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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Some thoughts on Arundhati Roy





Again, today, I read a few lines from that beautiful work by Arundhati Roy “The God of small things”. It has been quite a long time, exactly it was in 1998 that I read this book for the first time. Roy got Booker prize for her first work in 1997. How fast time flies, I wonder. Today, when I read this book again it is still fascinating, charming and captivating.





Meanwhile through out all these years I have already gone through almost all of Roy’s non-fictional works. The last one I read was “Listening to the grasshoppers”. It was as relevant and meticulous a work as her first non-fiction work “The end of imagination” which she wrote in the aftermath of the Pokran nuclear test. Since then, how many political turmoils we have witnessed between India and Pakistan? How many innocent men have died? All for what?



The so called nuclear deterrent has not brought any solution to the standoff between the two neighbors. In fact it has increased it to further heights. The people of both countries are looking for peace. But some fanatics are there in both countries with their narrow divisive agenda to spoil any move towards peace. The Muslim extremists with their jihadi mindset in Pakistan and the Hindu extremists with their inhuman caste preserving mindset in India are the main culprits in this impasse.



The spread of Wahhabi extremism actually cultivated groups like Taliban and Al-Qaeda with the support of America, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. At first the sole aim of this alliance was to defeat the occupied forces of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. Once this target was achieved a realignment of interests took place where the creators and created fell apart and declared war against each other. Now when the chickens have come home to roost, when these groups have started to attack the ruling governments of both Pakistan and K.S.A, the ruling elites of these countries suddenly realize the dangerousness of the hydra-headed monster they created for making chaos in other countries. Jama’ate islami founder Maulana Maududi’s books and thoughts in the Indian subcontinent as well as Hassan al-Banna’s Islamic Brotherhood based in Egypt too contributed to the growth of religious fundamentalism.





The same goes for the Nazi-Sangh parivar in India too though they are not as global as the Jihadists in reach. The Indian establishment always showed a soft corner for the Desi-fascists. And they thrived on that to the extend that today there is no single department left in the administration where the RSS doesn’t have a hold. RSS and Al-Qaeda are the two sides of the same coin. They seek to implement their respective narrow minded medieval ideologies wherever they can get power. People of India and Pakistan need to become more alert and aware to defeat the designs of these evils before they destroy whatever remaining harmony of these continents.



Meanwhile, there is a great villain hiding between all this to fish in the muddied water. It is easy to guess, the US Empire with their great Christian-dom to come agenda. It is not hidden. This Chritiandom to come is nothing but a vast corporate empire who wants to loot all the remaining resources of other countries so that they can become yet fatter



It is in this context that Arundhati Roy’s works becomes a beacon of truth and conscience which cannot be allowed to lose completely in this insane world. Another world is possible. A really secular, all faith tolerant, free world where innocent will not die in false encounters, men and women would wear what they like, where no fanatics will find any appeasement from the ruling government.


The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things (1997) is a semi-autobiographical, politically charged novel. It is a story about the childhood experiences of a pair of fraternal twins who become victims of circumstance. The book is a description of how the small things in life build up, translate into people's behavior and affect their lives. The book won the Booker Prize in 1997.







The God of Small Things is Roy's first book, and as of 2006, is her only novel. Completed in 1996, the book took four years to write. The quality of the writing was first recognized by Pankaj Mishra, an editor with HarperCollins, who sent it to three British publishers. Roy received half-a-million pounds (approx. $970,000 USD) in advances, and rights to the book were sold in 21 countries.



Links to download free and read some of the works by Arundhati Roy

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3 comments:

abc said...

good writeup

Thunderbolt said...

I know you are big fan of Arundhati Roy. The views you are expressed is really relevant and you used a high quality language. Good one, Keep it! Cheers.

Shukoor said...

Thanks... It's timely for me. I just have 'God of small things' and going to sit on it.