Arundhati Roy has been one of the most prominent figures in literary and rights circles. You know her, of course.
While Roy presents herself as a champion of human rights (read naxals and terrorists), her mother practices segregation.
Mary Roy is the founder principal of Pallikoodam – a high school in Kottayam, Kerala. It is co-educational and is one of the best schools of the country.
This is a rule that is posted on the official website of the school:
A screenshot of the rules and regulations on the official website of the school. pallikoodam.org
The rule not only makes an unwarranted and objectionable character description of students but also encourages a system you might not find even in Islamic countries such as Pakistan.
This makes the school no different from the other varsities of the country where such condemnable diktats are commonplace. What is surprising is that despite a prominent media house
highlighting the truth, it hardly generated the kind of furore you see in cases where the institution is found to have any centrist or rightist links.
Arundhati Roy was in the news last year for supporting the ‘award wapsi’ brigade by returning her National Award for Best Screenplay she won in 1989 stating
that India is a country where “Whole populations — millions of Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims and Christians — are being forced to live in terror, unsure of when and from where the assault will come”.
She has been a staunch supporter of Naxals and has even defended their violent acts by saying that it is in reaction to Indian government’s corporate hunger.
In October 2010, Roy unabashedly said this (for which she was charged with sedition):
The Booker Prize winner has been a staunch critic of Mahatma Gandhi and once questioned why India names its educational institutions after a man who she called was “a person whose doctrine of nonviolence was based on the acceptance of a most brutal social hierarchy ever known, the caste system”.
Roy, who has always been against discrimination of any kind, has unsurprisingly not uttered a word on this discrimination practised by her own alma mater.