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World Thinkers 2014: Arundhati Roy

Writer and activist, India

By Prospect Team  

Arundhati Roy is the celebrated author of the 1997 Man Booker Prize-winning novel The God of Small Things. Since then she has focused on political activism, writing regular columns for Indian, British and American publications on issues including the status of women in Indian society, corporate corruption and Kashmiri independence. Earlier this year, Roy courted controversy by publicly criticising her publisher, Penguin, after it agreed to withdraw a book which offended Hindu “fanatics.”

Further reading:

The not-so reluctant renegadeSiddhartha Deb profiles Arundhati Roy

Q&A: Roy discusses women’s rights in India


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