INTRODUCTIONArundhati Roy is one of the best-known representatives of the contemporarygeneration of Indian writers who write in English.
She has astonished the literary worldby 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 quicklyskyrocketed Arundhati Roy to world wide critical and popular acclaim. The novel whichRoy wrote between 1992 and 1996, has sold over 6 million copies and has beentranslated in 40 languages.
The works of Arundhati Roy are challenging and richly reward the critics whoexplore their depths. The relevance of the study lies in the fact how power operates andhegemonic forces always remain active through different agencies in order to containthe subversive forces when they suffer threat to their existences. Arundhati Roy in hernovel – The God of Small Things as well as her collection of essays and speeches – TheAlgebra of Infinite Justice, An Ordinary Person’s Guide Empire, The Great Indian RapeTrick-I, The Great Indian Rape Trick-II, In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones and herinterviews has effectively presented such prevailing practices in society. The studyproposes to look into how these works (The God of Small Things, The Greater CommonGood and The End of Imagination) create a world and succeed in articulating socialoppression. 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 injusticemeted out to the downtrodden and to the women. The God of Small Things will be readas a book, a book which becomes the voice of all those who are relegated to themargins of the society.More than sixty years have passed since India gained its political autonomy, butthe fact remains that the lower classes and women living in Indian society are yet towitness freedom in truer sense. Inspite of continuous representation, legislations andrevolution, the weaker sections of the society continue to suffer and the powerful andthe privileged, though hypocrites and law breakers are rewarded.