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Arundhati Roy’s The Greater Common Good: Dams, Development, and Democracy in India

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By Paige Johnson Tan

Arundhati Roy, a contemporary writer from India, is best known globally for her Booker Prize- winning novel The God of Small Things (1997). In addition to being a celebrated novelist, Roy is also a passionate activist who rails against globalization, multinational corporations, alleged US global hegemony, Hindu-Muslim violence. nuclear weapons, and of course, big dams. The following essay is an account of how I use one of Roy”s works in conjunction with a variety of’ other materials to teach contemporary India, development issues, and perhaps most important, critical thinking skills.