Arundhati Roy speaking at Harvard University in April 2010.
24 November 1961 |
Shillong, Assam (present-day Meghalaya), India
|Occupation||Novelist, essayist, activist|
|Period||1997 – present|
|Notable work(s)||The God of Small Things|
|Notable award(s)||Man Booker Prize (1997)
Sydney Peace Prize (2004)
Suzanna Arundhati Roy (born 24 November 1961) is an Indian author and political activist who is best known for the 1998 Man Booker Prize for Fiction winning novel The God of Small Things (1997) and for her involvement in environmental and human rights causes. Roy’s novel became the biggest-selling book by a nonexpatriate Indian author.
Early life and background
She spent her childhood in Aymanam in Kerala, and went to 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 her first husband, architect Gerard da Cunha.
Roy met her second husband, filmmaker Pradip Krishen, in 1984, and played a village girl in his award-winning movie Massey Sahib. Until made financially secure by the success of her novel The God of Small Things, she worked various jobs, including running aerobics classes at five-star hotels in New Delhi. Roy is a cousin of prominent media personality Prannoy Roy, the head of the leading Indian TV media group NDTV. She lives in New Delhi.
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, which she also appeared as a performer, and Electric Moon (1992), both directed by her current husband Pradip Krishen. Roy attracted attention in 1994, when she criticised Shekhar Kapur's film Bandit Queen, 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 meaning.
The God of Small Things
The publication of The God of Small Things catapulted Roy to instant international fame. It received the 1997 Booker Prize for Fiction and was listed as one of the New York Times Notable Books of the Year for 1997. It reached fourth position on the 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 to eighteen countries by the end of June.
The God of Small Things received stellar reviews in major American newspapers such as The New York Times (a "dazzling first novel," "extraordinary," "at once so morally strenuous and so imaginatively supple") and the 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 that the novel was awarded the Booker Prize caused controversy; Carmen Callil, a 1996 Booker Prize judge, called the novel "execrable," and The Guardian called the contest "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 homestate Kerala, where she had to answer charges of obscenity.
Since the success of her novel, Roy has been working as a screenplay writer again, writing a television serial, The Banyan Tree, and the documentary DAM/AGE: A Film with Arundhati Roy (2002).
Arundhati Roy was one of the contributors on the book We Are One: A Celebration of Tribal Peoples, released in October 2009. The book 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.
Advocacy and controversy
Since The God of Small Things Roy has devoted herself mainly to nonfiction and politics, publishing two more collections of essays, as well as working for social causes. She is a spokesperson of the anti-globalization/alter-globalization movement and a vehement critic of neo-imperialism and of the global policies of the United States. She also criticises India's nuclear weapons policies and the approach to industrialisation and rapid development as currently being practised in India, including the Narmada Dam project and the power company Enron's activities in India.
Support for Kashmiri separatism
In an interview with the Times of India published in August 2008, Arundhati Roy expressed her support for the independence of Kashmir from India after massive demonstrations in favour of independence took place—some 500,000 separatists rallied in Srinagar in the Kashmir part of 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 Indian National Congress (INC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for her remarks.
"She must withdraw her statement which is contrary to historical facts and could mislead the nation as well as the international community,"
"It would do better to brush up her knowledge of history and know that the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir had acceded to the Union of India after its erstwhile ruler Maharaja Hari Singh duly signed the 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."
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' imprisonment for default.
Environmental historian 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, her Manichean view of the world, and her shrill hectoring tone, have given a bad name to environmental analysis". He faults 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 discussions, in open letters, on Roy's strategy for the Narmada Dam movement. Though the activists disagree on whether to demand stopping the dam building altogether (Roy) or searching for intermediate alternatives (Omvedt), the exchange has mostly been, though critical, constructive.
United States foreign policy, the War in Afghanistan
In a 2001 opinion piece in the British newspaper The Guardian, Arundhati Roy responded to the US 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 and British Prime Minister Tony Blair were guilty of a Big Brother kind 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 3rd World "countries that America has been at war with – and bombed – since the second world war", 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 rulers, the 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, US 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 it 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. In March 2006, Roy criticised US President George W. Bush's visit to India, calling him a "war criminal".
India's nuclear weaponisation
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 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 and 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 has called for the death sentence of Mohammad Afzal to be stayed while a parliamentary enquiry into these questions are conducted and denounced press coverage of the trial. The Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar criticised Roy for calling convicted terrorist Mohammad Afzal a 'prisoner-of-war' and called Arundhati a 'prisoner of her own dogma'.
He further said,
"No country has ever witnessed such kind of defense of a terrorist. They have gone beyond an academic discussion on capital punishment"
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 now India's Defence Minister, saying "You have blood on your hands."
Comments on 2008 Mumbai attacks
In an opinion piece for The Guardian (13 December 2008), Roy argued that the 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 (which Roy calls "Britain's final, parting kick to us"), the atrocities committed during the 2002 Gujarat violence, and the ongoing conflict in Kashmir. 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 Lanka
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 Government's armed actions against the Naxalite-Maoist insurgents 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 Memorandums 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 "patriot of a kind" who are "fighting to implement the Constitution, (while) the government is vandalising it". Many commentators have hypothesized that Roy does not hold sympathy for the victims of Maoist terrorism and have called her a "Maoist sympathiser."
You cannot equate violence of the resistance with the structural violence of the Indian state which is resulting in 250,000 farmers killing themselves, 80% of the population living in poverty. You really can’t equate the two. And that’s what many people do.
— Arundhati Roy
Criticism of Anna Hazare
On 21 August 2011, at the height of Anna Hazare's anti-corruption campaign, Arundhati Roy severely criticised Hazare and his movement in an opinion-piece published in The Hindu. In the course of the article, she questions Hazare's secular credentials, points out the campaign's corporate backing, its suspicious timing, Hazare's silence on private-sector corruption and on 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 maybe 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. 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.
In November 2010, Roy (along with Syed Ali Shah Geelani and five others) was brought up on charges of sedition by the Delhi Police. The filing of the FIR 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 "Kashmir has never been an integral part of India. It is an 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.
Arundhati Roy was awarded the 1997 Booker Prize for her novel The God of Small Things. The award carried a prize of about US $30,000 and a citation that noted, "The book keeps all the promises that it makes." Prior to this, she 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 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 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 neo-liberalisation.'"
In November 2011, she was awarded the Norman Mailer Prize for Distinguished Writing.
- The God of Small Things. Flamingo, 1997. ISBN 0-00-655068-1.
- The End of Imagination. Kottayam: D.C. Books, 1998. ISBN 81-7130-867-8.
- The Cost of Living. Flamingo, 1999. ISBN 0-375-75614-0. Contains the essays "The Greater Common Good" and "The End of Imagination."
- The Greater Common Good. Bombay: India Book Distributor, 1999. ISBN 81-7310-121-3.
- The Algebra of Infinite Justice. Flamingo, 2002. ISBN 0-00-714949-2. Collection of essays: "The End of Imagination," "The Greater Common Good," "Power Politics", "The Ladies Have Feelings, So...," "The Algebra of Infinite Justice," "War is Peace," "Democracy," "War Talk", and "Come September."
- Power Politics. Cambridge: South End Press, 2002. ISBN 0-89608-668-2.
- War Talk. Cambridge: South End Press, 2003. ISBN 0-89608-724-7.
- Foreword to Noam Chomsky, For Reasons of State. 2003. ISBN 1-56584-794-6.
- An Ordinary Person's Guide To Empire. Consortium, 2004. ISBN 0-89608-727-1.
- Public Power in the Age of Empire Seven Stories Press, 2004. ISBN 1-58322-682-6.
- The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile: Conversations with Arundhati Roy. Interviews by David Barsamian. Cambridge: South End Press, 2004. ISBN 0-89608-710-7.
- Introduction to 13 December, a Reader: The Strange Case of the Attack on the Indian Parliament. New Delhi, New York: Penguin, 2006. ISBN 0-14-310182-X.
- The Shape of the Beast: Conversations with Arundhati Roy. New Delhi: Penguin, Viking, 2008. ISBN 978-0-670-08207-0.
- Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy. New Delhi: Penguin, Hamish Hamilton, 2009. ISBN 978-0-670-08379-4.
Speeches, Essays, Interviews
- We We, documentary featuring the works of Arundhati Roy.
- Come September Transcript of speech on 18 September 2002 and conversation with Howard Zinn.
- Arundhati Roy on India, Iraq, U.S. Empire and Dissent—interview on Democracy Now!
- "We have to become the global resistance" (Abridged version of speech at the World Social Forum in Mumbai, 16 January 2004)
- Tide? or Ivory Snow? Public Power in the Age of Empire (16 August 2004 speech in San Francisco)
- ABC Radio National transcript of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture (with audio) or download the speech here
- "The Most Cowardly War in History"; opening statement at the Iraq tribunal (Article dated 24 June 2005)
- Podcast of Arundhati Roy and Pankaj Mishra discussing "India in the World" at the Shanghai International Literary Festival
- Arundhati Roy on the Human Costs of India’s Economic Growth, the View of Obama in New Delhi, and Escalating US Attacks in Af-Pak
- Audio: Arundhati Roy in conversation on the BBC World Service discussion programme The Forum
- Arundhati Roy on Obama’s Wars, India and Why Democracy Is “The Biggest Scam in the World”
- "In the Valley of the Tigers"; Interview with Ascent magazine on the Narmada Valley
- Gandhi but with Guns – essay about the naxalites at guardian.co.uk (2010-03-27)
- Fault Lines – Arundhati Roy (video) – Interview with Arundhati Roy on Al Jazeera English. Retrieved 2010-05-06
- Interview with The Guardian, 5 June 2011 – Roy discusses political activism and why she no longer condemns violent resistance.
Books and articles on Roy
- Anūp, Si. (1997). Arundhatiyuṭ̣e atbhutalōkaṃ. Trivandrum: New Indian Books.
- 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. ISBN 81-86318-56-9.
- "The Politics of Design," in Ch'ien, Evelyn Nien-Ming (2005). Weird English. Harvard UP. pp. 154–199. ISBN 978-0-674-01819-8.
- 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. ISBN 81-7156-850-5.
- Durix, Carole; Jean-Pierre Durix (2002). Reading Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. Dijon: Editions universitaires de Dijon. ISBN 2-905965-80-0.
- Ghosh, Ranjan; Antonia Navarro-Tejero (2009). Globalizing dissent: Essays on Arundhati Roy. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-99559-7.
- Jōsaphmātyu, Ēt̲t̲umānūr (1997). Arundhati R̲ōyiyuṭe Da gōḍ ōph smōḷ tiṅgs: kathayuṃ kāryavuṃ: sāhitya paṭhanam. Kottayam: Toms Literary Editions.
- Mullaney, Julie (2002). "Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things: A reader’s guide". Continuum (New York). 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 perspectives. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen. ISBN 0-7734-5995-2.
- Pathak, R.S. (2001). The fictional world of Arundhati Roy. New Delhi: Creative Books. ISBN 81-86318-84-4.
- Prasad, Murari; Bill Ashcroft (foreword) (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. ISBN 978-81-269-0409-9.
- 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. ISBN 81-86318-54-2.
- Tickell, Alex (2007). Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-35842-2.
- Tōmas, Jōmi (1997). Arundhati R̲ōy, kr̥tiyuṃ kāl̲cappāṭum. Kozhikode: Kar̲ant̲ Buks. ISBN 81-240-0515-X.
- We, a political documentary about Roy's words. Available online.
- Arundhati Roy denounces Indian democracy by Atul Cowshish
- 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: Caetés, 2005
- Ch'ien, Evelyn Nien-Ming, "The Politics of Design" (Weird English. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2004; 154–199). Essay on Roy's language. Available online.
- Literary Encyclopedia (in-progress)
- SAWNET biography
- Arundhati Roy – NNDB entry
- "Arundhati Roy". Encyclopaedia Brittanica. Retrieved May 12, 2013.
- "Arundhati Roy, 1959 –". The South Asian Literary Recordings Project. Library of Congress, New Delhi Office. 15 November 2002. Archived from the original on 4 April 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2009.
- Massey Sahib at the Internet Movie Database
- NAYARE ALI (Jul 14, 2002). "There’s something about Mary". Times News Network. Retrieved May 12, 2013.
- Arundhati Roy,Author-Activist india-today.com. Retrieved 16 June 2013
- The Great Indian Rape-Trick @ SAWNET -The South Asian Women's NETwork. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- "Arundhati Roy: A 'small hero'". BBC News. 6 March 2002.
- Ramesh, Randeep (17 February 2007). "Live to tell". The Guardian (London). Archived from the original on 6 May 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2009.
- "Notable Books of the Year 1997". The New York Times. 7 December 1997. Archived from the original on 20 March 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2007.
- "Best Sellers Plus". The New York Times. 25 January 1998. Retrieved 21 March 2007.
- Kakutani, Michiko (3 June 1997). "Melodrama as Structure for Subtlety". The New York Times.
- Truax, Alice (25 May 1997). "A Silver Thimble in Her Fist". The New York Times
- Eder, Richard (1 June 1997). "As the world turns: rev. of The God of Small Things". Los Angeles Times. p. 2. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
- Carey, Barbara (7 June 1997). "A lush, magical novel of India". Toronto Star. p. M.21.
- "Books: The best of 1997". Time. 29 December 1997. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
- "The scene is set for the Booker battle". BBC News. 24 September 1998. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
- Kutty, N Madhavan (9 November 1997). "Comrade of Small Jokes". The Indian Express. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
- Bumiller, Elisabeth (29 July 1997). "A Novelist Beginning with a Bang". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
- 'I think from a very early age, I was determined to negotiate with the world on my own' The Rediff Special- Vir Sanghvi. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
- Randeep Ramesh (10 March 2007). "An activist returns to the novel". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 March 2007.
- "We Are One: a celebration of tribal peoples published this autumn". Survival International. 16 October 2009. Archived from the original on 29 October 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
- Thottam, Jyoti (4 September 2008). "Valley of Tears". Time. Retrieved 6 April 2009.
- Ghosh, Avijit (19 August 2008). "Kashmir needs freedom from India: Arundhati Roy". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 April 2009.
- "Cong attacks Roy on Kashmir remark". The Times of India (India). 20 August 2008. Retrieved 25 March 2009.
- "Cong asks Arundhati Roy to withdraw statement on J-K". 25 October 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
- Roy, Arundhati (22 May – 4 June 1999). "The Greater Common Good". Frontline (magazine) 16 (11)
- "Drowned Out". Internet Movie Database. 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2009.
- "Playwright Tendulkar in BJP gunsight". The Telegraph (Kolkata). 13 December 2003. Retrieved 6 April 2009. The Telegraph – Calcutta: Nation].
- "Arundhati’s contempt: Supreme Court writes her a prison sentence". The Indian Express. 7 March 2002.V. Venkatesan and Sukumar Muralidharan (18–31 August 2001). "Of contempt and legitimate dissent". Frontline.
- In re: Arundhati Roy.... Contemner, JUDIS (Supreme Court of India bench, Justices G.B. Pattanaik & R.P. Sethi 6 March 2002).
- Roy, Arundhati (7 March 2002). "Statement by Arundhati Roy". Friends of River Narmada. Retrieved 21 March 2007.
- Ramachandra Guha, The Arun Shourie of the left, The Hindu, 26 November 2000.
- Ramachandra Guha, Perils of extremism, The Hindu, 17 December 2000.
- Ram, N. (6–19 January 2001). "Scimitars in the Sun: N. Ram interviews Arundhati Roy on a writer's place in politics.". Frontline, The Hindu. Retrieved 30 October 2008.
- Omvedt, Gail. "An Open Letter to Arundhati Roy". Friends of River Narmada. Archived from the original on 26 October 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2008.
- Roy, Arundhati (23 October 2001). "'Brutality smeared in peanut butter': Why America must stop the war now". The Guardian (London). Archived from the original on 10 February 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2009.
- Roy, Arundhati (13 May 2003). "Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy (Buy One, Get One Free)". Text of speech at the Riverside Church. Commondreams.org. Archived from the original on 4 April 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2009.
- Roy, Arundhati. "Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy, Buy One Get One Free – An Hour With Arundhati Roy". Text of speech at the Riverside Church. Democracy Now!. Archived from the original on 8 April 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2009.
- Roy, Arundhati (28 February 2006). "George Bush go home". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 23 February 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2007.
- "War crimes and Lebanon". The Guardian (London). 3 August 2006. Retrieved 6 April 2009.
- "Political Notebook: Queer activists reel over Israel, Frameline ties". 17 May 2007.
- "San Francisco Queers Say No Pride in Apartheid". 29 May 2007.
- Arundhati Roy, "And His Life Should Become Extinct", Outlook, 30 October 2006.
- "BJP flays Arundhati for 'defending' Afzal". 28 October 2006. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
- Roy, Arundhati (15 March 2003). ""You have blood on your hands"; Arundhati Roy to Kerala Chief Minister Antony". Frontline, Vol.20, Issue 6. Retrieved 25 March 2009.
- Roy, Arundhati (13 December 2008). "The monster in the mirror". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 18 January 2010.
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- "Rushdie Slams Arundhati Roy". The Times of India. 18 December 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
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- Arundhati Roy on Obama’s Wars, Poverty and India’s Maoist Rebels – video interview by Democracy Now!, 8 November 2010
- Revoke ban on Revolutionary Democratic Front: Arundhati Roy | ICAWPI – International Campaign Against War on the People in India, 25 September 2012