Born on 24 November 1961, winner of Booker Award, writer of many screen plays and the most controversial writer from India Arundhati Roy is also a women's rights activist.Yet she has won the Booker award but her most of the novels are considered controversial in India.
Arundhati Roy was one of the contributors on the book We Are One: A Celebration of Tribal Peoples, released in October 2009. The book explores the culture of peoples around the world, portraying their diversity and the threats to their existence. The royalties from the sale of this book go to the indigenous rights organization Survival International.
Her controversial Novels are:
India's nuclear weaponisation
2001 Indian Parliament attack
Criticism of Sri Lanka
Views on the Naxals
The Muthanga incident
United States foreign policy, the War in Afghanistan
Support for Kashmiri separatism
Sardar Sarovar Project
As the name indicates all these novels are based on social and political issues so all these created many controversies.She is a spokesperson of the anti-globalization/alter-globalization movement and a vehement critic of neo-imperialism and of the global policies of the United States. She also criticizes India's nuclear weapons policies and the approach to industrialization and rapid development as currently being practiced in India, including the Narmada Dam project and the power company Enron's activities in India.
She has many award including "Booker Award" for the Novel The God of The Small Things.The God of Small Things received stellar reviews in major American newspapers and in Canadian publications. By the end of the year, it had become one of the five best books of 1997 by TIME. Critical response in the United Kingdom was less positive, and that the novel was awarded the Booker Prize caused controversy; Carmen Callil, a 1996 Booker Prize judge, called the novel "execrable," and The Guardian called the contest "profoundly depressing." In India, the book was criticized especially for its unrestrained description of sexuality by E. K. Nayanar, then Chief Minister of Roy's homestate Kerala, where she had to answer charges of obscenity.The book is semi-autobiographical and a major part captures her childhood experiences in Aymanam. So it received the 1997 Booker Prize for Fiction and was listed as one of the New York Times Notable Books of the Year for 1997.
Her other books are:
The End of Imagination
The Algebra of Infinite Justice
Listening to Grasshoppers
The Shape of the Beast
Public Power in the Age of Empire
Introduction to 13 December, a Reader: The Strange Case of the Attack on the Indian Parliament. New Delhi
The Greater Common Good. Bombay: India Book Distributor, 1999
The Cost of Living