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This page announces the sad and sudden death of Victor Anant on Sunday October 17th 1999.

Victor Anant was born in 1929 in Kerala, South India, and was the author of numerous novels and poems, as well as journalistic reportage.   When he was a child, his family moved to Bombay, where he was jailed for anti-British activities while still in his teens.  He left Bombay after Independence for London, where his writings were published in the New Statesman, and he began work for Picture Post - the first Indian to be a staff writer on Fleet Street.

Over the course of his career, he worked for many journals, institutions, and publications in the U.K. and elsewhere, including the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, UNESCO, the United Nations, and the International Press Institute.  Anant's most recent book was Sacred Crow (Penguin India, 1996), and his last published work was the beautiful essay published in India: A Celebration of Independence 1947 to 1997 (Aperture, New York, 1997)

Anant leaves behind a widow, Zuleikha.

Anant's funeral took place on 20th October with Namaz at the East London Mosque, followed by burial at the South Morden Cemetary.

May his soul rest in peace.  We will all miss him deeply.

Some images of Anant can be seen by clicking here


If you wish to express some thoughts about Anant or convey your sentiments to Mrs Zuleikha Anant, please e-mail your comments to and they will be printed and passed on.