Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy is the author of many books, including The God of Small Things (1997), for which she won the Booker Prize for Fiction, and Capitalism: A Ghost Story (2014). This is a transcript from Roy’s talk titled “Caste, Capitalism, Democracy and a Bit of History” given on the occasion of the Global Intellectual History Series and organized by the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, on 25 November 2014. With special thanks to the seminar’s convenor, Dr. Shruti Kapila.

The Scourge of Caste

Arundhati Roy recounts the political legacy of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, a leader of India's national movement, and Gandhi's greatest political adversary. Roy argues that Gandhi was in fact a "great defender" of the caste system, "a system that can only be maintained through the egregious application of violence", and which is "the engine that runs India".