Arundhati Roy, famous as the Booker Prize-winning author of the God of Small Things, with her powerful books and essays, has given India the true picture of what we call dissent. Roy’s recent fiction book “The ministry of utmost happiness” has brought the everlasting critiques of socialization culture within our society with other genders and castes of civil society.
Roy’s essay “The end of imagination” is the most critically analysed, scanned, and scrutinized tale of the event held in May 1998 at Pokhran. Roy’s essay is the detailed narrative of the test of a nuclear weapon conducted at Pokhran. She fetches the basic fundamental needs and wants of the people in her essay, which the government has ignored in light of gaining political action and power to call itself the power and developing country. Where the government has blatantly ignored the education, nutrition, shelter, poverty of 400 million people, Roy’s essay has come up with some of the vital and crucial questions with the government in her essay.
Roy’s essay completely unmasks the government needs of power may it be any country in the world. There are no countries in the world, where people wanted war and massacre of their life. They only want peace and harmony with a subject to the development and progress of the nation, but not at the cost of innocent deaths and massacring of innocent women and children’s lives. she in her essay writes
Roy is arguing with very far-sighted consequences, the nations of the world will suffer when weapon creations will be justified to save the boundaries and territories of the nation, and then there will be a market which will sell ammunition, powerful chemical weapons to justify the policy of international relations and foreign policy amongst the countries. The irony will be the ignorance of the interest of the common citizens. And then our planet will bristle with beautiful missiles. There will be a new world order. The dictatorship and their hypocritical policies to establish the fact, saving the nation with war but only for peace.
Roy gives the credit for the creation of this horrific fear and traumatized policy of waging war to build its economy to the United States of America. She quotes in her essay
When the test was successful the news channels and the newspapers said it loud and clear the phenomenal job was done in the history of India to add one more strongest pillar to safeguarding its defence system was the nuclear bomb. Even some went repeatedly calling this as ” They are nationalism tests, not just nuclear “. Roy quotes this situation in her essay as
Terming Politics and taking the political gain.
Roy opens up in her essay saying the major steps taken in the functioning of government in India was the need for politics and its later form the political gain. She in her essay critically put forward the immediate need of the political class which triggered two major political steps of devastation in the country. The nuclear bomb and the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. She explains the whole theory of the use of power and politics. Is this why it becomes an important essay to be read?
(Views expressed are strictly personal of the author)