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Arundhati Roy - a writer with a conscience
The subject of article is the indomitable Booker Prize Winner Arundhati Roy, author of 'The God of Small Things.' In her magnificent novel, she has exposed brilliantly the plight of lower ranks of our society. She has portrayed beautifully the contradictions and prejudices of our social fabric.

“THERE ARE five levels of truth: First you tell the truth to yourself about yourself. Then you tell the truth to yourself about another. At the third level, you tell the truth about yourself to another. Then you tell your truth about another to that other. And finally, you tell the truth to everyone about everything.”   Neale Donald Walsch

It is easier to take up a job as writer and lead a reasonably comfortable life. In this world of hypocrisy and intrigue, it is another story to survive as an honest and courageous writer. Let us harbor no illusions. Courage doesn’t always mean success. It makes you move forward when the wind blows against you but it doesn’t bring material prosperity or glory. It often pushes you into the world of oblivion.

Things happen in outer world and the resonance is heard in the secret chambers of heart. Too much pain, miseries and injustice prevail in our society and there is surfeit of pleasure also for the luckier lots. The tyrannical passion for power creates a vicious circle. A writer is fascinated with the equations of love and hate. He faces a blast of realities and tries to make some sense out of it. He wants to alleviate the suffering around us with his pen. Sometimes he also decides to share the merry moments.

The subject of article is the indomitable Booker Prize Winner Arundhati Roy, author of “The God of Small Things.” In her magnificent novel she has exposed brilliantly the plight of lower ranks of society. She has portrayed beautifully the contradictions and prejudices of our social fabric.  Few years back she had provoked the establishment with her pungent remarks – “Somebody who cares to read the transcripts of my speeches will see that they were fundamentally a call for the people of Kashmir who live under one of the most brutal military occupations in the world; for Kashmiri Pundits who live tragedy of having been driven out of their homeland; for Dalit soldiers killed in Kashmir whose grave I visited on garbage heaps in their village in Cuddalore; for the Indian poor who pay the price of this occupation in material ways and who are now learning to live in terror of what is becoming a police state.”

The government was quick to point out that she holds no elected office and her position is not the political mainstream. Answering on a syndicate radio show “Democracy Now”, she said “…..India not being a world power, however much it wants to claim it is, turns those energies on its own people.” She lamented that in Gujarat Muslims were killed during 2002 riots but nobody raised an outcry.

She also questioned what she believes as hypocrisy of Indians when it comes to their muted reaction over the killings and rape of Kashmiri women allegedly by army men.

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