Roy
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I’d rather not be Anna Hazare.

Er, but you do know that you aren’t, right?

I mean I don’t subscribe to his views and tactics. And all his supporters are dangerously nationalistic.

You mean the flag waving? But isn’t that the case with cricket fans too?

Yes. That’s why I’m worried about right-wing Indian nationalism in his movement.

I was talking about English supporters as they won the Test Series.

Anna’s supporters are all middle-class and don’t represent the vast majority of Indians!

You mean Outlook, Guardian, Hindu readers?

Hrrmph. Also Anna doesn’t care about real issues like farmer suicides, Kashmir, nuclear bombs, me...

Basically everything that Anna hasn’t talked about?

Yes. Pretty much. By the way, is it true that people are demanding that I address them at the Ramlila Maidan?

Do say: If Arundhati’s never written about dowry deaths, child molestation, and spurious medicine does it make her a suspect ‘good person’?

Don’t say: In Which Anna Gives It Those Ones.