Capitalism A Ghost Story Analysis

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Capitalism: A Ghost Story is a controversial book by Arundhati Roy that aims to expose the downside that capitalism has brought to the Indian society. Ms. Roy accuses private corporations of robbing the poor in their quest for wealth, and how the government turned a blind eye when this is going on, as well as their harsh stance on detractors and terrorists. The book is asking whether it is ethical for the government, in order to boost their countries economy, let these private corporations exploit the poor people and their resources. It gives readers an account on some of the activities the Indian government engaged in that are not reported in the mainstream media, particularly on violence by government-funded groups and media censorship, and how capitalism is ultimately poisoning the society and the people in it.

The book provides readers with plenty of information regarding capitalism, especially on the negative effect it has on those on or below the working class. It is interesting to learn concepts such as NGOs (non-governmental organization), MOUs (Memorandum of Understanding) and some of the excuses the government used to justify capitalism. The government is shown to be making decisions that will satisfy their agenda, rather than making decisions that will benefit each and every one of the people. If one compares India’s capitalism with other capitalist societies such as China and the United States, they will soon realize that what all these countries have is
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