Mirdha held several portfolios including external affairs, water resources, communication and textiles. He died in 2010.
Naipaul's early works focused on the West Indies, but came to encompass countries around the world, often focusing on the traumas of post-colonial change.
Notes from a trip in 1976 through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.
'He had concluded, or had been told, that the mafia in the city was made up of Muslims and Muslims alone... Mr Naipaul kept thinking I had brought him to meet a Muslim gang'
Naipaul's views on Islam as well as their critique by Karnad show that Indian Islam continues to be reduced to chauvinistic or progressive clichés
The noted playwright takes Landmark and Literature Alive to task: 'Do they mean to valorise Naipaul's stand that Indian Muslims are raiders and marauders? Are they supporting his continued insistence on Muslim buildings in India being monuments to
The discussion of writing in V.S. Naipaul's work is more than a literary discussion on technique and sensibility; it is a description of writing as a habitation, constantly struggled over, constantly fought for, constantly in the process of being cre
The encounter at the exit got the headlines, but not what transpired at the meeting ... Did he still condemn the killings in Gujarat? Was it an endorsement of the BJP? Does he approve of the attempt to demolish the Babri Masjid? Can a person of forei
So what's the fuss about? It's not as if Arundhati Roy was invited to the RSS headquarters for a chintan baithak. And what did Sir Vidia say that was, coming from him, so spectacularly new or outrageous anyway?
Patrick French hunts out Naipaul's 'lost' oeuvre -- four short stories, a radio play and the only poem he has ever written, broadcast from London to the West Indies just after his 18th birthday, Two Thirty A.M.
Full text of the Nobel Lecture, December 7, 2001: "...as a child I had this sense of two worlds, the world outside that tall corrugated-iron gate, and the world at home - or, at any rate, the world of my grandmother's house..."
Somewhere along the way Naipaul, in my opinion, himself suffered a serious intellectual accident. His obsession with Islam caused him somehow to stop thinking, to become instead a kind of mental suicide compelled to repeat the same formula over and o
To Naipaul, the world is suffused with 'Infies' of all stripes: inferior, common, low class, vulgar, uncultivated, deluded and destructive folks. Dark people in dark, lush places appear to be the worst offenders...
Sir Vidia never fails to deliver. At the opening of Cheltenham literature festival, our newest Nobel laureate (sorry, he's British, actually) was heard saying that he believed he had helped to educate India's people...
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar offers prayers at a temple situated on the Mandar mountain in Banka district.PTI Photo
Actress and Trinamool Congress MP Mimi Chakraborty at the launch of a collection of jewelleries, ahead of Durga Puja festivals, in Kolkata.PTI Photo
People Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti addresses a press conference at the party office in Jammu.PTI Photo
Jammu & Kashmir Public Health Engineering (PHE) daily wagers shout slogans during a protest over their various demands, in Jammu.PTI Photo
Bollywood actors Rajniesh Duggal, Akansha Puri, Niharica Raizada, Sajjad Dalfarooz and Dilbar during a press conference for announcement of a web series, in Srinagar.PTI Photo
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