India: A Wounded Civilization - 1976

Michael Rogers in his very brief review highlights that Naipaul returns “to his roots to discover how the country’s tumultuous past was still impacting and shaping its future.” Vishnupriya Sengupta perceptively notes: “The work hinges on his belief that the Muslim rule of India, which spanned five or six centuries, destroyed much of Hindu India. The wounded civilization is seen as a society his forefathers belonged to, that has been historically mutated, truncated and damaged by an intolerant Islam.” Adina Paicu looks at the themes of hybridity and alienation in Naipaul’s books on India.