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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Friday, May 14, 2004
Let us Hope the Darkness has Passed
For many of us who feel estranged from mainstream politics, there are rare, ephemeral moments of celebration. Today is one of them. When India went to the polls, we were negotiating the dangerous cross-currents of neo-liberalism and neo-fascism - an assault on the poor and minority communities.
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Thursday, January 22, 2004
The New American Century
In January 2003 thousands of us from across the world gathered in Porto Alegre in Brazil and declared--reiterated--that "Another World Is Possible." A few thousand miles north, in Washington, George W. Bush and his aides were thinking the same thing. Our project was the World Social Forum. Theirs--to further what many call the Project for the New American Century.
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Sunday, May 18, 2003
Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy (Buy One, Get One Free)
Presented in New York City at The Riverside Church May 13, 2003 Sponsored by the Center for Economic and Social Rights In these times, when we have to race to keep abreast of the speed at which our freedoms are being snatched from us, and when few can afford the luxury of retreating from the streets for a while in order to return with an exquisite, fully formed political thesis replete with footnotes and references, what profound gift can I offer you tonight?
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Wednesday, April 02, 2003
Mesopotamia. Babylon. The Tigris and Euphrates
On the steel torsos of their missiles, adolescent American soldiers scrawl colorful messages in childish handwriting: For Saddam, from the Fat Boy Posse. A building goes down. A marketplace. A home. A girl who loves a boy. A child who only ever wanted to play with his older brother's marbles.
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Sunday, June 02, 2002
Under the Nuclear Shadow
This week as diplomats' families and tourists quickly disappeared, journalists from Europe and America arrived in droves. Most of them stay at the Imperial Hotel in Delhi. Many of them call me. Why are you still here, they ask, why haven't you left the city? Isn't nuclear war a real possibility? It is, but where shall I go? If I go away and everything and every one, every friend, every tree, every home, every dog, squirrel and bird that I have known and loved is incinerated, how shall I live on?
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Monday, May 06, 2002
Democracy
Last night a friend from Baroda called. Weeping. It took her fifteen minutes to tell me what the matter was. It wasn't very complicated. Only that Sayeeda, a friend of hers, had been caught by a mob. Only that her stomach had been ripped open and stuffed with burning rags. Only that after she died, someone carved 'OM' on her forehead. Precisely which Hindu scripture preaches this?
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Thursday, March 07, 2002
The Greater Common Good
"If you are to suffer, you should suffer in the interest of the country."- Jawaharlal Nehru, speaking to villagers who were to be displaced by the Hirakud dam, 1948 I stood on a hill and laughed out loud.
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Thursday, March 07, 2002
The End of Imagination
"The desert shook," the Government of India informed us (its people). "The whole mountain turned white," the Government of Pakistan replied.
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Monday, February 18, 2002
Shall We Leave It to the Experts?
India lives in several centuries at the same time. Somehow we manage to progress and regress simultaneously. As a nation we age by pushing outward from the middle--adding a few centuries on either end of the extraordinary CV. We greaten like the maturing head of a hammerhead shark with eyes looking in diametrically opposite directions.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2001
'Brutality Smeared in Peanut Butter': Why America Must Stop the War Now
As darkness deepened over Afghanistan on Sunday, October 7, 2001, the US government, backed by the International Coalition Against Terror (the new, amenable surrogate for the United Nations), launched air strikes against Afghanistan. TV channels lingered on computer-animated images of cruise...
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