Letter to the Editor-I
By Javaid Sultan
Arundhati Roy, an Indian author born in 1961 is best known for her novel “The God of Small Things”. This novel won laurels and fame for her in 1997.Besides publishing this book, Roy has spent most of her time in political activism and nonfiction .She is also holding a key position in some globalized movements .Roy has opposed India’s policy towards nuclear weapon and is openly supportive of the Kashmiri movement. In 2008, in an Interview with the Times Of India , this renowned author expressed her support for the Independence of Kashmir ,after massive demonstrations when roads flooded with rallies over the Amaranth row.
Arundhati Roy has always mentioned that India is an “occupying force in Kashmir” and is wielding power through the barrel of the gun. Roy has written many essays in favour of the Kashmir Struggle. She has analyzed that Kashmir is a wretched existence. In 2011, Roy wrote a piece “The Dead Begin to Speak Up in India ” where she also mentioned that Kashmir is already free country with its own visa regime. It is cut off from the outside world by two concentric rings of border patrols. She always opined that the ultimate right over Kashmir belonged to Kashmiris,and independence is what they wanted ,their choice must be respected .This statement made her the cheer lady of Kashmiri people. At the time of crisis it was only Arundathi Roy who contested Afzal Guru’s conviction and analyzed it as case based on flimsy evidence. She said that the decision was taken hastily and in unjustified manner.
In a fresh development , BJP MP and Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal tweeted in a tasteless and misogynist manner on the micro blogging site(@SirPareshRawal) ,insinuating that the booker winner author should be tied to an army jeep instead of a stone pester, in reference to the 9th April by poll incident at Budgam district. This tweet has taken the people throughout India and the world by storm and has been referred to as an act of arrogance and misrule. This statement of Paresh was in reference to the Roy’s recent statement that even if India increases its military footprint from Seven lakh to 70 lakh in Kashmir, it wouldn’t be able to hold on Kashmir. This tweet has drawn condemnation from various users of this social media platform. Roy is not only a novelist but her role is that of an acknowledged activist of social justice. Being an author, she has roped every corner, beautifully and effectively shown the plight of women in Indian Society. She has symbolized and decorated roles in her fiction in such a manner that they seem so close and relevant to this society. Roy has taken up the issue of feminism to fight for their identity and economic and social freedom. This lady author has made her home in the hearts of millions of people in the country and abroad by the magic of her pen and fight for social justice. Hence, such remarks especially to a woman , on the basis of ideological differences pose thousands of questions everywhere.
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