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Arundhati Roy Speech on Gandhi in Kerala University
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Capitalism: A Ghost Story - An Evening with Arundhati Roy and Siddhartha Deb
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Arundhati Roy on the Dark Side of Narendra Modi, Frontrunner to Be Next Indian PM
Arundhati Roy on the Dark Side of Narendra Modi, Frontrunner to Be Next Indian PM
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An Evening with Arundhati Roy, April 2014
An Evening with Arundhati Roy, April 2014
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Arundhati Roy explains why India is a corporate, upper caste Hindu state
Arundhati Roy explains why India is a corporate, upper caste Hindu state
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Arundhati Roy in Chicago - March 18, 2013
Arundhati Roy in Chicago - March 18, 2013
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Arundhati Roy - Come September Speech
Arundhati Roy - Come September Speech
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Noam Chomsky on "Democracy
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Arundhati Roy  on Face-to-Face with Karan Thapar (Part 1)
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Arundhati Roy on Narendra Modi and Hindu Nationalists in Chicago
Arundhati Roy on Narendra Modi and Hindu Nationalists in Chicago
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Arundhati Roy on Dr B R Ambedkar & Mahatma Gandhi - Pt 1 of 3
Arundhati Roy on Dr B R Ambedkar & Mahatma Gandhi - Pt 1 of 3
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Arundhati Roy on Palestine.
Arundhati Roy on Palestine.
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Tony Blair is a psychopath says Arundhati Roy - and Obama
Tony Blair is a psychopath says Arundhati Roy - and Obama's no better
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Arundhati Roy on Brahminism and Revolution
Arundhati Roy on Brahminism and Revolution
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Disappearing World Forum with Arundhati Roy, held at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London
Disappearing World Forum with Arundhati Roy, held at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London
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Arundhati Roy says her fight is to preserve the beauty in India
Arundhati Roy says her fight is to preserve the beauty in India
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Narendra Modi Exposing Barkha Dutt,Arundhati Roy
Narendra Modi Exposing Barkha Dutt,Arundhati Roy
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Arundhati Roy accuses Mahatma Gandhi of discrimination
Arundhati Roy accuses Mahatma Gandhi of discrimination
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Arundhati Roy on Obama
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Arundhati Roy  Speech at Samta Parva, Yavatmal
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WAR-ZONE :: 1/3 :: Arundhati Roy :: Govt At War With Naxals To Aid MNCs !
WAR-ZONE :: 1/3 :: Arundhati Roy :: Govt At War With Naxals To Aid MNCs !
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Arundhati Roy with Alice Walker and David Barsamian - Part 1
Arundhati Roy with Alice Walker and David Barsamian - Part 1
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India is a corporate, Hindu state- Arundhati Roy
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Arundhati Roy: Capitalism - A Ghost Story (4th Anuradha Ghandy Memorial Trust Lecture)
Arundhati Roy: Capitalism - A Ghost Story (4th Anuradha Ghandy Memorial Trust Lecture)
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Arundhati Roy-Asad Zaidi in conversation on Annihilation of Caste
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DAM/AGE: A Film with Arundhati Roy
DAM/AGE: A Film with Arundhati Roy
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Arundhati Roy: Foundations & NGOs Pacify Grassroots Movements
Arundhati Roy: Foundations & NGOs Pacify Grassroots Movements
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Arundhati Roy and Pankaj Mishra - Kashmir: The Case for Freedom
Arundhati Roy and Pankaj Mishra - Kashmir: The Case for Freedom
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LANNAN (1 of 2): ARUNDHATI ROY, Reading (March 24, 2010)
LANNAN (1 of 2): ARUNDHATI ROY, Reading (March 24, 2010)
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Arundhati Roy Quote: "To love, to be loved....."
Arundhati Roy Quote: "To love, to be loved....."
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Arundhati Roy on the Palestinian / Israeli Conflict
Arundhati Roy on the Palestinian / Israeli Conflict
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Democracy and Dissent in China and India - Arundhati Roy with Dibyesh Anand
Democracy and Dissent in China and India - Arundhati Roy with Dibyesh Anand
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Arundhati Roy Discussing Funding, Capitalism and NGOs
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Arundhati Roy discusses The God Of Small Things on Book Club
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DN! Arundhati Roy (2\4)  on the Human Costs of India
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Arundhati Roy exposed by Sudarshan News TV
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Arundhati Roy speaks about the rape culture in India
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Indian Author Arundhati Roy on Kashmir
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Kashmir Pundit Issue is just Drama by India. Arundhati Roy
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Arundhati Roy  7 7 1999
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The changing face of Democracy in India - Arundhati Roy
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Arundhati Roy on Nelson Mandela and the ANC
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Arundhati Roy: Maoists being forced into violence
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Arundhati Roy at the World Social Forum, Porto Alegre 2003.
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Disappearing World Forum Q&A Session with Arundhati Roy, held at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS
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Arundhati Roy
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Arundhati Roy in 2013
Born Suzanna Arundhati Roy
(1961-11-24) 24 November 1961 (age 52)
Shillong, Assam (present-day Meghalaya), India
Occupation Writer, essayist, activist
Nationality Indian
Period 1997–present
Notable works The God of Small Things
Notable awards Man Booker Prize (1997)
Sydney Peace Prize (2004)

Signature
from the BBC programme Bookclub, 2 October 2011.[1]

Suzanna Arundhati Roy[2] (born 24 November 1961) is an Indian author and political activist who is best known for the 1998 Man Booker Prize for Fiction-winning novel The God of Small Things (1997) and for her involvement in human rights and environmental causes. Roy's novel became the biggest-selling book by a nonexpatriate Indian author.[citation needed] Roy is known for her secular, anti-caste and anti-Hindutva views, and recently for her trenchant criticism of Mohandas Gandhi for favouring the varna system.

Early life and background

Arundhati Roy was born in Shillong, Meghalaya, India,[3] to Rajib Roy, a Bengali Hindu tea plantation manager from Calcutta and Mary Roy, a Malayali Syrian Christian women's rights activist from Kerala.[4] When she was two, her parents divorced and she returned with her mother and brother to Kerala.[4] For a time, the family lived with Roy's maternal grandfather in Ooty, Tamil Nadu. When she was 5, the family moved back to Kerala, where her mother started a school.[4]

Roy attended school at Corpus Christi, Kottayam, followed by the Lawrence School, Lovedale, in Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu. She then studied architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, where she met architect Gerard da Cunha. The two lived together in Delhi, and then Goa, before they broke up.[4]

Roy returned to Delhi, where she obtained a position with the National Institute of Urban Affairs.[4] In 1984 she met independent filmmaker Pradip Krishen, who offered her a role as a goatherd in his award-winning movie Massey Sahib.[5] The two later married. They collaborated on a television series on India's independence movement and on two films, Annie and Electric Moon.[4] Disenchanted with the film world, Roy worked various jobs, including running aerobics classes. Roy and Krishen eventually split up.[4] She became financially secure by the success of her novel The God of Small Things, published in 1997.

Roy is a cousin of prominent media personality Prannoy Roy, the head of the leading Indian TV media group NDTV.[6] She lives in Delhi.[4]

Career

Literary career

Early career: screenplays

Early in her career, Roy worked for television and movies. She wrote the screenplays for In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones (1989), a movie based on her experiences as a student of architecture, in which she also appeared as a performer, and Electric Moon (1992),[7] both directed by her then husband Pradip Krishen. Roy attracted attention in 1994, when she criticised Shekhar Kapur's film Bandit Queen, based on the life of Phoolan Devi.[7] In her film review entitled, "The Great Indian Rape Trick", she questioned the right to "restage the rape of a living woman without her permission," and charged Kapur with exploiting Devi and misrepresenting both her life and its meaning.[8][9][10]

The God of Small Things

Roy began writing her first novel, The God of Small Things, in 1992, completing it in 1996.[11] The book is semi-autobiographical and a major part captures her childhood experiences in Aymanam.[3]

The publication of The God of Small Things catapulted Roy to international fame. It received the 1997 Booker Prize for Fiction and was listed as one of the New York Times Notable Books of the Year for 1997.[12] It reached fourth position on the New York Times Bestsellers list for Independent Fiction.[13] From the beginning, the book was also a commercial success: Roy received half a million pounds as an advance;[10] It was published in May, and the book had been sold to eighteen countries by the end of June.[11]

The God of Small Things received stellar reviews in major American newspapers such as The New York Times (a "dazzling first novel,"[14] "extraordinary," "at once so morally strenuous and so imaginatively supple"[15]) and the Los Angeles Times ("a novel of poignancy and considerable sweep"[16]), and in Canadian publications such as the Toronto Star ("a lush, magical novel"[17]). By the end of the year, it had become one of the five best books of 1997 by TIME.[18] Critical response in the United Kingdom was less positive, and that the novel was awarded the Booker Prize caused controversy; Carmen Callil, a 1996 Booker Prize judge, called the novel "execrable," and The Guardian called the contest "profoundly depressing."[19] In India, the book was criticised especially for its unrestrained description of sexuality by E. K. Nayanar,[20] then Chief Minister of Roy's homestate Kerala, where she had to answer charges of obscenity.[21]

Later career

Since the success of her novel, Roy has written a television serial, The Banyan Tree,[22] and the documentary DAM/AGE: A Film with Arundhati Roy (2002).

In early 2007, Roy stated that she was working on a second novel.[10][23]

Arundhati Roy, Man Booker Prize winner

She contributed to We Are One: A Celebration of Tribal Peoples, a book released in 2009[24] that explores the culture of peoples around the world, portraying their diversity and the threats to their existence. The royalties from the sale of this book go to the indigenous rights organisation Survival International.[citation needed]

She has written numerous essays on contemporary politics and culture. They have been collected by Penguin India in a five volume set.[4]

Advocacy and controversy

Since writing The God of Small Things Roy has devoted herself mainly to nonfiction and political activism, publishing two more collections of essays, as well as working for social causes. She is a spokesperson of the anti-globalization/alter-globalization movement and a vehement critic of neo-imperialism and of the global policies of the United States. She is an opponent of India's nuclear weapons policies as well as of the industrialisation and rapid development currently being pursued in India, including the Sardar Sarovar Dam project and the activities of the power company Enron.[citation needed]

Support for Kashmiri separatism

In an interview with the Times of India published in August 2008, Arundhati Roy expressed her support for the independence of Kashmir from India after massive demonstrations in favour of independence took place—some 500,000 separatists rallied in Srinagar in the Kashmir part of Jammu and Kashmir state of India for independence on 18 August 2008, following the Amarnath land transfer controversy.[25] According to her, the rallies were a sign that Kashmiris desire secession from India, and not union with India.[26] She was criticised by the Indian National Congress (INC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for her remarks.[27][28]

AICC member and senior Congress party leader Satya Prakash Malaviya asked Roy to withdraw her "irresponsible" statement saying it was 'contrary to historical facts'.[28]

"She must withdraw her statement which is contrary to historical facts and could mislead the nation as well as the international community,"[28]

"It would do better to brush up her knowledge of history and know that the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir had acceded to the Union of India after its erstwhile ruler Maharaja Hari Singh duly signed the Instrument of Accession on October 26, 1947. And the state, consequently has become as much an integral part of India as all the other erstwhile princely states have."[28]

Sardar Sarovar Project

Roy has campaigned along with activist Medha Patkar against the Narmada dam project, saying that the dam will displace half a million people, with little or no compensation, and will not provide the projected irrigation, drinking water and other benefits.[29] Roy donated her Booker prize money as well as royalties from her books on the project to the Narmada Bachao Andolan. Roy also appears in Franny Armstrong's Drowned Out, a 2002 documentary about the project.[30] Roy's opposition to the Narmada Dam project was criticised as "maligning Gujarat" by Congress and BJP leaders in Gujarat.[31]

In 2002, Roy responded to a contempt notice issued against her by the Indian Supreme Court with an affidavit saying the court's decision to initiate the contempt proceedings based on an unsubstantiated and flawed petition, while refusing to inquire into allegations of corruption in military contracting deals pleading an overload of cases, indicated a "disquieting inclination" by the court to silence criticism and dissent using the power of contempt.[32] The court found Roy's statement, which she refused to disavow or apologise for, constituted criminal contempt and sentenced her to a "symbolic" one day's imprisonment and fined Roy Rs. 2500.[33] Roy served the jail sentence for a single day and opted to pay the fine rather than serve an additional three months' imprisonment for default.[34]

Environmental historian Ramachandra Guha has been critical of Roy's Narmada dam activism. While acknowledging her "courage and commitment" to the cause, Guha writes that her advocacy is hyperbolic and self-indulgent,[35] "Ms. Roy's tendency to exaggerate and simplify, her Manichean view of the world, and her shrill hectoring tone, have given a bad name to environmental analysis".[36] He faults Roy's criticism of Supreme Court judges who were hearing a petition brought by the Narmada Bachao Andolan as careless and irresponsible.

Roy counters that her writing is intentional in its passionate, hysterical tone: "I am hysterical. I'm screaming from the bloody rooftops. And he and his smug little club are going 'Shhhh... you'll wake the neighbours!' I want to wake the neighbours, that's my whole point. I want everybody to open their eyes".[37]

Gail Omvedt and Roy have had fierce discussions, in open letters, on Roy's strategy for the Narmada Dam movement. Though the activists disagree on whether to demand stopping the dam building altogether (Roy) or searching for intermediate alternatives (Omvedt), the exchange has mostly been, though critical, constructive.[38]

United States foreign policy, the War in Afghanistan

In a 2001 opinion piece in the British newspaper The Guardian, Arundhati Roy responded to the US military invasion of Afghanistan, finding fault with the argument that this war would be a retaliation for the September 11 attacks: "The bombing of Afghanistan is not revenge for New York and Washington. It is yet another act of terror against the people of the world." According to her, US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair were guilty of a Big Brother kind of doublethink: "When he announced the air strikes, President George Bush said: 'We're a peaceful nation.' America's favourite ambassador, Tony Blair, (who also holds the portfolio of prime minister of the UK), echoed him: 'We're a peaceful people.' So now we know. Pigs are horses. Girls are boys. War is peace."

She disputes US claims of being a peaceful and freedom-loving nation, listing China and nineteen 3rd World "countries that America has been at war with—and bombed—since the second world war", as well as previous US support for the Taliban movement and support for the Northern Alliance (whose "track record is not very different from the Taliban's"). She does not spare the Taliban: "Now, as adults and rulers, the Taliban beat, stone, rape and brutalise women, they don't seem to know what else to do with them."

In the final analysis, Roy sees American-style capitalism as the culprit: "In America, the arms industry, the oil industry, the major media networks, and, indeed, US foreign policy, are all controlled by the same business combines." She puts the attacks on the World Trade Center and on Afghanistan on the same moral level, that of terrorism, and mourns the impossibility of imagining beauty after 2001: "Will it be possible ever again to watch the slow, amazed blink of a newborn gecko in the sun, or whisper back to the marmot who has just whispered in your ear—without thinking of the World Trade Centre and Afghanistan?"[39]

In May 2003 she delivered a speech entitled "Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy (Buy One, Get One Free)" at the Riverside Church in New York City. In it she described the United States as a global empire that reserves the right to bomb any of its subjects at any time, deriving its legitimacy directly from God. The speech was an indictment of the US actions relating to the Iraq War.[40][41] In June 2005 she took part in the World Tribunal on Iraq. In March 2006, Roy criticised US President George W. Bush's visit to India, calling him a "war criminal".[42]

India's nuclear weaponisation

In response to India's testing of nuclear weapons in Pokhran, Rajasthan, Roy wrote The End of Imagination (1998), a critique of the Indian government's nuclear policies. It was published in her collection The Cost of Living (1999), in which she also crusaded against India's massive hydroelectric dam projects in the central and western states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.

Criticism of Israel

In August 2006, Roy, along with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, and others, signed a letter in The Guardian called the 2006 Lebanon War a "war crime" and accused Israel of "state terror."[43] In 2007, Roy was one of more than 100 artists and writers who signed an open letter initiated by Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism and the South West Asian, North African Bay Area Queers and calling on the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival "to honor calls for an international boycott of Israeli political and cultural institutions, by discontinuing Israeli consulate sponsorship of the LGBT film festival and not cosponsoring events with the Israeli consulate."[44]

2001 Indian Parliament attack

Roy has raised questions about the investigation into the 2001 Indian Parliament attack and the trial of the accused. She had called for the death sentence of Mohammad Afzal to be stayed while a parliamentary enquiry into these questions are conducted and denounced press coverage of the trial.[45] The BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar criticised Roy for calling convicted terrorist Mohammad Afzal a 'prisoner-of-war' and called Arundhati a 'prisoner of her own dogma'.[46]

He further said,

"No country has ever witnessed such kind of defense of a terrorist. They have gone beyond an academic discussion on capital punishment."[46]

Afzal was hanged in 2013.[47]

The Muthanga incident

In 2003, the Adivasi Gothra Maha Sabha, a social movement for adivasi land rights in Kerala, organised a major land occupation of a piece of land of a former Eucalyptus plantation in the Muthanga Wildlife Reserve, on the border of Kerala and Karnataka. After 48 days, a police force was sent into the area to evict the occupants—one participant of the movement and a policeman were killed, and the leaders of the movement were arrested. Arundhati Roy travelled to the area, visited the movement's leaders in jail, and wrote an open letter to the then Chief Minister of Kerala, A.K. Antony now India's Defence Minister, saying "You have blood on your hands."[48]

Comments on 2008 Mumbai attacks

In an opinion piece for The Guardian (13 December 2008), Roy argued that the November 2008 Mumbai attacks cannot be seen in isolation, but must be understood in the context of wider issues in the region's history and society such as widespread poverty, the Partition of India (which Roy calls "Britain's final, parting kick to us"), the atrocities committed during the 2002 Gujarat violence, and the ongoing conflict in Kashmir. Despite this call for context, Roy states clearly in the article that she believes "nothing can justify terrorism" and calls terrorism "a heartless ideology." Roy warns against war with Pakistan, arguing that it is hard to "pin down the provenance of a terrorist strike and isolate it within the borders of a single nation state", and that war could lead to the "descent of the whole region into chaos".[49] Her remarks were strongly criticised by Salman Rushdie and others, who condemned her for linking the Mumbai attacks with Kashmir and economic injustice against Muslims in India;[50] Rushdie specifically criticised Roy for attacking the iconic status of the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower.[51] Indian writer Tavleen Singh called Roy's comments "the latest of her series of hysterical diatribes against India and all things Indian."[52]

Criticism of Sri Lankan government

In an opinion piece, once again in The Guardian (1 April 2009), Roy made a plea for international attention to what she called a possible government-sponsored genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka. She cited reports of camps into which Tamils were being herded as part of what she described as "a brazen, openly racist war."[53] She also mentioned that the "Government of Sri Lanka is on the verge of committing what could end up being genocide"[53] and described the Sri Lankan IDP camps where Tamil civilians are being held as concentration camps.[54] Ruvani Freeman, a Sri Lankan writer called Roy's remarks "ill-informed and hypocritical" and criticised her for "whitewashing the atrocities of the LTTE."[55] Roy has said of such accusations: "I cannot admire those whose vision can only accommodate justice for their own and not for everybody. However I do believe that the LTTE and its fetish for violence was cultured in the crucible of monstrous, racist, injustice that the Sri Lankan government and to a great extent Sinhala society visited on the Tamil people for decades."[56]

Views on the Naxalites

Roy has criticised the Indian government's armed actions against the Naxalite-Maoist insurgents in India, calling it "war on the poorest people in the country". According to her, the Government has "abdicated its responsibility to the people"[57] and launched the offensive against Naxals to aid the corporations with whom it has signed Memoranda of Understanding.[58] While she has received support from various quarters for her views,[59] Roy's description of the Maoists as "Gandhians" raised a controversy.[60][61] In other statements, she has described Naxalites as "patriot of a kind"[62] who are "fighting to implement the Constitution, (while) the government is vandalising it".[57]

Sedition charges

In November 2010, Roy (along with Syed Ali Shah Geelani and five others) was brought up on charges of sedition by the Delhi Police. The filing of the FIR came following a directive from a local court on a petition filed by Sushil Pandit who alleged that Geelani and Roy made anti-India speeches at a conference on "Azadi-the Only Way" on 21 October 2010. In the words of Arundhati Roy "Kashmir has never been an integral part of India. It is a historical fact. Even the Indian government has accepted this".[63][64][65][66] A Delhi city court directed the police to respond to the demand for a criminal case after the central government declined to charge Roy, saying that the charges were inappropriate.[67][68]

Criticism of Anna Hazare

On 21 August 2011, at the height of Anna Hazare's anti-corruption campaign, Arundhati Roy severely criticised Hazare and his movement in an opinion-piece published in The Hindu.[69] In the course of the article, she questions Hazare's secular credentials, points out the campaign's corporate backing, its suspicious timing, Hazare's silence on private-sector corruption and on other critical issues of the day, expressing her fear that the Lokpal will only end up creating "two oligarchies, instead of just one." She states that while "his means maybe Gandhian, his demands are certainly not", and alleges that by "demonising only the Government they" are preparing to call for "more privatisation, more access to public infrastructure and India's natural resources", satirically adding that it "may not be long before Corporate Corruption is made legal and renamed a Lobbying Fee." Roy also accuses the electronic media of blowing the campaign out of proportion. In an interview with Kindle Magazine, Roy pointed out the role of media hype and target audience in determining how well hunger strikes “work as a tool of political mobilization” by noting the disparity in the attention Hazare’s fast has received in contrast to the decade long fast of Irom Sharmila “to demand the repealing of a law that allows non-commissioned officers to kill on suspicion—a law that has led to so much suffering.”[70] Roy's comparison of the Jan Lokpal Bill with the Maoists: claiming both sought "the overthrow of the Indian State" met with resentment from members of Team Anna. Medha Patkar reacted sharply calling Roy's comments "highly misplaced" and chose to emphasise the "peaceful, non-violent" nature of the movement.[71] Roy has also stated that “an ‘Anti-corruption’ campaign is a catch-all campaign. It includes everybody from the extreme left to the extreme right and also the extremely corrupt. No one’s going to say they are for corruption after all…. I’m not against a strong anti-corruption bill, but corruption is just a manifestation of a problem, not the problem itself.”[70]

Views on Narendra Modi

Roy has recently described Narendra Modi's nomination for the prime ministerial candidate as a "tragedy". She further said that the business houses are also supporting his candidature because he is the "most militaristic and aggressive" candidate.[72]

Awards

Arundhati Roy was awarded the 1997 Booker Prize for her novel The God of Small Things. The award carried a prize of about US$30,000[73] and a citation that noted, "The book keeps all the promises that it makes."[74] Prior to this, she won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay in 1989, for the screenplay of In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones, in which she captured the anguish among the students prevailing in professional institutions.[75][76]

In 2002, she won the Lannan Foundation's Cultural Freedom Award for her work "about civil societies that are adversely affected by the world's most powerful governments and corporations," in order "to celebrate her life and her ongoing work in the struggle for freedom, justice and cultural diversity."[77]

In 2003, she was awarded 'special recognition' as a Woman of Peace at the Global Exchange Human Rights Awards in San Francisco with Bianca Jagger, Barbara Lee and Kathy Kelly.

Roy was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize in May 2004 for her work in social campaigns and her advocacy of non-violence.[78][79]

In January 2006, she was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, a national award from India's Academy of Letters, for her collection of essays on contemporary issues, The Algebra of Infinite Justice, but she declined to accept it "in protest against the Indian Government toeing the US line by 'violently and ruthlessly pursuing policies of brutalisation of industrial workers, increasing militarisation and economic neo-liberalisation.'"[80][81]

In November 2011, she was awarded the Norman Mailer Prize for Distinguished Writing.

Roy was featured in the 2014 list of Time 100 - the 100 most influential people in the world.[82]

Works

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Arundhati Roy". Encyclopaedia Brittanica. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Arundhati Roy, 1959–". The South Asian Literary Recordings Project. Library of Congress, New Delhi Office. 15 November 2002. Archived from the original on 4 April 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Siddhartha Deb, "Arundhati Roy, the Not-So-Reluctant Renegade", New York Times, 5 March 2014. Accessed 5 March 2014.
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Further reading

Books and articles on Roy

  • Balvannanadhan, Aïda (2007). Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things. New Delhi: Prestige Books. ISBN 81-7551-193-1. 
  • Bhatt, Indira; Indira Nityanandam (1999). Explorations: Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. New Delhi: Creative Books. ISBN 81-86318-56-9. 
  • "The Politics of Design", in Ch'ien, Evelyn Nien-Ming (2005). Weird English. Harvard University Press. pp. 154–199. ISBN 978-0-674-01819-8. 
  • Dhawan, R.K. (1999). Arundhati Roy: The Novelist Extraordinary. New Delhi: Prestige Books. ISBN 81-7551-060-9. 
  • Dodiya, Jaydipsinh; Joya Chakravarty (1999). The Critical Studies of Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things. New Delhi: Atlantic. ISBN 81-7156-850-5. 
  • Durix, Carole; Jean-Pierre Durix (2002). Reading Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things. Dijon: Editions universitaires de Dijon. ISBN 2-905965-80-0. 
  • Ghosh, Ranjan; Antonia Navarro-Tejero (2009). Globalizing Dissent: Essays on Arundhati Roy. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-99559-7. 
  • Mullaney, Julie (2002). Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things: A Reader's Guide. New York: Continuum. ISBN 0-8264-5327-9. 
  • Navarro-Tejero, Antonia (2005). Gender and Caste in the Anglophone-Indian Novels of Arundhati Roy and Githa Hariharan: Feminist Issues in Cross-cultural Perspective. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen. ISBN 0-7734-5995-2. 
  • Pathak, R. S. (2001). The Fictional World of Arundhati Roy. New Delhi: Creative Books. ISBN 81-86318-84-4. 
  • Prasad, Murari (2006). Arundhati Roy: Critical Perspectives. Delhi: Pencraft International. ISBN 81-85753-76-8. 
  • Roy, Amitabh (2005). The God of Small Things: A Novel of Social Commitment. Atlantic. pp. 37–38. ISBN 978-81-269-0409-9. 
  • Sharma, A. P. (2000). The Mind and the Art of Arundhati Roy: A Critical Appraisal of Her Novel, The God of Small Things. New Delhi: Minerva. ISBN 81-7662-120-X. 
  • Shashi, R. S.; Bala Talwar (1998). Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things: Critique and Commentary. New Delhi: Creative Books. ISBN 81-86318-54-2. 
  • Tickell, Alex (2007). Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-35842-2. 

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