‘What happens once democracy has been used up? When it has been hollowed out and emptied of meaning?’
Combining brilliant insight and razor-sharp prose, Listening to Grasshoppers is Arundhati Roy’s essential exploration of the political picture in India today. In these essays she takes a hard look at the underbelly of the world’s largest democracy and shows how the journey that Hindu nationalism and neo-liberal economic reforms began together in the early 1990s is unravelling in dangerous ways.
Beginning with the state-backed killing of Muslims in Gujarat in 2002, and ending with an analysis of the November 2008 attacks on Mumbai, Listening to Grasshoppers tracks the fault-lines that threaten to destroy India’s precarious future and, along the way, asks fundamental questions about democracy itself – a political system that has, by virtue of being considered ‘the best available option’, been put beyond doubt and correction.