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Naipaul's Historical Baggage

An evocative account of travels in Islamic Iran, Pakistan and Indonesia marred by a deep-seated bias

Naipaul's Historical Baggage
Naipaul's Historical Baggage
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IN the last week of 1899, a young indentured labourer, perhaps from the precarious tract of Gorakhpur south of the river Rapti—a coolie on the cane fields of Trinidad—took off his clothes and jumped into the sea, hoping illogically to swim the black waters all the way to Calcutta. He would have dreamt of hitching a train-ride up the Gangetic corridor to his village in Bansgaon tehsil, straddling the recently-unearthed remains of Buddhist sites, all now forgotten except in colonial archaeological reports and the meticulous notings of that great 7th century Chinese pilgrim, Hieun Tsang. The unnamed coolie was fished out by the Trinidad police and jailed for two weeks on charges of indecent exposure! His contemporary, one Laxman, twice gave the slip to the authorities in Guyana, returned to India under assumed names, and finding himself in an alien homeland, was desperate each time to come back to the sugar islands of the New World.

All this was much before the days of satellite communication and long distance affinity, for now bouquets and...

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