Arundhati Roy is an Indian novelist, activist, and world citizen. She won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her first novel The God of Small Things. Since winning the Booker Prize, she has concentrated her writing on political issues. These include the Narmada Dam project, India’s Nuclear Weapons, corrupt power company Enron‘s activities in India. She is a figurehead of the anti-globalization/alter-globalization movement and a vehement critic of neo-imperialism.
In response to India’s testing of nuclear weapons in Pokhran, Rajasthan, Roy wrote The End of Imagination, a critique of the Indian government’s nuclear policies. She has since devoted herself solely to nonfiction and politics, publishing two more collections of essays as well as working for social causes. Roy was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize in May 2004 for her work in social campaigns and advocacy of non-violence.
Roy’s long-awaited second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, was released in June 2017. Her third book, My Seditious Heart is a collection of nonfiction essays was released in 2019.