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Suzanna Arundhati Roy is an Indian author best known for her novel The God of Small Things, which has won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. She is also a political activist involved in human rights and environmental causes.

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The God of Small Things, which ................ four years to write, is a semi-autobiographical novel that mostly captures her childhood experiences.

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The publication of The God of Small Things catapulted Roy to international fame. It received the Booker Prize for Fiction and was listed as one of the New York Times Notable Books of the Year for 1997.

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The God of Small Things received stellar reviews in major American newspapers, desribed as dazzling and extraordinary, but the response in the United Kingdom was less positive, with the novel being described as depressing and execrable.

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In India, the Chief Minister of Roy's home state Kerala, sharply criticised the book, especially for its unrestrained description of sexuality. As a result, Roy had to answer charges of obscenity.

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Since the publication of The God of Small Things in 1997, Roy ................ most of her time on political activism.

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She is a spokesperson of the anti-globalization/alter-globalization movement and a vehement critic of neo-imperialism and U.S. foreign policy, and she is against India's policies towards nuclear weapons and industrialization and ................ growth.

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In 2008, Arundhati Roy expressed her support for the independence of Kashmir from India after the massive demonstrations in 2008 in favour of independence in the Kashmir states of India for independence. According to her, the rallies were a sign that Kashmiris desire secession from India, and not union with India.

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Roy has campaigned against the Narmada dam project, saying that the dam will displace half a million people, with little or no compensation, and will not provide the projected irrigation, drinking water, and other benefits.

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In 2001, in an article in the British newspaper The Guardian, Arundhati Roy responded to the U.S. military invasion of Afghanistan in this way:

"When he announced the air strikes, President George Bush said: 'We're a peaceful nation.' America's favourite ambassador, Tony Blair, (who also holds the portfolio of prime minister of the UK), echoed him: 'We're a peaceful people.' So now we know. Pigs are horses. Girls are boys. War is peace."

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Once weapons were manufactured to fight wars.
Now wars are manufactured to sell weapons.

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Here is another, less dark, quote from Roy:

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.

Note: This post is based on this Wikipedia entry.