Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New Hope for Mankind?

In a new essay in the Outlook weekly, Arundhati Roy, the great writer and thinker, criticises the excesses of both capitalism and communism, and offers a new alternative that may arouse new hope for mankind.

The first step towards reimagining a world gone terribly wrong would be to stop the annihilation of those who have a different imagination—an imagination that is outside of capitalism as well as communism. An imagination which has an altogether different understanding of what constitutes happiness and fulfilment. To gain this philosophical space, it is necessary to concede some physical space for the survival of those who may look like the keepers of our past, but who may really be the guides to our future. To do this, we have to ask our rulers: Can you leave the water in the rivers? The trees in the forest? Can you leave the bauxite in the mountain?

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