Arundhati Roy delivers lecture on
Globalization and Human Rights at UoH
Hyderabad|India|July'2010: Arundhati Roy, Human Rights activist and
Booker Prize Awardee delivered a lecture on Globalization and Human Rights
on the University of Hyderabad campus. Speaking to packed audience, Smt.
Roy said that today in our country Human Rights are being blatantly
violated. The conditions of Workers, the Minorities and Dalits are
pitiable and they need to be addressed immediately for the betterment of
our nation. The demolition of Babri Masjid hurt the sentiments of the
Muslim community and those memories will not be erased from their minds
for a very long time to come.
Smt. Roy said that the Globalization had caused poverty and misery to the
common man. The people are realizing these problems and are aware of the
ways and means of dealing with such kind of problems.
Arundhati Roy is an English writer and an activist who focuses on issues
related to social justice and economic inequality. She won the Booker
Prize in 1997 for her novel, The God of Small Things, and has also written
two screenplays and several collections of essays. For her work as an
activist she received the Cultural Freedom Prize awarded by the Lannan
Foundation in 2002. Smt. Roy was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize in May
2004 for her work in social campaigns and her advocacy of non-violence.
She was also awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, a national award from
India's Academy of Letters, for her collection of essays on contemporary
issues, The Algebra of Infinite Justice, but she declined to accept it "in
protest against the Indian Government toeing the US line by 'violently and
ruthlessly pursuing policies of brutalization of industrial workers,
increasing militarization and economic neo-liberalization.”