Essential Reads | Arundhati Roy takes the Saint to The Doctor

Editor | Politics
Arundhati Roy’s The Doctor and the Saint continues to educate us the meaning of equality and basic human rights through her close study of the two stalwarts of the Indian freedom movement.
To best understand and address the inequality in India today, Arundhati Roy insists we must examine both the political development and influence of M.K. Gandhi, and why B.R. Ambedkar’s brilliant challenge to his near-divine status was suppressed by India’s elite. In Roy’s analysis, we see that Ambedkar’s fight for justice was systematically sidelined in favour of policies that reinforced caste, resulting in the current nation of India: independent of British rule, globally powerful and marked to this day by the caste system.
Cornel West, author of The African-American Century, said: “Arundhati Roy is one of the few great revolutionary intellectuals in our time . . . courageous, visionary and erudite . . . The Doctor and the Saint puts a spotlight on the great B.R. Ambedkar, who is wrongly overshadowed by Gandhi. In short, Roy is a grand figure who challenges us all!.”

About The author: Arundhati Roy studied architecture. She is the author of The God of Small Things, for which she received the 1997 Booker Prize, and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, both of which have been translated into more than forty languages worldwide. She has written several non-fiction books, including The Algebra of Infinite Justice, Listening to Grasshoppers and Broken Republic. She is the recipient of the 2002 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize, the 2015 Ambedkar Sudar Award and the 2015 Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Award. She lives in Delhi.

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