Field Notes on Democracy - And His Life Should Become Extinct Summary & Analysis

Arundhati Roy
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The subtitle for Chapter Three is “The Very Strange Story of the Attack on the Indian Parliament” (68). The chapter focuses on the aftermath of the incident on December 13, 2001, when five armed men with an explosive device drove through the gates of New Delhi’s Parliament House and opened fire. The police immediately drew links to the Pakistan-based terrorist groups, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohamed. The chapter revolves around the legal actions taken against one Muslim suspect, Mohammad Afzal. Roy describes the particularly heated debate around capital punishment, and notes that in Kashmir Afzal became both a hero and martyr.

Roy recalls a number of the lies that were spread against S.A.R. Geelani, another of the accused. Although Geelani was acquitted, no media outlets have apologized to him. She uses this as an example of the fact that while judicial...

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