22 September, 2020

Anil Dharker

It is high time we healed the wounds of Indian civilisation by making Vidia an honorary Indian citizen, maybe even honour him with a Bharat Ratna.

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Anil Dharker

Some of us Mumbai celebrities have got a bit tired of appearing on page 3 of Mumbai Times, most often with a glass in our hands. That was when I decided to go all literary and began organising litfests. Wow! What fame this brought me, I am now constantly on TV and the print media. I have to thank my close friend and fellow celebrity for this, Sir Vidia Naipaul, who is not an Indian but is an Indian for all of us. I live in Mumbai which is in western India and naturally regard West Indian Vidia as an Indian. After all, we celebrity intellectuals must stick together and my litfest offered him a lifetime achievement award. Some of the non-celebrity intellectuals who never appear on page 3 holding champagne glasses were obviously upset and said nasty things about Sir Vidia, how he did not care for India nor like Muslims and such like. I can only say, balls. These critics cannot look beyond the likes of Tughlaq. 

Like all sensitive intellectuals, Sir Vidia is highly sensitive to the environment. He brought all this out in his earlier books about India being an...



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