Arundhati Roy (born 24 November 1961) is an Indian author
best known for her novel
The God of Small Things
The God of Small Things (1997), which won the
Man Booker Prize
Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997 and became the biggest-selling
book by a non-expatriate Indian author. She is also a political
activist involved in human rights and environmental causes.
1 Early life
2 Personal life
3.1 Early career: screenplays
3.2 The God of Small Things
3.3 Later career
4.1 Support for Kashmiri separatism
4.2 Sardar Sarovar Project
4.3 US foreign policy, war in Afghanistan
4.4 India's nuclear weaponry
4.5 Criticism of Israel
4.6 2001 Indian parliament attack
4.7 The Muthanga incident
4.8 Comments on 2008 Mumbai attacks
4.9 Criticism of Sri Lankan government
4.10 Views on the Naxalites
4.11 Sedition charges
4.12 Criticism of Anna Hazare
4.13 Views on Narendra Modi
7 See also
9 Further reading
9.1 Books and articles on Roy
10 External links
Arundhati Roy was born in Shillong, Meghalaya, India, to Mary Roy,
Syrian Christian women's rights activist from
Rajib Roy, a Bengali
Hindu tea plantation manager from Calcutta.
When she was two, her parents divorced and she returned to
her mother and brother. For a time, the family lived with Roy's
maternal grandfather in Ooty, Tamil Nadu. When she was five, the
family moved back to Kerala, where her mother started a school.
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 separated.
Roy returned to Delhi, where she obtained a position with the National
Institute of Urban Affairs. In 1984, she met independent filmmaker
Pradip Krishen, who offered her a role as a goatherd in his
award-winning movie, Massey Sahib. Later, the two married. They
collaborated on a television series on India's independence movement
and on two films, Annie and Electric Moon. Disenchanted with the
film world, Roy did various jobs, including running aerobics classes.
Roy and Krishen eventually separated.
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 television media group NDTV. She lives in
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). Both were
directed by her husband, Pradip Krishen, during their marriage. Roy
National Film Award for Best Screenplay in 1988 for In Which
Annie Gives It Those Ones. She attracted attention in 1994, when
she criticised Shekhar Kapur's film, Bandit Queen, which was based on
the life of Phoolan Devi. 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
The God of Small Things
Roy began writing her first novel, The God of Small Things, in 1992,
completing it in 1996. The book is semi-autobiographical and a
major part captures her childhood experiences in Aymanam.
The publication of
The God of Small Things
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
New York Times Notable Books of the Year for
1997. It reached fourth position on the
New York Times
New York Times Bestsellers
list for Independent Fiction. From the beginning, the book was
also a commercial success: Roy received half a million pounds as an
advance. It was published in May, and the book had been sold in
eighteen countries by the end of June.
The God of Small Things
The God of Small Things received stellar reviews in major American
newspapers such as The
New York Times
New York Times (a "dazzling first novel,"
"extraordinary", "at once so morally strenuous and so imaginatively
supple") and the
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times ("a novel of poignancy and
considerable sweep"), and in Canadian publications such as the
Toronto Star ("a lush, magical novel"). By the end of the year, it
had become one of the five best books of 1997 by Time. Critical
response in the United Kingdom was less positive, and the awarding of
Booker Prize caused controversy; Carmen Callil, a 1996 Booker
Prize judge, called the novel "execrable", and
The Guardian called the
context "profoundly depressing". In India, the book was criticised
especially for its unrestrained description of sexuality by E. K.
Nayanar, then Chief Minister of Roy's home state Kerala, where she
had to answer charges of obscenity.
Since the success of her novel, Roy has written a television serial,
The Banyan Tree, and the documentary, DAM/AGE: A Film with
Arundhati Roy (2002).
In early 2007, Roy stated that she was working on a second
Man Booker Prize
Man Booker Prize winner
She contributed to We Are One: A Celebration of Tribal Peoples, a book
released in 2009, 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.
She has written numerous essays on contemporary politics and culture.
They have been collected by Penguin India in a five-volume set.
In October 2016, Penguin India and
Hamish Hamilton UK announced that
they would publish her second novel, entitled The Ministry of Utmost
Happiness, in June 2017. The novel was chosen for the Man Booker
Prize 2017 Long List.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness was
nominated as a finalist for the
National Book Critics Circle Award for
fiction in January 2018.
The God of Small Things
The God of Small Things in 1997, Roy has spent most
of her time on political activism and nonfiction (such as collections
of essays about social causes). She is a spokesperson of the
anti-globalization/alter-globalization movement and a vehement critic
of neo-imperialism and U.S. foreign policy. She opposes India's
policies toward nuclear weapons as well as industrialization and
economic growth (which she describes as "encrypted with genocidal
potential" in Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on
Support for Kashmiri separatism
In an August 2008 interview with the Times of India, Arundhati Roy
expressed her support for the independence of
Kashmir from India after
the massive demonstrations in 2008 in favour of independence took
place—some 500,000 separatists rallied in Srinagar in the Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir state of India for independence on 18 August
2008, following the Amarnath land transfer controversy. According
to her, the rallies were a sign that Kashmiris desire secession from
India, and not union with India. She was criticised by the Indian
National Congress (INC) and
Bharatiya Janata Party
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for her
All India Congress Committee
All India Congress Committee member and senior Congress party leader,
Satya Prakash Malaviya, asked Roy to withdraw her "irresponsible"
statement saying it was "contrary to historical facts".
"It would do better to brush up her knowledge of history and know that
the princely state of
Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir had acceded to the Union of
India after its erstwhile ruler
Maharaja Hari Singh
Maharaja Hari Singh duly signed the
Instrument of Accession
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."
She was charged with sedition along with separatist Hurriyat leader
Syed Ali Shah Geelani and others by
Delhi Police for their
"anti-India" speech at a convention on Kashmir : “Azadi: The
Only Way" in 2010.
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. 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.
Roy's opposition to the Narmada Dam project was criticised as
"maligning Gujarat" by Congress and BJP leaders in Gujarat.
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. 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. Roy served the jail
sentence for a single day and opted to pay the fine rather than serve
an additional three months for default.
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, "Ms. Roy's tendency to exaggerate and simplify,
Manichaean view of the world, and her shrill hectoring tone, have
given a bad name to environmental analysis". He faulted 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".
Gail Omvedt and Roy have had fierce yet constructive discussions, in
open letters, on Roy's strategy for the Narmada Dam movement. The
activists disagree on whether to demand stopping the dam building
altogether (Roy) or searching for intermediate alternatives
US foreign policy, war in Afghanistan
Arundhati Roy delivering a talk "Can We Leave the
Bauxite in the
Mountain? Field Notes on Democracy" at the
Harvard Kennedy School
Harvard Kennedy School on
April 1, 2010 
In a 2001 opinion piece in the British newspaper The Guardian,
entitled "The algebra of infinite justice",
Arundhati Roy responded to
the U.S. 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, U.S. president
George W. Bush
George W. Bush and UK prime
Tony Blair were guilty of a Big Brother type 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 U.S. claims of being a peaceful and freedom-loving
nation, listing China and nineteen
Third World "countries that America
has been at war with—and bombed—since
World War II
World War II ", as well as
previous U.S. 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
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, U.S. 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?"
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 which 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
U.S. actions relating to the Iraq War. In June 2005 she took
part in the World Tribunal on Iraq, and in March 2006, Roy criticised
U.S. President George W. Bush's visit to India, calling him a "war
India's nuclear weaponry
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
2006 Lebanon War a "war
crime" and accused
Israel of "state terror". 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 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".
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 is conducted and denounced press coverage
of the trial. 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". Afzal was
hanged in 2013.
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, saying "You
have blood on your hands."
Comments on 2008 Mumbai attacks
In an opinion piece for
The Guardian (13 December 2008), Roy argued
November 2008 Mumbai attacks
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
("Britain's final, parting kick to us"), the atrocities committed
during the 2002
Gujarat violence, and the ongoing
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". 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; Rushdie specifically
criticised Roy for attacking the iconic status of the Taj Mahal Palace
& Tower. Indian writer
Tavleen Singh called Roy's comments
"the latest of her series of hysterical diatribes against India and
all things Indian".
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". She also mentioned
that the "Government of
Sri Lanka is on the verge of committing what
could end up being genocide" and described the Sri Lankan IDP
camps where Tamil civilians are being held as concentration camps.
Ruvani Freeman, a Sri Lankan writer called Roy's remarks "ill-informed
and hypocritical" and criticised her for "whitewashing the atrocities
of the LTTE". 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".
Views on the Naxalites
Roy has criticised the Indian government's armed actions against the
Naxalite-Maoist insurgency in India, calling it "war on the poorest
people in the country". According to her, the government has
"abdicated its responsibility to the people" and launched the
offensive against Naxals to aid the corporations with whom it has
signed Memoranda of Understanding. While she has received support
from various quarters for her views, Roy's description of the
Maoists as "Gandhians" raised a controversy. In other
statements, she has described Naxalites as patriots "of a kind"
who are "fighting to implement the Constitution, (while) the
government is vandalising it".
Arundhati Roy at the Jamia Millia Islamia in March 2014
In November 2010, Roy, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, and five others were
brought up on charges of sedition by the Delhi Police. The filing of
First Information Report 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, "
never been an integral part of India. It is a historical fact. Even
the Indian government has accepted this". 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.
Criticism of Anna Hazare
On 21 August 2011, at the height of Anna Hazare's anti-corruption
Arundhati Roy criticised Hazare and his movement in an
opinion piece published in The Hindu. In the course of the
article, she questioned Hazare's secular credentials, pointing out the
campaign's corporate backing, its suspicious timing, Hazare's silence
on private-sector corruption and 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
may be 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.” 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. Roy also has 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.”
Views on Narendra Modi
In 2013, Roy described Narendra Modi's nomination for the prime
ministerial candidate as a "tragedy". She further said that the
business houses also are supporting his candidature because he is the
"most militaristic and aggressive" candidate.
Arundhati Roy was awarded the 1997
Booker Prize for her novel The God
of Small Things. The award carried a prize of approximately
US$30,000 and a citation that noted, "The book keeps all the
promises that it makes". Roy donated the prize money she received,
as well as royalties from her book, to human rights causes. Prior to
the Booker, Roy 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. In 2015, she returned the national award
in protest against religious intolerance and the growing violence by
rightwing groups in India.
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".
In 2003, she was awarded "special recognition" as a Woman of Peace at
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.
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
In November 2011, she was awarded the
Norman Mailer Prize for
Roy was featured in the 2014 list of Time 100, the 100 most
influential people in the world.
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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Hamish Hamilton, 2017.
The End of Imagination. Kottayam: D.C. Books, 1998.
The Cost of Living. Flamingo, 1999. ISBN 0-375-75614-0
The Greater Common Good. Bombay: India Book Distributor, 1999.
The Algebra of Infinite Justice. Flamingo, 2002.
Power Politics. Cambridge: South End Press, 2002.
War Talk. Cambridge: South End Press, 2003. ISBN 0-89608-724-7
An Ordinary Person's Guide To Empire. Consortium, 2004.
Public Power in the Age of Empire. New York: Seven Stories Press.
2004. ISBN 9781583226827.
The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile: Conversations with Arundhati
Roy. Interviews by David Barsamian. Cambridge: South End Press, 2004.
The Shape of the Beast: Conversations with Arundhati Roy. New Delhi:
Penguin, 2008. ISBN 978-0-670-08207-0
Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy. New Delhi:
Penguin, 2010. ISBN 978-0-670-08379-4
Broken Republic: Three Essays. New Delhi: Hamish Hamilton, 2011.
Walking with the Comrades. New Delhi: Penguin, 2011.
Kashmir: The Case for Freedom. Verso, 2011. ISBN 1-844-67735-4
The Hanging of
Afzal Guru and the Strange Case of the Attack on the
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Capitalism: A Ghost Story. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2014.
Things that Can and Cannot Be Said: Essays and Conversations (with
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The Doctor and the Saint: Caste, Race, and Annihilation of Caste, the
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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.
"The Politics of Design", in Ch'ien, Evelyn Nien-Ming (2005). Weird
English. Harvard University Press. pp. 154–199.
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.
Durix, Carole; Jean-Pierre Durix (2002). Reading Arundhati Roy's The
God of Small Things. Dijon: Editions universitaires de Dijon.
Ghosh, Ranjan; Antonia Navarro-Tejero (2009). Globalizing Dissent:
Essays on Arundhati Roy. New York: Routledge.
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.
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.
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.
Tickell, Alex (2007). Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things. New
York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-35842-2.
We, a political documentary about Roy's words. Available online.
Arundhati Roy denounces Indian democracy by Atul Cowshish, Asian
Carreira, Shirley de S. G. "A representação da mulher em Shame, de
Salman Rushdie, e O deus das pequenas coisas, de Arundathi Roy". In:
MONTEIRO, Conceição & LIMA, Tereza M. de O. ed. Rio de Janeiro:
Ch'ien, Evelyn Nien-Ming, "The Politics of Design" in Weird English.
Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2004; 154–199. Essay on Roy's language.
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Column archive at The Guardian
Appearances on C-SPAN
Interviews and speeches
Arundhati Roy – interview on Al Jazeera English'd Fault Lines,
2010-8-29 (video, 23 mins)
Come September –Interview with Howard Zinn, Outlook, September
How Deep Shall We Dig –Full text of I.G. Khan Memorial Lecture
delivered at Aligarh Muslim University on April 6, 2004, Outlook, 6
Recipients of the Booker Prize
List of winners and shortlisted authors
Booker of Bookers
The Best of the Booker
The Golden Man Booker
Man Booker International Prize
P. H. Newby (1969)
Bernice Rubens (1970)
J. G. Farrell
J. G. Farrell (Lost Man Booker Prize, 1970)
V. S. Naipaul
V. S. Naipaul (1971)
John Berger (1972)
J. G. Farrell
J. G. Farrell (1973)
Nadine Gordimer /
Stanley Middleton (1974)
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1975)
David Storey (1976)
Paul Scott (1977)
Iris Murdoch (1978)
Penelope Fitzgerald (1979)
William Golding (1980)
Salman Rushdie (1981)
Thomas Keneally (1982)
J. M. Coetzee
J. M. Coetzee (1983)
Anita Brookner (1984)
Keri Hulme (1985)
Kingsley Amis (1986)
Penelope Lively (1987)
Peter Carey (1988)
Kazuo Ishiguro (1989)
A. S. Byatt
A. S. Byatt (1990)
Ben Okri (1991)
Michael Ondaatje /
Barry Unsworth (1992)
Roddy Doyle (1993)
James Kelman (1994)
Pat Barker (1995)
Graham Swift (1996)
Arundhati Roy (1997)
Ian McEwan (1998)
J. M. Coetzee
J. M. Coetzee (1999)
Margaret Atwood (2000)
Peter Carey (2001)
Yann Martel (2002)
DBC Pierre (2003)
Alan Hollinghurst (2004)
John Banville (2005)
Kiran Desai (2006)
Anne Enright (2007)
Aravind Adiga (2008)
Hilary Mantel (2009)
Howard Jacobson (2010)
Julian Barnes (2011)
Hilary Mantel (2012)
Eleanor Catton (2013)
Richard Flanagan (2014)
Marlon James (2015)
Paul Beatty (2016)
George Saunders (2017)
National Film Award for Best Screenplay
S. L. Puram Sadanandan (1967)
Pandit Anand Kumar (1968)
Puttanna Kanagal (1969)
Satyajit Ray (1970)
Tapan Sinha (1971)
Mrinal Sen and Ashish Burman (1973)
Satyajit Ray (1974)
No Award (1975)
Vijay Tendulkar (1976)
Satyadev Dubey, Shyam Benegal,
Girish Karnad (1977)
T. S. Ranga and
T. S. Nagabharana
T. S. Nagabharana (1978)
Sai Paranjpye (1979)
Mrinal Sen (1980)
K. Balachander (1981)
Mrinal Sen (1982)
G. V. Iyer
G. V. Iyer (1983)
Adoor Gopalakrishnan (1984)
Bhabendra Nath Saikia (1985)
Budhdhadeb Dasgupta (1986)
Adoor Gopalakrishnan (1987)
Arundhati Roy (1988)
M. T. Vasudevan Nair (1989)
K. S. Sethumadhavan (1990)
M. T. Vasudevan Nair (1991)
M. T. Vasudevan Nair (1992)
Satyajit Ray (1993)
M. T. Vasudevan Nair (1994)
Saeed Akhtar Mirza
Saeed Akhtar Mirza and
Ashok Mishra (1995)
Rituparno Ghosh (1997)
Ashok Mishra (1998)
Madampu Kunjukuttan (1999)
Aparna Sen (2002)
Goutam Ghose (2003)
Manoj Tyagi and Nina Arora (2004)
Manoj Tyagi and Shridhar Raghavan (2005)
Rajkumar Hirani and
Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Vidhu Vinod Chopra (2006)
Feroz Abbas Khan (2007)
Sachin Kundalkar (2008)
P. F. Mathews and Harikrishna (2009)
Vikas Bahl and Vijay Maurya (2011)
Sujoy Ghosh (2012)
P. Sheshadri (2013)
Srijit Mukherji (2014)
Juhi Chaturvedi and
Himanshu Sharma (2015)
Syam Pushkaran (2016)
Gopal Krishan Pai and
Girish Kasaravalli (2009)
Anant Mahadevan and Sanjay Pawar (2010)
Avinash Deshpande Nigdi (2011)
Bhavesh Mandalia and Umesh Shukla (2012)
Joshy Mangalath (2014)
Vishal Bhardwaj (2015)
Sanjay Krishnaji Patil (2016)
Sanjay Pawar (2010)
Girish Kulkarni (2011)
Anjali Menon (2012)
Sumitra Bhave (2013)
Vishal Bhardwaj (2014)
Juhi Chaturvedi and
Himanshu Sharma (2015)
Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam (2016)
Sahitya Akademi Award
Sahitya Akademi Award for English
The Guide by
R. K. Narayan
R. K. Narayan (1960)
The Serpent and the Rope
The Serpent and the Rope by
Raja Rao (1964)
The Tribal World of Verrier Elwin
The Tribal World of Verrier Elwin by
Verrier Elwin (1965)
Shadow From Ladakh
Shadow From Ladakh by
Bhabani Bhattacharya (1967)
An Artist in Life by
Niharranjan Ray (1969)
Morning Face by
Mulk Raj Anand
Mulk Raj Anand (1971)
Scholar Extraordinary by
Nirad C. Chaudhuri
Nirad C. Chaudhuri (1975)
Jawaharlal Nehru by
Sarvepalli Gopal (1976)
Chaman Nahal (1977)
Fire on the Mountain by
Anita Desai (1978)
Inside the Haveli by
Rama Mehta (1979)
On the Mother by
K. R. Srinivasa Iyengar
K. R. Srinivasa Iyengar (1980)
Jayanta Mahapatra (1981)
The Last Labyrinth by
Arun Joshi (1982)
Latter-Day Psalms by
Nissim Ezekiel (1983)
The Keeper of the Dead by
Keki N. Daruwalla (1984)
Collected Poems by Kamala Das (1985)
Rich Like Us by
Nayantara Sahgal (1986)
Trapfalls In the Sky by
Shiv K. Kumar (1987)
The Golden Gate by
Vikram Seth (1988)
The Shadow Lines
The Shadow Lines by
Amitav Ghosh (1989)
That Long Silence by
Shashi Deshpande (1990)
The Trotter-Nama by
Allan Sealy (1991)
Our Trees Still Grow In Dehra by
Ruskin Bond (1992)
After Amnesia by
G. N. Devy (1993)
Dom Moraes (1994)
Memories of Rain by
Sunetra Gupta (1996)
Final Solutions and Other Plays by
Mahesh Dattani (1998)
The Collected Poems by
A. K. Ramanujan (1999)
Kiran Nagarkar (2000)
Rajaji: A Life by
Rajmohan Gandhi (2001)
A New World by
Amit Chaudhuri (2002)
Meenakshi Mukherjee (2003)
The Mammaries of the Welfare State
The Mammaries of the Welfare State by
Upamanyu Chatterjee (2004)
The Algebra of Infinite Justice
The Algebra of Infinite Justice by
Arundhati Roy (2005)
The Sari Shop by
Rupa Bajwa (2006)
Disorderly Women by
Malathi Rao (2007)
Mahabharata: An Inquiry into the Human Condition by Chaturvedi
The Book of Rachel by
Esther David (2010)
India after Gandhi by
Ramachandra Guha (2011)
These Errors are Correct by
Jeet Thayil (2012)
Laburnum For My Head
Laburnum For My Head by
Temsula Ao (2013)
Trying to Say Goodbye by
Adil Jussawalla (2014)
Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer by Cyrus Mistry (2015)
Em and the Big Hoom by
Jerry Pinto (2016)
The Black Hill by
Mamang Dai (2017)
Sydney Peace Prize laureates
Muhammad Yunus (1998)
Desmond Tutu (1999)
Xanana Gusmão (2000)
William Deane (2001)
Mary Robinson (2002)
Hanan Ashrawi (2003)
Arundhati Roy (2004)
Olara Otunnu (2005)
Irene Khan (2006)
Hans Blix (2007)
Pat Dodson (2008)
John Pilger (2009)
Vandana Shiva (2010)
Noam Chomsky (2011)
Sekai Holland (2012)
Cynthia Maung (2013)
Julian Burnside (2014)
George Gittoes (2015)
Naomi Klein (2016)
Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter (2017)
Recipients of the Orwell Award
1975: David Wise
1976: Hugh Rank
1977: Walter Pincus
1978: Sissela Bok
1979: Erving Goffman
1980: Sheila Harty
1981: Dwight Bolinger
1982: Stephen Hilgartner, Richard C. Bell, and Rory O'Connor
1983: Haig Bosmajian
1984: Ted Koppel
1985: Torben Vestergaard and Kim Schroder
1986: Neil Postman
1987: Noam Chomsky
1988: Donald Barlett and James B. Steele
Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky
1990: Charlotte Baecher, Consumers Union
1991: David Aaron Kessler
Donald L. Barlett and James Steele
1993: Eric Alterman
1994: Garry Trudeau
1995: Lies of Our Times
1996: William D. Lutz
1997: Gertrude Himmelfarb
1998: Juliet Schor
1998: Scott Adams
1999: Norman Solomon
2000: Alfie Kohn
Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber
2002: Bill Press
Seymour Hersh and Arundhati Roy
Jon Stewart and
The Daily Show
The Daily Show cast
2006: Steven H. Miles
2007: Ted Gup
2008: Charlie Savage
2009: Amy Goodman
2010: Michael Pollan
2011: F.S. Michaels
Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan
2013: Paul L. Thomas
2014: The Onion
2015: Anthony Cody
2016: David Greenberg
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