sThis is something really perverse. Take a look!
This is a link to an article by Dr Dipak Basu (Professor in International Economics, Nagasaki University, Japan) on the Netaji Mystery, entitled “More on Netaji: Did Nehru supress facts?” published by ‘The Organiser’.
This article is dated September 18, 2005.
Now please check the following link. This is my review mail to the renowned historian Mr Ramachandra Guha, entitled “Not the’good’, but the ‘real’ history” published on my blog on March 18, 2005.
Read the two links and compare. In the above article by Dr Basu, excepting the first one and the last two paragraphs the story is totally mine. I had used many sources, both on the net and chiefly one Malayalam book by Mr NP Nayar entitled “Netaji evite?” (which means “Where is Netaji?”) to get all this information and the above script is totally mine excepting most of the quotings. But 100% of the words and sentences used where mine I pledge.
It can be suspected that the man Dr Basu is lying in saying that he got these information from a book sent to him by some Dr Hirendra Narayan Sankar/Sarkar, entitled “A homage to Netaji: A commentary on his life & activities”! If it is true, then that reprobate fellow Sankar/Sarkar must have stolen my piece completely into his book. Interestingly enough, I had to transliterate most of the quotings from the above mentioned Malayalam book by the former INA administrator Mr NP Nayar (like the letter to Clement Attlee and the statement by Shyamlal Jain) Those are presented in the real version (I suspect) and all the other comments are 99% unchanged. Some attacks on Mr Guha were removed from my original piece as well!
Either Dr Basu or Dr Sankar/Sarkar is a slicker. He/they should have given the correct source. The above piece was totally mine. He/they should have either contacted me (the contact information is given on my blog page) or given the courtesy duly there in his copy. This is fraudulence. Somehow I didn’t faint reading this. But Mr Ram Guha might well have fallen unconscious had he read this Basu piece and might think that either Dr Sankar/Sarkar or Dr Basu was confusing him with mails with a ‘from name’ Sreejith Kumar! I had to inform Mr Guha of this and he responded positively.
I am really disappointed. The beguiler/s earned some easy money! What if Lev Tolstoy sees another name on the cover of ‘War and Peace’? I am feeling the same. Trickster/s.
After all, writing is not about copyrights as is the case with a movie or a song where you can’t alter the credits; it is more of a moral issue, stealing one’s intellect and reproducing unchanged in another’s name.
I sent two mails to the editor of the Organiser and no reply came. I mailed to Mr Basu and his responses were more bemusing! See his claims and all the fakery getting revealed in the process. I had sent him the attached copy of the original review that I wrote, but he said nothing about it. He is not even sure whether the person who sent him his book is Sankar or Sarkar! He writes both! He refuses my challenge to reveal more details about the writer and the book, but instead challenges me to get the rights legally. He says the said book by Sankar/Sarkar (huh!) was published in February 2005! It can never happen! How can two persons write exactly the same, when one is writing a first hand English essay and the other after referring a different language book; and that too without any change from the top to bottom with even a comma or an exclamation mark unmoved?! He then told me that Mr NP Nayar might have copied the contents from the book by Sankar/Sarkar and then published in Malayalam. Interestingly enough, the Malayalam book was published in 1997 and Mr Nayar died a few years back. Then how can he copy it down?! Mr Basu also gives a lame excuse that he doesn’t read any blogs (!) and that he hasn’t heard my name before! So what?! Towards the end of the conversation, he also iterates that because there is no proper copyright for the material with me, I cannot claim it! He doesn’t even know about the moral philosophy in using Creative Commons License in blogging!
I wonder whether there were only two or three pages in that book by Sankar/Sarkar, because you will get to see nothing more in Mr Basu’s article than what I have written in my review! For the arguments and counter arguments via email, please read the comments. You can also have more details there. If at all there exists such a Sankar/Sarkar and if at all there exists the said book, no way it could be published before March 18, 2005! Please read the comments below.