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V.S. Naipaul

When VS Naipaul Was Bowled Over By Congress Leader Ram Niwas Mirdha

Aug 12, 2018 Outlook Web Bureau

Mirdha held several portfolios including external affairs, water resources, communication and textiles. He died in 2010.

V.S. Naipaul, Nobel Laureate And Novelist, Dead At 85

Aug 12, 2018 Outlook Web Bureau

Naipaul's early works focused on the West Indies, but came to encompass countries around the world, often focusing on the traumas of post-colonial change.


Naipaul And The Sikhs Of Argentina

Notes from a trip in 1976 through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.

V.S. Naipaul And The Hindu Gangsters Of Bombay

Aug 13, 2014 Ajith Pillai

'He had concluded, or had been told, that the mafia in the city was made up of Muslims and Muslims alone... Mr Naipaul kept thinking I had brought him to meet a Muslim gang'


Those Magnificent Invading Musical Muslims

Naipaul's views on Islam as well as their critique by Karnad show that Indian Islam continues to be reduced to chauvinistic or progressive clichés

02 November, 2012

Why Has Naipaul Been Honoured?

Girish Karnad

The noted playwright takes Landmark and Literature Alive to task: 'Do they mean to valorise Naipaul's stand that Indian Muslims are raiders and marauders? Are they supporting his continued insistence on Muslim buildings in India being monuments to


01 December, 2004

The Writer's World

Amit Chaudhuri

The discussion of writing in V.S. Naipaul's work is more than a literary discussion on technique and sensibility; it is a description of writing as a habitation, constantly struggled over, constantly fought for, constantly in the process of being cre


28 April, 2004

Does Willy Get It Wilfully Wrong?

Farrukh Dhondy

Or is it willy nilly? In any case, William Dalrymple's political project, his vaunted correction of V.S. Naipaul, is one within continuing Nehru 'secularism


08 March, 2004

What Sir Vidia Actually Said

Farrukh Dhondy

The encounter at the exit got the headlines, but not what transpired at the meeting ... Did he still condemn the killings in Gujarat? Was it an endorsement of the BJP? Does he approve of the attempt to demolish the Babri Masjid? Can a person of forei


27 February, 2004

Among The Believers

Aman Khanna

So what's the fuss about? It's not as if Arundhati Roy was invited to the RSS headquarters for a chintan baithak. And what did Sir Vidia say that was, coming from him, so spectacularly new or outrageous anyway?


21 January, 2004

Sir Vidia, The Poet

Bakwas Biswas

Patrick French hunts out Naipaul's 'lost' oeuvre -- four short stories, a radio play and the only poem he has ever written, broadcast from London to the West Indies just after his 18th birthday, Two Thirty A.M.


10 December, 2001

Two Worlds

V.S. Naipaul

Full text of the Nobel Lecture, December 7, 2001: "...as a child I had this sense of two worlds, the world outside that tall corrugated-iron gate, and the world at home - or, at any rate, the world of my grandmother's house..."


30 October, 2001

An Intellectual Catastrophe

Edward Said

Somewhere along the way Naipaul, in my opinion, himself suffered a serious intellectual accident. His obsession with Islam caused him somehow to stop thinking, to become instead a kind of mental suicide compelled to repeat the same formula over and o


26 October, 2001

Literary Liberal: Naipaul And The Infies

Shiraz Dossa

To Naipaul, the world is suffused with 'Infies' of all stripes: inferior, common, low class, vulgar, uncultivated, deluded and destructive folks. Dark people in dark, lush places appear to be the worst offenders...


15 October, 2001

'Pissing From A Great Height'

Sundeep Dougal

Sir Vidia never fails to deliver. At the opening of Cheltenham literature festival, our newest Nobel laureate (sorry, he's British, actually) was heard saying that he believed he had helped to educate India's people...


11 October, 2001

Finally

Sundeep Dougal

The Nobel Prize for Literature, the world's most prestigious and -- with a value of $ 943,000 -- richest literary award goes to Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Napaul. Also See: Intervie


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