Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy (born November 24, 1961) is an Indian novelist, activist and a world citizen. She won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her first novel The God of Small Things.

Roy was born in Shillong, Meghalaya to a Keralite Syrian Christian mother and a Bengali Hindu father, a tea planter by profession. She spent her childhood in Aymanam, in Kerala, schooling in Corpus Christi. She left Kerala for Delhi at age 16, and embarked on a homeless lifestyle, staying in a small hut with a tin roof within the walls of Delhi\'s Feroz Shah Kotla and making a living selling empty bottles. She then proceeded to study architecture at the Delhi School of Architecture, where she met her first husband, the architect Gerard Da Cunha.

The God of Small Things is the only novel written by Roy. Since winning the Booker Prize, she has concentrated her writing on political issues. These include the Narmada Dam project, India\'s Nuclear Weapons, corrupt power company Enron\'s activities in India. She is a figure-head of the anti-globalization/alter-globalization movement and a vehement critic of neo-imperialism.

In response to India\'s testing of nuclear weapons in Pokhran, Rajasthan, Roy wrote The End of Imagination, a critique of the Indian government\'s nuclear policies. It was published in her collection The Cost of Living, in which she also crusaded against India\'s massive hydroelectric dam projects in the central and western states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. She has since devoted herself solely to nonfiction and politics, publishing two more collections of essays as well as working for social causes.

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

In June 2005 she took part in the World Tribunal on Iraq. In January 2006 she was awarded the Sahitya Akademi award for her collection of essays, \'The Algebra of Infinite Justice\', but declined to accept it.


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Field Notes on Democracy

Iraq War 10th

Capitalism – A Ghost Story (4th Anuradha Ghandy Memorial Trust Lecture)

PalFest Message

Kashmir Talk 2/2

Kashmir Talk 1/2

Fault Lines Interview

Becoming Internal Security Threats

ZNet Articles

Arundhati Roy Terms Maoist Attacks Like Chhattisgarh As Counter-Violence

‘Corporate Money Has No Nationality. They Just Run India’

A New Intifada in Kashmir? Arundhati Roy & Sanjay Kak on the World’s Most Densely Militarized Area

A Perfect Day For Democracy

We Call This Progress

‘Those Who’ve Tried To Change The System Via Elections Have Ended Up Being Changed By It’

‘Terrorism Isn’t The Disease; Egregious Injustice Is’

I’d Rather Not Be Anna

Z Commentary

They can file a charge posthumously against Jawaharlal Nehru too

Kashmir’s Fruits of Discord

Statement on Media and Mobs

I Pity The Nation That Needs To Jail Those Who Ask For Justice


Listening to Grasshoppers

Come September (Ak Press Audio)

Power Politics

Public Power In The Age Of Empire (Open Media Pamphlet Series)

The Algebra of Infinite Justice

The Cost of Living

The God of Small Things

War Talk


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Kashmir Interview

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