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Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy is an Indian writer and political activist involved in human rights and environmental causes.

She’s best known for her debut novel, The God of Small Things which she received the prestigious Booker Prize for (1997). It was also voted one of the 1990s ten most important books in 2007. In her early career, Roy wrote screenplays for television and movies, Roy won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay (1988) for In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones. She was also the collaborator of a television series on India's independence movement and the film Electric Moon. 

Since publishing The God of Small Things, Roy has spent most of her time on political activism and nonfiction writing, including The Algebra of Infinite Justice (2001), Listening to Grasshoppers (2009), Broken Republic, and Capitalism: A Ghost Story (2013), and most recently, Things That Can and Cannot Be Said (2016), co-authored with John Cusack. 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 towards nuclear weapons as well as industrialization and economic growth (which she describes as "encrypted with genocidal potential" in Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy). Her latest book, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (2017) is the first novel from her in twenty years.