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Naipaul On Jyoti Basu

An interview with VS Naipaul led to some discussion on a mailing list I am on, till I realised it was an old--1999--interview with Outlook:

Who'd be your nominees for the three most significant Indians of this century? And why?

The first two are inescapable: Gandhi for awakening a country that had been torpid for centuries, Nehru for being a democrat and a humane man who did not abuse his power. I cannot think of a third figure of this stature and I would like instead in a spirit of mischief to nominate two buffoon figures who might stand as a warning to India of the dangers of mimicry. There is the half-witted Vinoba Bhave, the mimic mahatma. And there is Mr Basu in Calcutta, the mimic Marxist. I suppose when he goes his followers might want to embalm him like Lenin and put him on show in the Maidan.

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Naipaul On Jyoti Basu
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An interview with VS Naipaul led to some discussion on a mailing list I am on, till I realised it was an old--1999--interview with Outlook:

Who'd be your nominees for the three most significant Indians of this century? And why?

The first two are inescapable: Gandhi for awakening a country that had been torpid for centuries, Nehru for being a democrat and a humane man who did not abuse his power. I cannot think of a third figure of this stature and I would like instead in a spirit of mischief to nominate two buffoon figures who might stand as a warning to India of the dangers of mimicry. There is the half-witted Vinoba Bhave, the mimic mahatma. And there is Mr Basu in Calcutta, the mimic Marxist. I suppose when he goes his followers might want to embalm him like Lenin and put him on show in the Maidan.

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