Author: Parwinder Kaur
Author Affiliation: Department of English, Punjabi University, Patiala
Abstract: In the wake of neo-liberalism, the past few decades have witnessed the varied forms of socio-political and economic disparities. On one hand, big business and corporate banners are flourishing day after day. On the other hand, the poor marginalised people are gradually sinking into poverty. Arundhati Roy, an Indian author and political
activist, offers a critique of neo-liberalism and its varied forms of globalisation and privatisation through her essays. Roy‟s four essays titled “The Greater Common Good” (1999), “Power Politics: The Reincarnation of Rumpelstiltskin” (2002), “Public Power in the Age of Empire” (2004) and “Capitalism: A ghost Story” (2014) have been selected for the purpose of study in the present research paper. This paper discusses how neo-liberal economic order gives birth to inequality; and the process of “othering” on the basis of class, caste, gender and ethnicity.
Keywords: Globalisation, Inequality, Neo-liberalism, Otherness