( June 22, 2017, Boston, Sri Lanka Guardian) Extended interview with Indian writer Arundhati Roy talking about her new novel “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness,” Kashmir, Donald Trump’s upcoming meeting with Indian President Narendra Modi, and two of Roy’s biggest inspirations—Eduardo Galeano and John Berger.
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AMYGOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman.
NERMEENSHAIKH: And I’m Nermeen Shaikh. Welcome to our listeners and viewers around the country and around the world.
Today we spend the hour with the acclaimed Indian writer Arundhati Roy. It’s been 20 years since her debut novel, The God of Small Things, made her a literary sensation. When the book won the Booker Prizer and became an international best-seller, selling over 6 million copies, Roy soon turned away from fiction. She became a leading critic of U.S. empire, the wars in the Middle East and the rise of Hindu nationalism in her home country of India. Her nonfiction books include The End of Imagination, Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers and Capitalism: A Ghost Story. In 2010, she faced possible arrest on sedition charges after publicly advocating for Kashmiri independence and challenging India’s claim that Kashmir is an integral part of India.