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William Dalrymple

Posted On May 31, 2014By SandeepIn Commentary

To the White Mughal and his Lies

Dear Willie, Forgive me for using that endearment, which I came to understand recently is reserved for those close to you. I had initially started out my salutation as “Dear Mr. William Dalrymple, Sir” given that you are the inheritor of the Great British Raj—indeed, your illustrious bloodline had a judge, a no mean position to decorate during those imperial days. But then you claim in your numerous books and essays that you have immense love for this land, its people, customs, diversity, and the rest of the good stuffRead More
Pick a name. Pick any name from the loathsome galaxy of the Politically Correct Sissies that I listed in the Part 1. Let’s start with the head honcho, the White Mughal himself. Hartosh Singh Bal’s searing piece elicited the predictable accusation of racism from the stung Mughal. Bal called the Mughal’s racist bluff telling him he doesn’t know what racism really means. Badly beaten, the Mughal slunk away muttering a “regret.” School day lessons work: a bully will never bother you again if you hit back with equal or greaterRead More
There’s nothing literary about the Jaipur Literary Festival. It’s as political as political is. The list of who’s who that make up its firmament year after year reads like the Forbes List of Liberal Fundamentalists.  Perhaps Dalrymple’s List of Liberal Fundamentalists is a more accurate phrase. What “literature” have Shobaa De, Manil Suri, Pankaj Mishra, Ashis Nandy, Sonia Falerio, Suketu Mehta, Annie Zaidi, Anurag Mathur, and Tarun Tejpal written? Here’s a sample of the kind of “literary” discussions you get at that “festival:” political trash, milking the victimhood mammary, non-existentRead More