Anil Ramdas

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Anil Ramdas
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Born(1958-02-16)16 February 1958
Paramaribo, Suriname
Died16 February 2012(2012-02-16) (aged 54)
Loenen aan de Vecht, Netherlands
OccupationColumnist, correspondent, journalist, television presenter, writer, essayist

Anil Ramdas (Paramaribo, 16 February 1958 – Loenen aan de Vecht, 16 February 2012) was a Dutch-Surinamese columnist, correspondent, essayist, journalist, and TV and radio host.[1][2] He was generally considered the V.S.Naipaul specialist of The Netherlands.[3]

His work has been extensively studied by the author Karin Amatmoekrim.[4][5]

In 1997 he was awarded the E. du Perron prize for all of his works.[6]



Anil Ramdas published his autobiographical novel Badal in February 2011. In the article "A Matter of Identity: Anil Ramdas and His Autobiographical Novel Badal", Kees Snoek writes :

The novel Badal explores the evolution of the main character against the background of the confrontation between western and non-western civilisation. One of the examples Badal uses to make his point is Christopher Columbus: when during his journey into the unknown the supplies aboard his ship diminish, he has to make a decision: to turn back or to continue with his exploration. He decides to go on. It is the point of no return.[7]


Ramdas committed suicide on 16 February 2012.[8] Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte expressed his regret about Ramdas' death in his weekly press conference.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Multicultural Netherlands: Anil Ramdas." Dutch Studies Program, UC Berkeley. Retrieved 1 December 2011. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "I Imagined the World Differently". Letterenfonds/. Dutch Foundation for Literature. Retrieved 25 December 2021.
  3. ^ Codfried, Egmond. "Badal, or the Suicide of a Reformed Housenigger". Werkgroepcaraibischeletteren. Caraïbische letteren. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  4. ^ "TORCH Global South Visiting Fellow". THE OXFORD RESEARCH CENTRE IN THE HUMANITIES. UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD. Retrieved 25 December 2021.
  5. ^ "Anil Ramdas: Hope and Despair in Dutch Postcolonial Literature". THE OXFORD RESEARCH CENTRE IN THE HUMANITIES. UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD. Retrieved 25 December 2021.
  6. ^ Literaire prijzen E. du Perron-prijs 1997 – Letterkundig Museum (in Dutch)
  7. ^ Snoek, Kees (2 January 2018). "A matter of identity: Anil Ramdas and his autobiographical novel Badal (2011)". Dutch Crossing. 42 (1): 13. doi:10.1080/03096564.2018.1419631. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  8. ^ Journalist en schrijver Anil Ramdas (54) overleden – NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch)
  9. ^ NOS website vrijdag 17 februari 2012, 15:49. Retrieved 2 July 2013
  10. ^ "Journalist and TV presenter Anil Ramdas dies". Expatica. Expatica Communications B.V. Retrieved 27 December 2021.

External links[edit]

  • Anil Ramdas, a media resource base that lists some works of Anil Ramdas.

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