Field Notes on Democracy - “Breaking the News” and “Custodial Confessions, the Media, and the Law” Summary & Analysis

Arundhati Roy
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“Breaking the News” continues with the story of the December 13 Parliamentary attacks and the accusations against Mohammed Afzal. More people are beginning to raise questions not only about the trial but about what really happened on December 13, 2001. Roy adds her own 13 questions to the list, such as “Is it true that military mobilization to the Pakistan border had begun long before the December 13 attack?” (104).

She writes that the media with the help of the STF in Kashmir can make anyone seemingly confess to anything. Roy calls for a meaningful inquiry into what happened on December 13, one that is more than a “political witch hunt” (111) and which takes into account the role played by intelligence and security agencies. She continues to hope that the government will do this, noting that “hope has little to do...

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