Esteemed writer and Nobel Laureate, VS Naipaul died in London, Britain’s Press Association reports. Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was born in Trinidad, his family having descended from Hindu immigrants in India, reports CNN. As stated by the Nobel Prize committee on awarding him, Naipaul’s work helped people “to see the presence of suppressed histories. … In a vigilant style, (he) transforms rage into precision and allows events to speak with their own inherent irony.”

His writings often took a very scathing look at colonialism and he didn’t shy away from speaking his mind, even if the opinions brought contempt from his peers and those who didn’t agree with him. 

“Sir VS Naipaul will be remembered for his extensive works, which covered diverse subjects ranging from history, culture, colonialism, politics and more. His passing away is a major loss to the world of literature. Condolences to his family and well wishers in this sad hour,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“We disagreed all our lives, about politics, about literature, and I feel as sad as if I just lost a beloved older brother. RIP Vidia,” wrote author Salman Rushdie on the microblogging site.

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