Arundhati Roy is a celebrated fiction writer who had made waves across the globe with her novel, “God of small things”; a story that dealt with ‘sensitive’ topics, like race, religion and love. She has, lately, turned into a mammoth social activist using her wit, wisdom and dexterity with words to thrash
aspiring “empires”, be that of the US or India.
She visited Karachi, last Friday, on the invitation of an NGO. At Karachi press club she attended a program organized by a group of ‘feminist’ NGOs against Talibanization of the country. While speaking she said that her objective of visiting Pakistan was to understand ‘what exactly do you mean when you use the term Taliban”. She cautioned the audience to ‘not simplify what is complex and not complicate what is simple’.
Her opposition of the Narmada Valley Dam, a project that had jeopardized life and property of millions of impoverished communities in India, speaks volumes for her objectivity and determination. It is pertinent to note here that her frank statements rebuking the Indian brutalities in Indian occupied Kashmir had irked millions across India, including powerful politicians and opinion leaders.
Later, she addressed a press conference in which she said that future wars will be fought for water. She lamented the military activity on Siachin glacier, saying the glacier had reduced in size because of global warming, as well as military activity being carried out by the Indian and Pakistani armies. Responding to a question she said that the Indian establishment is as contaminated by the RSS (Rashtrya Sevak Sangh), as the Pakistani establishment is with pro – Taliban, Wahabi, forces.