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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Naipaul Lets Fly, Again

Some of his comments from Brussels, where he was invited to be part of the India Festival:

"There is a fracture at this moment of great hope for India. A fracture in the country itself. It is possibly quite dangerous at the moment... [the consequences] could be a very radical kind of revolution - village against city."

"There is no tradition of reading in India. There is no tradition of contemporary literature. [Bengal apart] in the rest of India until quite recently people had no idea what books were for."

"Indians have no regard for museums. They stole even [Tagore's] Nobel medal."

On Gandhi's Indian Home Rule: "It's an absurdity. He knows nothing. He said he wrote it in two weeks. He is against everything that is modern in 1909."

"In India [caste] is having trouble at the moment because it rules politics. Foolish people think that the upper castes are oppressing the lower caste. It is the other way."

Finally, when asked if he could he live in India: "Naipaul paused for a moment, but his wife Nadira replied: 'Yes, quite happily, if we didn't have a cat. Our cat is an English cat. It is hard for it to live in India, but we can.' "


  • Mr Naipaul has expressed his angry views that the upper caste are being oppressed by the lower castes.Logically , he should be able to explain this in details. I heard he has a fathomless logic. Mere statements do not make any meaning. What are the factors which are behind this historical reversal ? And oppression of pious people !? What is the causation ?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:54 AM  

  • Naipaul has some absurd ideas about caste system of India.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:21 PM  

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