INTRODUCTION Empire, The Great Indian Rape Trick-I,

INTRODUCTION
Arundhati Roy is one of the best-known representatives of the contemporary
generation of Indian writers who write in English. She has astonished the literary world
by winning the Booker Award for her novel The God of Small Things. Roy’s maiden novel
– The God of Small Things was greeted in 1997 by unprecedented attention from critics,
pundits and the media alike. Published in 1997, The God of Small Things quickly
skyrocketed Arundhati Roy to world wide critical and popular acclaim. The novel which
Roy wrote between 1992 and 1996, has sold over 6 million copies and has been
translated in 40 languages.
The works of Arundhati Roy are challenging and richly reward the critics who
explore their depths. The relevance of the study lies in the fact how power operates and
hegemonic forces always remain active through different agencies in order to contain
the subversive forces when they suffer threat to their existences. Arundhati Roy in her
novel – The God of Small Things as well as her collection of essays and speeches – The
Algebra of Infinite Justice, An Ordinary Person’s Guide Empire, The Great Indian Rape
Trick-I, The Great Indian Rape Trick-II, In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones and her
interviews has effectively presented such prevailing practices in society. The study
proposes to look into how these works (The God of Small Things, The Greater Common
Good and The End of Imagination) create a world and succeed in articulating social
oppression. All these works tell stories in a distinctive manner. Arundhati Roy’s fresh
perspectives on age old traditions created waves as rebellion against the social injustice
meted out to the downtrodden and to the women. The God of Small Things will be read
as a book, a book which becomes the voice of all those who are relegated to the
margins of the society.
More than sixty years have passed since India gained its political autonomy, but
the fact remains that the lower classes and women living in Indian society are yet to
witness freedom in truer sense. Inspite of continuous representation, legislations and
revolution, the weaker sections of the society continue to suffer and the powerful and
the privileged, though hypocrites and law breakers are rewarded.