Bill Moyers interviews Arundhati Roy, who is widely known in literary circles for her first novel, THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS. Her newest book, Power Politics: The Reincarnation of Rumpelstiltskin is not the novel her public expected -it is a collection of short essays and a defiant poke in the eye to the Enrons of capitalism, to American foreign policy, and the corruption of Indian democracy. She talks about American power, global dilemmas, and why she got arrested in her native India.
Algebra of Infinite Justice
In this essay, Indian novelist, activist Arundhati Roy cross-examines the
U.S.'s war on terrorism within the historical context of U.S. foreign
interventions. Tracing American foreign policy back to the 1979 Soviet
invasion of Afghanistan, Roy concludes Osama Bin Laden is a monster
created by the U.S. military-intelligence complex to give the Soviet Union its
own Vietnam-like quagmire.
Arundhati Roy Official
Arundhati Roy's OFFICIAL WEB SITE features a biography of her life, a
summary of THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS, and an exploration of Arundhati's
writing style expressed in her own words.
Arundhati Roy: The Progressive
David Barsamian from the PROGRESSIVE interviews Arundhati Roy on gender
and social caste, the interdependence between the personal and the political,
and her resistance to dam construction in Narmada Valley, India.
The Greater Common Good
In this essay, Arundhati Roy takes on dam construction in India. Originally
loved by all classes, religions, and ideologies, dams are now seen as colonial
relics that redistribute wealth upwards, displace people, and harm the
environment according to Roy. To stop dam construction in the Narmada
Valley, Roy advocates grass roots activism and civil disobedience.
the Nuclear Shadow
Arundhati Roy comments on the rising tensions between India and Pakistan
over the disputed territory of Kashmir. By framing her commentary around
flesh and blood people, Arundhati Roy shows the wanton destruction a
nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan would bring to each nation's
Wind, Rivers, and Rain
In this interview with Salon.com, Arundhati Roy discusses India, the critics'
need for literary comparison, the obscenity charges she faces in her home
region and her book THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS.