Arundhati Roy

Profession: Author, Novelist, Activist


Brother of Arundhati Roy

Lalit Kumar Christopher Roy

Father of Arundhati Roy

Rajib Roy (A tea plantation manager)

Husband/Spouse of Arundhati Roy

Gerard da Cunha (Architect)
Pradip Krishen (independent filmmaker)

Mother of Arundhati Roy

Mary Roy (A women's rights activist)

Affairs/Boyfriends of Arundhati Roy

Gerard da Cunha (Architect)
Pradip Krishen (independent filmmaker)

Awards/Honours of Arundhati Roy

1989: National Film Award for Best Screenplay for the screenplay of "In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones."
1997: Booker Prize for her novel The God of Small Things.
2002: The Lannan Foundation's Cultural Freedom Award for her work about civil societies.
2003: Awarded "special recognition" as a Woman of Peace at the Global Exchange Human Rights Awards in San Francisco.
2004: The Sydney Peace Prize for her work in social campaigns and her advocacy of non-violence.
2006: The Sahitya Akademi Award by the Government of India for her collection of essays on contemporary issues, "The Algebra of Infinite Justice," but she declined to accept it.
2011: Awarded the Norman Mailer Prize for Distinguished Writing.
2014: Featured in the list of Time 100, the 100 most influential people in the world.

Controversies of Arundhati Roy

In 1994, she criticised Shekar Kapoor's film Bandit Queen and accused him of having distorted the story of Phoolan Devi. Her statement caused much controversy and peaked in a lawsuit.   In 1999, The Pachmarhi Special Area Development Authority (SADA) in Madhya Pradesh had served a "stop building" order on Arundhati Roy and her husband Krishen for building a house in the protected Pachmarhi area. The SADA notice said that under Section 16 of the state Town and Country Planning Act, 1973, the land use of Pachmarhi and its neighbouring areas had been frozen.   In 2001, she attracted controversy for calling convicted terrorist Mohammad Afzal a "prisoner-of-war." Mohammad Afzal aka Afzal Guru was convicted in the 2001 Indian Parliament Attack and was hanged in 2013.   In 2008, she was criticised by Salman Rushdie and others for linking the 2008 Mumbai Attacks with Kashmir and economic injustice against Muslims in India.   Roy has also attracted a controversy for her description of the Maoists as "Gandhians." In other statements, she has described Naxalites as patriots "of a kind" who are "fighting to implement the Constitution, (while) the government is vandalising it."   In 2010, she again attracted a controversy for her statement- "Kashmir has never been an integral part of India. It is a historical fact. Even the Indian government has accepted this." For this statement, Roy was also brought up on charges of sedition by the Delhi Police.   In 2011, she received criticism for criticising Anna Hazare's anti-corruption campaign.   In 2013, Roy raised a controversy by describing Narendra Modi's nomination for the prime ministerial candidate as a "tragedy".  

Information about Arundhati Roy

She returned to Delhi and started working at the National Institute of Urban Affairs.  Arundhati grew up in Kerala and was very much influenced by her mother, Mary, who was a lifetime campaigner for women's rights and the founder of a prominent school.  Roy s father was an alcoholic and when Arundhati was 2-years old, her parents divorced. Her mother brought Arundhati back to the family home in Kerala with her older brother, Lalit.  Her father was a tea plantation manager from Calcutta and her mother was a women's rights activist from Kerala.  Does Arundhati Roy drink alcohol?: Yes  She was born to a Bengali Hindu father and a Syrian Christian mother in Shillong, a hill village in the far north-east of India.  At the age of 16, she left home and enrolled in an architecture college in Delhi where she met architect Gerard da Cunha. The two lived together in Delhi, and then Goa, and then broke up.  Does Arundhati Roy smoke?: Yes 


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