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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.

-July'' 2010

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