War Talk by Arundhati Roy

War Talk by Arundhati Roy - Mohamed Rajani RDG 101-EC...

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Mohamed Rajani RDG 101-EC Outside Reading Assignment III War Talk by Arundhati Roy and Letter from Birmingham Jail by Dr. Martin Luther King As citizens of the world, we all believe to hold some fundamental rights that transcend all cultures and national boundaries. As citizens of the world, we all expect to be treated with dignity and respect. As citizens of the world, we all expect to be treated with equality and justice. But how often have we seen the fundamental rights of human beings being trampled? How often have we heard of people being unjustly discriminated? How often have we seen the very powers that claim to promote freedom crush the freedom of others? War Talk is a compilation of various magazine articles and lectures by the Booker Prize- winning author Arundhati Roy that highlights the escalation of global militarism amidst religious and racial violence. Against the backdrop of nuclear war talk between India and Pakistan, the atrocious annihilation of Muslims in Gujarat, India, and U.S. demand of an invasion in Iraq, Roy looks at the underlying aspects of nationality and religious affiliation. The author describes the verbal –and military– confrontations between nuclear-powered countries, India and Pakistan, fighting for the shared region of Kashmir, and how it has diverted attention from extremely important issues such as education, healthcare and poverty eradication (Roy, “War Talk,” 5). This is a startling reality that is spreading across the globe. Interregional conflicts and the global war on terror have overshadowed the importance of domestic issues instead laying great emphasis on foreign policy matters. While it can be understood that the safety of the citizens is of great importance, what use will their safety be if they are economically crippled? What use will their safety be if they do not have access to adequate public utilities? It is beyond doubt that global terrorism is on the rise. But it is important that domestic issues are not neglected through the canvassing of the global war on terror. 1
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Mohamed Rajani RDG 101-EC Outside Reading Assignment III The author further sheds light on the escalating war on terror fronted by the United States. At the time, the U.S. was courting for support on the Iraq invasion. The book portrays the author as strong critic of U.S. foreign policy and questions the approach used by the U.S to label anti-war supporters as “anti-Americans” (Roy, “Come September,” 48). In analyzing the book in comparison with Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Letter from
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