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Naipaul And India

How the area of darkness became a wounded civilisation where, eventually, were found a million mutinies

Naipaul And India
Naipaul And India
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1962

By 1962, Nehru was old and ailing, and the glitter of freedom and the Congress party's revolution was fading. For all his five-year plans, India was still painfully poor. The national mood of fatigue coincided with the arrival on India's shores of its doubly displaced son Vidia Naipaul, whose approach to his ancestral land had been decided years before. Aged barely 17, he had written to his sister Kamla, then studying at Benares Hindu University: "I am glad you told off those damned inefficient, scheming Indians. I am planning to write a book about these damned people and the wretched country of theirs, exposing their detestable traits. Grill them on everything." Now it was time for Vidia to write that book, to grill them on everything: An Area of Darkness was the result, offering a passionate analysis of what was wrong and right with the...

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