The shore of Kozhikode witnessed an illustrious session ‘Fiction is Truth’ in which the prominent Indian English writer, Arundhati Roy voiced her views on the politics in fiction and the current socio-political conditions of India. Arundhati Roy being one of the fearless writers was welcomed with zeal by the crowd at Ezhuthola. In the 4th edition of KLF, Sohini Ghose who shared the dais with Arundhati Roy asked her about the process of writing fiction and non-fiction and also covered issues such as caste, media, politics, etc. as the areas of question.
Roy began by appreciating the spirit showcased by Team KLF in conducting another wonderful edition, though the team had faced serious criticism in the past for hosting controversial session of writer, activists and politicians who spoke against the conventions and evils of the society. “Fiction is like creating a universe and it is timeless,” she was quoted as saying. She strongly criticised that truth is getting distorted in the current political scenario of India and also added that every institution in the country is mentally corrupted and that India would never ever reach anywhere if keep institutionalising inequality.
She also marked her strong objection towards Gandhi’s views on cast and reservation claiming that, “Gandhi cannot be called Mahatma.” The talk ended with an active interactive session in which audience raised the most relevant questions to which her response was outstanding.