Arundhati Roy (b. 1961) is an Indian author and political activist best known for her novel “The God of Small Things” (2007) and for her involvement in human rights and environmental causes. She is a staunch anti-globalist and sees American-style capitalism as the culprit of much of the world’s violence. She sees the arms industry, the oil industry, the major media networks and US foreign policy as all being controlled by the same business combines and acting in self-interest, often claiming its legitimacy directly from God. She also actively speaks out against nuclear weapons and against oppressive policies of regional governments (India, Sri Lanka).
For today, consider her words: “It’s odd how those who dismiss the peace movement as utopian don’t hesitate to proffer the most absurdly dreamy reasons for going to war: To stamp out terrorism, install democracy, eliminate fascism, and most delusionally, to ‘rid the world of evil doers.’”