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Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy is a prominent Indian author, novelist, and social activist.


Arundhati Roy was born on Friday, 24 November 1961 (age 60 years; as of 2021) in Shillong, Assam (present-day Meghalaya), India. Her zodiac sign is Sagittarius. Her hometown is at Aymanam, Kottayam, Kerala, India. She received her school education at Corpus Christi High School (now, Pallikoodam), Kottayam, Kerala, India, and Lawrence School, Lovedale, Nilgiri, Tamil Nadu, India. Later, she went on to the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi to obtain a Degree in Architecture.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 4″

Weight (approx.): 55 kg

Hair Colour: Salt & Pepper

Eye Colour: Black


Sachin Tendulkar belongs to a Maharashtrian Brahmin family.

Parents & Siblings

Her father’s name was Rajib Michael Roy who was a tea plantation manager. Her mother’s name is Mary Roy, and she is a women’s rights activist.

Arundhati Roy with her mother

Arundhati Roy with her mother

She has a brother named Lalit Kumar Christopher Roy.

Arundhati Roy's Brother Lalit Kumar Christopher Roy

Arundhati Roy’s Brother Lalit Kumar Christopher Roy

Husband & Children



Her father belonged to a Bengali Hindu family, and her mother belongs to a Syrian Christian family.




Arundhati Roy's Signature

Arundhati Roy’s Signature




  • In 1994, she attracted controversy when she blamed Shekhar Kapoor for producing the film Bandit Queen, the story related to the life of Phoolan Devi. She filed a suit against him in court for contorting the real-life incidents of Phoolan Devi.
  • In 1999, Arundhati Roy was given an order for the demolition of illegal construction of her house at the Pachmarhi Special Area Development Authority (SADA) in Madhya Pradesh. Arundhati Roy and her husband Krishen were building a house in the protected Pachmarhi area and they were issued a stop building order by the court under Section 16 of the state Town and Country Planning Act, 1973. The land that was illegally used was later on frozen by the government.
  • In 2001, the convicted terrorist Mohammad Afzal was called a “prisoner-of-war” by Arundhati Roy. he was also known as Afzal Guru. He was convicted in 2001 for the attack on the Indian Parliament and was hanged in 2013.
  • Salman Rushdie and other renowned Indian intellectuals blamed Arundhati Roy for connecting the 2008 Mumbai Attacks with Kashmir. She was also criticised for making the statement that there was an economic injustice against Muslims in India.
  • In 2010, she attracted controversy when she described the Maoists as “Gandhians,” and also called them “Naxalites, the patriots “of a kind.” She further stated that these “Naxalists were fighting to implement the Constitution of India while the Indian government is vandalising it.”  She said in an interview,

    The Naxal movement could be nothing but an armed struggle. I am not supporting violence. But I am also completely against contemptuous atrocities-based political analysis. It ought to be an armed movement. Gandhian way of opposition needs an audience, which is absent here. People have debated long before choosing this form of struggle.”

    In 2010, Arundhati gave a statement,

    Kashmir has never been an integral part of India. It is a historical fact. Even the Indian government has accepted this.”

    She was arrested on sedition charges by the Delhi Police on her above controversial statement.

  • In 2011, Arundhati criticised Anna Hazare for making anti-corruption campaigns following which she was criticised for her statement. She said about Anna Hazare,

    For completely different reasons, and in completely different ways, you could say that the Maoists and the Jan Lokpal Bill have one thing in common — they both seek the overthrow of the Indian State. One working from the bottom up, by means of an armed struggle, waged by a largely adivasi army, made up of the poorest of the poor. The other, from the top down, by means of a bloodless Gandhian coup, led by a freshly minted saint, and an army of largely urban, and certainly better off people.”

  • In 2013, Roy described Narendra Modi’s nomination for the prime ministerial post as a “Tragedy,” and attracted controversy. In an interview, she stated,

    The corporates are backing whoever seems the most militaristic and aggressive, which at the moment is Narendra Modi. I’ve been asked many times what I would feel if Modi were to become the Prime Minister. But I say that the tragedy has already happened. The tragedy is that such a man was nominated to become the Prime Minister.”

  • In December 2019, Arundhati Roy was registered under sections 295A, 504, 153 and 120B of IPC by Delhi Police under the Indian Penal Code for appealing people at Delhi University to mislead the authorities who would the National Population Register
  • urged people to mislead authorities during the upcoming enumeration by the National Population Register, which she said can serve as a database for the National Register of Citizens.

Awards, Honours, Achievements

  • 1989: National Film Award for Best Screenplay for the screenplay of “In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones.”
  • 1997: Booker Prize for her novel The God of Small Things.
  • 2002: The Lannan Foundation’s Cultural Freedom Award for her work about civil societies.
  • 2003: Awarded “special recognition” as a Woman of Peace at the Global Exchange Human Rights Awards in San Francisco.
  • 2004: The Sydney Peace Prize for her work in social campaigns and her advocacy of non-violence.
  • 2006: The Sahitya Akademi Award by the Government of India for her collection of essays on contemporary issues, “The Algebra of Infinite Justice,” but she declined to accept it.
  • 2011: Awarded the Norman Mailer Prize for Distinguished Writing.
  • 2014: Featured in the list of Time 100, the 100 most influential people in the world.


  • She also goes by the name Suzanna Arundhati Roy.
  • In her leisure time, Arundhati adores cycling, reading, writing, travelling.

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