My favorite Indian personality, Arundhat Roy, will turn 53 on November 24, 2014. Happy Birthday dear and many returns.
Arundhati Roy, is one of the most controversial non-political women in India. She is hated by both Hindu extremists (Hindutva) and the organized Jewry due to her support for non-Hindu minorities in India and the Palestinians. Commenting on Narendra Modi becoming India’s prime minister, she called it bad news for India.
Arundhati Roy, was born to a Hindu father and a Christian mother. She became homeless at 16 and survived selling empty bottles. Roy received Sydney Peace Prize in May 2004. In January 2006, she declined Sahitya Akademy Award for her collection of essays, The Algebra of Infinite Justice. In June 2005, Roy was a panelist at World Tribunal on Iraq.
Like Arundhati Roy, professor William M. Methew (University of East Anglia) also accuses British colonial power of cheating Arabs for the powerful Jewish Lobby. British government promised Ottoman Governor of Makkah, Sharif Husein, in 1915 that if he sides with British against Ottoman Turkey, all Arab lands under Ottoman rule once liberated, would be handed over to Arabs.
Roy is a strong critic of India’s occupation of state of Jammu & Kashmir, country’s nuclear ambitions and Capitalism. She has been harassed and persecuted by India’s security agencies for accusing Indian government of conducting terrorism against its own people. For her fearless campaigns, Roy has been called a “crusader” in national interests by many human rights activists in India. On October 28, 2010, AFP editor Anuj Chopra, wrote at the neoconservative Foreign Policy (FP): “India cannot muzzle Roy’s voice – and that of Kashmiris – if it is to call itself a real democracy.”
Nothing has ever stopped her in voicing her opinion about Hinduism, and even the Father of India, Mahatma Gandhi. In an introduction to Annihilation of Caste, she said: “The reason Gandhi was outraged and the reason Gandhi was sitting in White-only was he believed that it was below the dignity of privileged-caste Indians sitting with Black (low-caste) people. The man who could not even bear to share an entrance to a post office with “kaffirs” (Blacks) now had to share a prison cell with them.”
At the Jew York Times, November 3, 2001, Roy wrote: “I’m a woman who is a granddaughter of a lady who used to be beaten on the head by her husband, of a mother who went through hell because she was divorced and had to bring-up these kids. And I can take ten men out to lunch and pay the bill, and nobody even thinks twice about it. So don’t mess with me.”
Watch below a fast-paced 64-minute documentary, WE, by Arundhati Roy that covers the world politics of power, war, corporations, deception and exploitation.