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The Tribune -- Chandigarh, India -- Tuesday January 10, 2006

Arundhati Roy wins literary prize


New Delhi, January 9

"The Algebra of Infinite Justice", a collection of essays by writer Arundhati Roy on the hubris of the rich and the powerful and the plight of the poor and the homeless, was today selected for the 2005 Sahitya Akademi Award in English.

The book of political essays written between January 1, 2001, and December 31, 2003, was the "unanimous"
choice of a jury comprising members Prof Bhalchandra Nemade, Mr Samik Bandhyopadhyay and Ms Vrinda Nabar. Akademi president Gopi Chand Narang approved the recommendation today.

Ms Roy will receive the award at a special function here on February 21, Akademi Secretary K Satchidanandan said. The award comprises a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque and a cheque for Rs 50,000.


The Hindu -- Tuesday January 10 2005
Award for Arundhati Roy
Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Booker Prize-winner Arundhati Roy has been awarded the 2005 Sahitya Akademi Award in English for her book of essays, `The Algebra of Infinite Justice.' The award, recommended by a three-member jury, was approved on Monday by Akademi president Gopi Chand Narang.

According to a release issued by the Akademi, the collection of essays was a unanimous recommendation for the award given to books first published between January 2001 and December 2003. Ms. Roy will be presented the award, comprising a plaque and a cash component of Rs. 50,000, at a function here on February 21.