11 October 2018
The SOAS South Asia Institute was pleased to have hosted renowned Booker Prize-winning novelist, writer, and public commentator Arundhati Roy on 6th October 2018 in the newly refurbished Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre. Her lecture ‘Utmost Happiness and Utmost Sadness: The Diary of India Today’ was held in collaboration with the Noor Inayat Khan Trust who sponsor an annual lecture at SOAS called the Liberte series in honour of Noor Inayat Khan. Arundhati Roy’s talk stemmed from the title of her recent novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness and gave a critical account of recent developments taking place in India. Joined by Professor Shohini Ghosh from Jamia Millia University, the lecture was followed by a conversation between Roy and Ghosh in which Roy shared personal reflections on her journey as a writer alongside her more political non-fiction writing as an activist in witnessing and commenting on injustice in its myriad forms as she sees it today in India. Due to popular demand a live streaming event was held alongside the lecture.