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Arundhati Roy
Arundhati Roy is the author of The God of Small Things. Her most recent nonfiction book is Capitalism: A Ghost Story.

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Things That Can and Cannot Be Said

(44) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 11:41 AM

This post originally appeared as a four-part series at Outlook India.


Part I: Things That Can And Cannot Be Said
John Cusack


Every nation-state tends towards the imperial--that is the point. Through banks, armies, secret police, propaganda, courts and jails, treaties, taxes, laws...

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Why I Am Returning My Award

(30) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 10:50 AM

Although I do not believe that awards are a measure of the work we do, I would like to add the National Award for Best Screenplay that I won in 1989 to the growing pile of returned awards. Also, I want to make it clear that I am not returning...

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What Have We Done to Democracy?

(110) Comments | Posted September 27, 2009 | 7:02 PM

Cross-posted with

While we're still arguing about whether there's life after death, can we add another question to the cart? Is there life after democracy? What sort of life will it be? By "democracy" I don't mean democracy as an ideal or an aspiration. I mean the...

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9 Is Not 11

(117) Comments | Posted December 12, 2008 | 3:39 PM

Cross-posted from

We've forfeited the rights to our own tragedies. As the carnage in Mumbai raged on, day after horrible day, our 24-hour news channels informed us that we were watching "India's 9/11." And like actors in a Bollywood rip-off of an old Hollywood film, we're expected to...

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