Arundhati Roy

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 most recent book, a novel, is: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Her other books include: Listening to Grasshoppers: Fields Notes on Democracy; The God of Small Things; and An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire.

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Monday, September 28, 2009
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
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
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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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The Silence Surrounding Sri Lanka
NEW DELHI - The horror that is unfolding in Sri Lanka becomes possible because of the silence that surrounds it. There is almost no reporting in the international press - or in the mainstream media in India, where I live - about what is happening. From the little information that is filtering through, it looks as though the Sri Lankan government is using the propaganda of "the war on terror" as a fig leaf to dismantle any semblance of democracy in the country and commit unspeakable crimes against the Tamil people.
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Saturday, December 13, 2008
9 Is Not 11: (And November Isn't September)
We've forfeited the rights to our own tragedies. As the carnage in Mumbai raged on, day after horrible day, our 24-hour news channels informed us that we were watching "India's 9/11." And like actors in a Bollywood rip-off of an old Hollywood film, we're expected to play our parts and say our lines, even though we know it's all been said and done before.
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Friday, August 22, 2008
Land and Freedom
For the past 60 days or so, since about the end of June, the people of Kashmir have been free. Free in the most profound sense. They have shrugged off the terror of living their lives in the gun-sights of half a million heavily armed soldiers, in the most densely militarised zone in the world.
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Sunday, March 25, 2007
On India's Growing Violence: 'It's Outright War and Both Sides are Choosing Their Weapons'
The following is an interview with Arundhati Roy, conducted by Shoma Chaudhury of Tehelka. There is an atmosphere of growing violence across the country. How do you read the signs? In what context should it be read?
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Monday, February 27, 2006
Bush in India: Just Not Welcome
On his triumphalist tour of India and Pakistan, where he hopes to wave imperiously at people he considers potential subjects, President Bush has an itinerary that's getting curiouser and curiouser.
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Wednesday, November 03, 2004
What We Call Peace is Little Better Than Capitulation To a Corporate Coup
This is an edited extract from the 2004 Sydney Peace Prize lecture delivered by Arundhati Roy at the Seymour Center last night. Sometimes there's truth in old cliches. There can be no real peace without justice. And without resistance there will be no justice. Today, it is not merely justice itself, but the idea of justice that is under attack.
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Thursday, May 20, 2004
Arundhati Roy On the Indian Elections, Her Support for the Iraqi Resistance & the Privatization of War
Arundhati Roy Interviewed by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! (5/19/04) Full transcript and audio online at: http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/05/19/1449239 AMY GOODMAN: Welcome to Democracy Now!, Arundhati.
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