Noted playwright Girish Karnad has described Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul as an “old fogey” who has been “uncreative for the last 10 years”.

Responding to Mr. Naipaul’s statement that Indian secularism is “rigid”, Mr. Karnad said that one could hardly expect anything better considering that there had been “no development” in the former’s thoughts for many years. Mr. Karnad had earlier created a storm by taking on Naipaul at the Mumbai LitFest for his views on Muslims and their role in Indian history. Mr. Naipaul had, in response, described Indian secularism as “rigid”.

Speaking on the sidelines of his talk at the Azim Premji University here on Thursday, Mr. Karnad said that Mr. Naipaul’s non-fiction is “obnoxious” while his novels on India were “dreadful”.