Was a journalist with the Malay Mail & Malayan
Education: Had four years of
Publications include: Etude comparée des littératures nationales et/ou officielles de la Malaisie et de Singapour depuis 1940, 3 vols.(Université de Lille-III, 1988); Tracks of a Tramp: A first collection of poems. (Singapore-Kuala Lumpur, 1961); Bunga Emas: An Anthology of Contemporary Malaysian Literature: 1930-63. Ed. (London, 1964); Fire Readings: A Collection of Writings from the Shakespeare & Company Fire Benefit Readings, Co-ed. (Boston-Paris, 1991); Special Millennium 2000 Issue of the Journal of the Institute of Asian Studies (Chennai, India: Institute of Asian Studies), March 2000: Guest Editor; Journal of Comparative Poietics/Revue de Poïétique Comparée (Founder editor: Paris, 1989-). Contributed over a hundred articles and/or fictional pieces to a wide variety of popular and learned journals, and books, such as, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature (Leeds University), Asia:A Handbook (London), The Journal of the Institute of Asian Studies: Special 2000 Number-March, Chennai-India, 2000 (IAS, Chennai, India), Buddhism in Tamil Nadu (Institute of Asian Studies, India, 2000), International Institute of Asian Studies Newsletter (Leiden University), Journal of Asian Studies (USA), Komparatistische Hefte (Bayreuth University), Yearbook of ASNLE (Essen University), Journal of Eelam Studies (London), Lanka: Studies in Lankan Culture (Uppsala University), Radical Poetics (London), Forum Academicum (Heidelberg University), Discus (Frankfurt University), Fire Readings (Paris-Boston), The Gombak Review (IIUM University, Kuala Lumpur), Malayan Times(Kuala Lumpur), Le Canard Laqué (Institute of Political Science, Paris), http://www.viweb.cjb.net/ (Victoria Institution literary archives), Editor of the on-line journal: The Asianists’ Asia – http://stateless.freehosting.net/menupage.htm for Collections of poems, articles, short stories, vignettes, novels, etc.Check the Bibliothèque Nationale de France for other works.
Editorial board member of Le Canard Laqué ( Association Asie-Extrême, Institute of Political Science, Paris: 1989-91); editorial advisor and guest editor of the Journal of the Institute of Asian Studies (Chennai, India: 1998- ), and Guidepost (Spain: 1967).
Association memberships:American Comparative Literature Association (1992>); (American) Association for Asian Studies (1991>); American Society for Aesthetics (2003>); Mid-West Political Science Association, U.S.A. (2005>).(Formerly)Royal Asiatic Society for Great Britain & Ireland (1964>); Koninklijk Instituut Voor Taal-, Land-en Volkenkunde, Netherlands (1975>); European Association for Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies (1989>); Association for the Study of New Literatures in English, Germany (1991>); Center for Asian Studies-Asian Research Service, Hong Kong-Canada (1991>)
Founder-Director: Research Centre for Comparative Poietics, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France (1988-1994); Founder-Director: Research Centre for Asian Studies, Paris, France (2000>).
Languages: Tamil (mother tongue), Malay, English, Spanish, German, French, and some Chinese.
A Stateless Person since 1969 (his only passport was confiscated by the British
If you’ll excuse me, the above write-up is only the “bread-and-butter” curriculum vitae.; what follows is the real story:
My story is nothing more than an excruciatingly
distended effort at trying to outwit authority of all sorts: not so triumphantly,
I'm afraid, during the past few years. All
governments, like all secret services/societies, are made up of - c’est l’évidence même - individuals. For some reason, a few
individuals in the wrong places at the appropriate moments have managed to put
the screws on me for nearly all my life, right from the day I broke off
schooling at sixteen and began to fend for myself. The then Malaysian authorities
illegally deprived me of my
citizenship rights and sent me packing in 1962. The British authorities in
cohorts with the independent colonial power confiscated my (only) passport in
November 1967 in
The question is, Would I have wanted it any other way?