Arundhati Roy: Azadi
Broadcast in conversation on her new book of essays, Azadi, the author and activist reflects on what it means to be free in a post-pandemic world.
‘Azadi’ is the Urdu word for ‘freedom’, and is the slogan chanted by Kashmiris against Indian occupation. Ironically, it also became the protest cry of millions demonstrating on the streets of India against Hindu nationalism.
As Arundhati Roy began to ask what lay between these two calls for freedom, all sides fell silent, when coronavirus brought the world to a halt.
Drawing on this timely series of essays, Arundhati Roy reflects on the nature of freedom against a backdrop of growing authoritarianism.
In conversation with Razia Iqbal, she explores topics that encompass the relationship between public and private language, and the role that fiction and imagination can play in these troubling times.
Despite the devastation wreaked by the pandemic, Arundhati Roy also invites us to see it as an opportunity to imagine a better world.
Arundhati Roy is the author of The God of Small Things, which won the Booker Prize in 1997 and has been translated into more than 40 languages, and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2017.
Roy has also published several works of non-fiction, including The Algebra of Infinite Justice, Listening to Grasshoppers and Broken Republic.
This event is pre-recorded exclusively for the Southbank Centre.
Presented in partnership with Penguin Live.
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