Naipaul’s understanding of economic development was very deep

Dear Editor,

I really don’t know how to respond to your (rather predictable) editorial captioned “A grouse for Mr Naipaul” (07.10.30) on Naipaul and his latest book, but I do know that a response is warranted, and for many reasons. Instead I submit the following excerpt and hope that you would consider it sufficiently worthwhile to print it in full:

‘The successful transformation of an economy