VS Naipaul dies: Should India celebrate him?
Nobel Prize-winning novelist Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul passed away on Saturday in his London residence at the age of 85.
Such is his greatness that Naipaul is described as writer's writer. "Naipaul the writer's writer and one of the greatest writers of all time.Thanks for your profound books, your insights your magical prose," said Baldev Chauhan, a writer.
Naipaul's Indian trilogy is regarded as one of the best books written on India. Writes columnist Sadanand Dhume, "Says a lot that India never awarded the Bharat Ratna to someone widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s greatest writers, and one who described his ancestral homeland more acutely than virtually anybody."
"Vidia is gone. At any point, two or three of his books remained by my bedside. There is no one, I repeat, no one, who wrote like him. There has been no bigger influence than him, there will be no bigger influence than him," comments journalist Rahul Pandita.
Many feel Naipaul's assessment of India was right. "Woke up to the sad news about the death of V. S. Naipaul. Whatever else he was, Naipaul was always one thing - more often than not, right about India," tweets Hindol Sengupta.
But not all agree. There is this charge that Naipaul was not sympathetic towards colonized nations like Africa and even India. Writes activist Kavitha Krishnan, "Read Nissim Ezekiel's essay 'Naipaul's India and Mine' for a gentle but nonetheless sharp & insightful critique of Naipaul's prejudiced gaze."