Saturday, November 27, 2010

who is Arundhati Roy ?

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updated: Arundhati in news today-"The demand that Lokpal should cover PMO to the lowest government officer will create a second oligarchy".
"Anna's fast will not help solve crisis"-roy on hindu.

Arundhati Roy (born 24 November 1961) is an Indian novelist, essayist and activist who focuses on issues related to social justice and economic inequality. She won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her novel, The God of Small Things, and has also written two screenplays and several collections of essays. Her writings on various social, environmental and political issues have been a subject of major controversy in India.

For her work as an activist she received the Cultural Freedom Prize awarded by the Lannan Foundation in 2002.

Arundhati Roy was born in Shillong, Meghalaya, India, to a Keralite Syrian Christian mother, the women's rights activist Mary Roy, and a Bengali father, Ranjit Roy, a tea planter by profession.

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, New 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 stable 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 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, directed by her current husband, and Electric Moon (1992); she also appeared as a performer in the first. 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 titled, '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.
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arundhati's statement on kashmir issue:

"When I was in Kashmir.. what broke my heart on the street of Srinagar was when people say "Nanga Bhukha Hindustan, Jaan se Pyara Pakistan" and I said no because "Nanga Bhukha Hindustan" is with you, and if you are fighting for a just society then you must align yourself with powers and here are people who have fought their lives opposing Indian state....You have to look beyond stone pelting and how the state is using people. ...You have to know your enemy and you have to be able to respond by aligning tactically, intelligently, locally or internationally."

latest news on her kashmir issue sedition case:
Nov 27 (IANS) Rejecting a Delhi Police clean chit, a city court Saturday ordered registration of an FIR against Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani, writer-activist Arundhati Roy and five others for alleged anti-India speeches at a seminar here Oct 21.

'The Delhi Police are hereby directed to lodge an FIR (first information report) under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code and file a report in this regard on Jan 6, 2011, the next date of hearing,' Metropolitan Magistrate Navita Kumari Bagha said.
The court said that it 'was not satisfied' with Delhi Police's explanation for not registering an FIR against Geelani, Roy and the other speakers.
The court rejected a police status report that no offence relating to sedition and other charges was made out against Geelani and others.
The others against whom the FIR is to be registered include Delhi University professor S.A.R. Geelani, who was acquitted in the 2001 parliament attack case, Jammu and Kashmir University professor Sheikh Showkat Hussain, writer Varavara Rao, Association for Protection of Democratic Rights activist Sujato Bhadra and writer Shuddhabrata Sengupta.
Sushil Pandit, complainant and member of Roots in Kashmir organisation, filed a complaint Oct 28 at Tilak Marg police station against Geelani, Roy and others, and demanded that an FIR be registered against them for their alleged anti-India speeches at a seminar 'Azadi - the only Way'.
Geelani, Roy and their fellow speakers voiced their opinions in favour of Kashmir's separation from India at the conference, the petitioner alleged.
'We're happy with the court's decision and look forward to results of the investigation by Delhi Police,' said Aditya Raj Koul, an activist of Roots in Kashmir.
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Counsel Vikas Padora argued that 'the accused have ignited feelings of hatred, contempt and disaffection among people towards the government of India'

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