The winner of the Man Booker Prize will be announced on October 17 in London’s Guildhall.
Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is welcome at a time when words such as ‘secularism’ and ‘reservation’ are becoming unwelcome, but the astute storytelling you’d expect is sadly missing.
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The shortlist will be announced on September 13 and the winner on October 17.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is not a picaresque tale of sorrowers but a saga of small-time renegades of fate who emerge as portraits each of a singular fortitude through the darkest hour.
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Paresh Rawal’s tweet against Arundhati Roy amounts to incitement of violence, which violates the oath he took as a legislator.
For Paresh Rawal and his ilk, dissidents and other malcontents come in the way of India’s destiny of becoming a great nation
The actor Paresh Rawal and his supporters in the BJP and on social media say he was reacting to Arundhati Roy’s recent comments on Kashmir. But she never even made them in the first place.
Twitter has often been accused of failing to against trolls who abuse and threaten others, especially women.
Hopefully the Jadhav matter will encourage Indian policy makers to take international law and its obligations and institutions more seriously, rather than as an encumbrance or distraction.
While a BJP spokesperson distanced himself from Rawal’s comments, activists and opposition politicians have condemned his statements.
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The announcement marks 19 years since Roy’s debut novel, The God of Small Things, took the literary world by storm and won her the Man Booker Prize.
The curious place of Arundhati Roy’s non-fiction in the canon and the persistent mischaracterisation of her work.
The law criminalises any act that “excites disaffection”, irrespective of whether it instigates violence. Such a law is detrimental to free speech and does not belong in a democracy.
In the winter of 2014 the American actor, producer and scriptwriter, John Cusack arranged a meeting between him, Arundhati Roy, Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg, who exposed the lies of the US government about the Vietnam War through the Pentagon papers in the 1960s.
By catering to an affluent community cut off from the reality of the poor, the South Asian literary community hides the true costs of climate change.
The dance is one among a few cultural objects today – like Ganesh Utsav, the thickening sindoor that women display, freshly minted greetings like ‘Jai Shri Krishna’, bhajan sandhyas – being deployed.
Hridayesh Joshi’s novel, the first in recent years on the Naxal conflict, reads almost like a granular report of the battlefield as it probes the meaning of love and war, life and democracy.
Freedom Under Fire: C’Garh Judge Sacked after Tussle with MLA; 4 Gujarat Schools Make ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ a Rule
A round-up of news, both bad and good, on the rights front from India.
The court pulled up the Maharashtra government for opposing his bail
Sharmila Tagore reflects on the place of storytelling in the shared past and future of India and Pakistan.
A German legal scholar has been waiting 15 years for the Calcutta High Court to decide a contempt case against him. Until then, his 2001 book on the role of PILs in urban India cannot be distributed.
We have just witnessed a week of shame for ‘Mother India’, when democracy was reduced to rubble and the rule of law was left gasping for breath.
The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court has cancelled the bail application of Delhi University lecturer G.N. Saibaba and issued a contempt of court notice to the author, Arundhati Roy for writing an article in Outlook magazine criticising the charges against him. In my view, the court is wrong […]
Protestors send letter to the President and the Prime Minister expressing fears that institutions were being dismantled in the country
Can the Sahitya Akademi be pushed to take that one step across the lakshman rekha which it has not taken until now – to prove they are separate from the state and can take an oppositional position when they see an arm of the state doing wrong?
A case of evil intent or lousy translation? Either way, the Fadnavis government’s circular to the police on when individuals can be charged with sedition is an assault on the right to free speech
Harsh Mander’s new book is a compelling and readable work that exposes the rigid inequalities of New India