With fascism on the march formerly more, this is an critical dispatch from one of the great pens and intellectualists of our time Azadi!'- Urdu for' freedom'- is the iconic chant of the Kashmiri freedom struggle. And now, while Kashmir's thoroughfares have been silenced, the irony is that this same hymn echoes round the thoroughfares of the country that most Kashmiris view as their coloniser. What lies between the silence of one road and the sound of the other? Is it a ocean, or could it come a ground? In this series of piercing essays on politics and literature, Arundhati Roy examines this question, challenging us to reflect on the meaning of freedom in a world of growing despotism. Azadi, she warns, hangs in the balance for us all.