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Arundhati Roy: the literary canary in India’s coalmine

NEW DELHI: She may have returned to publishing fiction after a two decade hiatus, but Indian writer Arundhati Roy says she has no plans to sheath her polemical sword anytime soon in a world where the vulnerable are still being "smashed". Sitting in a cafe in the bowels of Old Delhi's labyrinthine streets on a chilly winter's afternoon, the 56-year-old still simmers with the kind of fiery political rhetoric that has made her one of her homeland's harshest modern day critics. "I would find it very hard to live with…

Arundhati Roy releases first novel in 20 years

Arundhati Roy's eagerly-awaited second novel goes on sale Tuesday, two decades after her prize-winning debut "The God of Small Things" propelled her to global fame and launched her career as an outspoken critic of injustice in her native India. Roy became the first Indian woman to win the prestigious Booker Prize with her 1997 work, which sold around 8 million copies and turned the young author into a star of the literary world. In the years that followed, she turned to non-fiction writing, taking on issues ranging from…

‘Unverified statement’ of Arundhati Roy on Indian soldiers in Kashmir sparks controversy

NEW DELHI: Prominent Indian journalist and human rights activist Arundhati Roy reported to have said that India cannot achieve its objective in the occupied Kashmir valley even if its army deployment increase from 7 lakh to 70 lakh, but the widely-circulated statement of Roy could not be independently verified. According to unconfirmed media reports, Roy made these remarks during a recent visit to Srinagar. She reportedly called the Indian aggression in the Kashmir ‘shameful’ and said that the New Delhi`s oppression…