Date: 1961 - Present
Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Medium: Public Art
Artist: Arundhati Roy
Confronting Bodies: Government court of India
Dates of Action: March, 2002
Location: Narmada Valley, India
Description of Artwork: The award-winning novelist, Arundhati Roy, suggested that a government panel sought to "muzzle dissent." This came while he voiced his opposition to the erection of a dam that was also protested by local farmers.
The Incident: Protesters in the Narmada Valley feared that their homes could be flooded if the dam is built. Roy stood beside the protesters in their objection.
Results of Incident: Roy was jailed for one day, after Justice RP Sethi said that the freedom of speech did not grant anyone license to scandalize the court or lower its dignity.
Source: Frontline, BBC[[Category:21st century