The greatest book in modern literature in my view is VS Naipaul’s “India: A Million Mutinies Now”. Naipaul, of course, is of Indian extraction. Yet, he lived most of his life in England, and for practical purposes, he’s an Englishman. Reading this book, I was struck by his deep insight into the Indian psyche, something that even Indian authors born and brought up in India cannot fathom. Reading the book, again, you understand that Naipaul is gifted with powers of insight most of us don’t possess, and that it is this power, in addition to his extraordinary skill in binging out the drama in the mundane, that sets him apart from other writers.
Anyways, here’s an excerpt from his “Beyond Belief”, to illustrate why Left-Libs hate this great writer so viscerally. Point-blank, no holds barred, no political correctness, and in such beautiful language too.
Islam is in its origins an Arab religion. Everyone not an Arab who is a Muslim is a convert. Islam is not simply a matter of conscience or private belief. It makes imperial demands. A convert’s worldview alters. His holy places are in Arab lands; his sacred language is Arabic. His idea of history alters. He rejects his own; he becomes, whether he likes it or not, a part of the Arab story. The convert has to turn away from everything that is his. The disturbance for societies is immense, and even after a thousand years can remain unresolved; the turning away has to be done again and again. People develop fantasies about who and what they are; and in the Islam of the converted countries there is an element of neurosis and nihilism. These countries can be easily set on the boil.