Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy was born in 1959 in Shillong, India. She studied architecture in New Delhi, where she now lives, and has worked as a film designer, actor, and screenplay writer in India. Her latest book, Listening to Grasshoppers: Fields Notes on Democracy, is a collection of recent essays. A tenth anniversary edition of her novel, The God of Small Things (Random House), for which she received the 1997 Booker Prize, was recently released. She is also the author of numerous nonfiction titles, including An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 6:17am
Decolonize the Consumerist Wasteland: Re-imagining a World Beyond Capitalism and Communism
Here in India, even in the midst of all the violence and greed, there is still hope. If anyone can do it, we can. We still have a population that has not yet been completely colonized by that consumerist dream.
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Monday, February 11, 2013 - 12:56pm
The Hanging of Afzal Guru is a Stain on India's Democracy
Spring announced itself in Delhi on Saturday. The sun was out, and the law took its course.
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Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 11:59am
Capitalism’s Real Gravediggers
Is it a house or a home? A temple to the new India, or a warehouse for its ghosts? Ever since Antilla arrived on Altamount Road in Mumbai, exuding mystery and quiet menace, things have not been the same. “Here we are,” the friend who took me there said, “pay your respects to our new ruler.”
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Friday, November 18, 2011 - 10:07am
We Are All Occupiers
This is the text of a speech given by Arundhati Roy at the People's University in Washington Square, NYC on November 16th, 2011. Tuesday morning, the police cleared Zuccotti Park, but today the people are back. The police should know that this protest is not a battle for territory. We're not fighting for the right to occupy a park here or there. We are fighting for justice. Justice, not just for the people of the United States, but for everybody.
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Friday, September 30, 2011 - 7:58am
The Dead Begin to Speak Up in India
At about 3am, on 23 September, within hours of his arrival at the Delhi airport, the US radio-journalist David Barsamian was deported .
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 11:58am
A Response to the Threat of Arrest for Sedition
KASHMIR - Oct. 26 - I write this from Srinagar, Kashmir. This morning's papers say that I may be arrested on charges of sedition for what I have said at recent public meetings on Kashmir. I said what millions of people here say every day. I said what I, as well as other commentators have written and said for years. Anybody who cares to read the transcripts of my speeches will see that they were fundamentally a call for justice.
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Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 10:00am
The Heart of India Is Under Attack
The low, flat-topped hills of south Orissa have been home to the Dongria Kondh long before there was a country called India or a state called Orissa. The hills watched over the Kondh. The Kondh watched over the hills and worshipped them as living deities. Now these hills have been sold for the bauxite they contain . For the Kondh it's as though god had been sold.
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Monday, September 28, 2009 - 8:29am
What Have We Done to Democracy?
While we're still arguing about whether there's life after death, can we add another question to the cart? Is there life after democracy? What sort of life will it be? By "democracy" I don't mean democracy as an ideal or an aspiration. I mean the working model: Western liberal democracy, and its variants, such as they are. So, is there life after democracy?
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 8:35am
And We Call This Progress?
Bauxite mountains are part of a very delicate ecosystem. The mining of bauxite and the process by which it is turned into aluminum is among the most toxic, environmentally devastating processes imaginable.
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Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 2:54pm
Into the Inferno: Hollow Language and Hollow Democracies
W­hile we’re still arguing about whether there’s life after death, can we add another question to the cart? Is there life after democracy? What sort of life will it be? By democracy I don’t mean democracy as an ideal or an aspiration. I mean the working model: western liberal democracy, and its variants, such as they are.
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