BOOKS OF YESTERDAY AND TODAY: A Hindu in Albion. The Nobel Naipaul and the migrant destiny

Theresa Gil

In what way can the change of the prime minister of England impact Mexico and the other countries of the world? The situation is diverse despite the globalized world and, of course, it has a greater impact on those who still depend on English colonization. Those countries, 15, although there may be more, due to the commonwealth of nations that is still growing green, breathed easy after the death of Queen Elizabeth, because the exercise of her power continued with her. Although apparently it will continue with Carlos III. In Mexico the situation is diverse, but we must not forget that our gold is there, after seeing the shady handling of gold in Venezuela. But there is a case that appears in the minds of many, that of Julian Assange, in the midst of the precipitous decline of the United Kingdom, with social and economic problems, who can take hold of a world case to raise his head. Rishi Sunak, a millionaire in power who had already been with the bizarre Boris Johnson, has spoken above all about the economy, but it is not known how far he can go. The Indian population, which represents 9.6 percent, has characters who have played an important role, especially in culture and there are in all these sectors, but more so in the Nobel Prizes for literature, which appear on the list in England, awarded to that country, from another nationality. Among them is the first Hindu Nobel Prize winner in that country, Rudyard Kipling in 1907, Rabindranath Tagore in 1913 and more recently, Vidjadhar Surajprasad (V. S) Naipaul, in 2001.


The faces of migrants or their descendants appear throughout the world as part of the evolution that occurs in a common situation, the adaptation, good or bad, of those who arrive. But when there has been colonization, it is expressed even if you were born in the dominant country. Apparently this is not the case for the future Prime Minister of England, Rishi Sunak, who was born in that country, in Southampton in 1980, when his Hindu family, who migrated from Africa in 1960, had a residence already defined to send their son to the best schools. This is not the case of others who are not lucky enough to find a multimillionaire as their father-in-law and live in the precarious conditions of those who have been taken in. Like the 1907 Nobel Prize winner, Rudyard Kipling, who lived a sad childhood in that country to which he had been sent at the age of six to study. Or like Tagore, English Nobel Prize winner in 1913, who only lived in England for a short time, because he did not coincide with the ways of being of the English who opposed his Hinduism. The last Nobel laureate of Hindu origin, Naipaul, was actually born in Chaguanas Trinidad, to a Hindu migrant family, and although he became a Knight of the Order of the British Empire, he always clung to his migrant past and the treatment received by the many families who they had migrated from India to that area of ​​the Caribbean. The literature of the three Nobels mentioned is expressed in different ways and in one such as Kipling, the accent on the colonization suffered stands out, as was mentioned here, recently, with his work The Man Who Wanted to Be King. Naipaul clings to his past as a colonized migrant family and to that uprooting imposed on the many Hindu families who lived under the rule of England. The three Nobels mentioned were journalists at the time.


The singularity of A House for Mr. Biswas (Random House Mondadori 2004) is the obsession that the Hindu protagonist lives, dedicated to journalism, for having his own house and the permanent search for it, even if it is about houses in poor condition. In the long journey of the novel of more than 630 pages, the migrant history is unraveled, the attitudes of people who live in that situation, the domination exercised by those who have been able to stand out economically, in this case the family of his wife who humiliate and the attitudes that stand out in beings who have experienced a conflict situation. Regarding the houses, I remember the writer Raymond Chandler, author of the best noir novels, who changed houses very often. He had an obsession with changing houses and places of residence. This work by Naipaul, so extraordinary, was in a way what catapulted him to the Nobel Prize. Making such a widely documented work, based on a guy who wants to be happy and that happiness is looking for a house to live in, exhibits the obsession of happiness based on something that is not always found. The houses he gets leak, they filter the cold, part of the roof collapses or the door creaks. It is life itself expressed in a house, which a great writer formulates to describe his father, Mr. Biswas, who died young in full dissatisfaction.



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BOOKS OF YESTERDAY AND TODAY: A Hindu in Albion. The Nobel Naipaul and the migrant destiny