by Arundhati Roy
Now in paperback, with a new introduction by the author discussing the election of India's new prime minister Narendra Modi.
This series of essays examines the dark side of democracy in contemporary India. It looks closely at how religious majoritarianism, cultural nationalism, and neo-fascism simmer just under the surface of a country that projects itself as the world's largest democracy.
Arundhati Roy describes the systematic marginalization of religious and ethnic minorities, the rise of terrorism, and the massive scale of displacement and dispossession of the poor by predatory corporations.
Field Notes on Democracy tracks the fault-lines that threaten to destroy India's precarious democracy and send shockwaves through the region and beyond.
Arundhati Roy is the author of the novel The God of Small Things, for which she received the 1997 Booker Prize. She has also written several non-fiction books, including Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers, Capitalism: A Ghost Story and Walking with the Comrades. Roy is the recipient of the 2002 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Prize.