Dipak Basu of the Organiser OR/AND Hirendra ‘Sankar/Sarkar’ plagiarised my review?

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.


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20 responses to Dipak Basu of the Organiser OR/AND Hirendra ‘Sankar/Sarkar’ plagiarised my review?

  1. thats terrible man! if someone lifted my stuff, i’d be boiling mad! plagiarism is somethin i totally utterly abhor. those guyz probly think they can get away with it scot-free. don’t let ’em!

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  2. Thanks for commenting Kuts.As I have written, I contacted him and he now challenges me to prove it. How can I prove him that I had published it in March 2005 even though the date tag in the other blog indicates it? He says I cannot claim since I dont have the copyrights. He is reluctant to accept the international behaviour of Creative Commons License. I am now considering a domain name to protect my blog entries 🙂I was ready to send him the screen shots of the original review mails. But he says the chapter is closed! America shouldn’t have bombed places like Nagasaki, but people like Basu and the other fake identities 🙂 BTW Basu is a professor at Nagasaki Uty.

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  3. I read Jiby’s reply to your comment and came here. Believe me when I say, I know exactly what you are going though. I was a copywriter with ad agencies during my college days, as I enjoyed making ads. Then a few of my ads that were pending approval before clients were plagiarised by a mainstream agency and I could do nothing about it, nor was my agency willing to fight it out. I left advertising in disgust and during campus recruitment opted for a ‘communications’ post with an IT major. What is surprising is that I recently saw another ad I did for a pharma company being palgiarised by another pharma major!!! Realy hurts to see others getting credit for your work.

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  4. Thanks for commenting Silverine. Lets be pals.It is a bad feeling isn’t it, somebody taking credit of our intellect, time and resources? That stupid professor is keeping himself silent. With the help of my friend/teacher Biby George, I have now got a domain name registered http://www.sreejith.info. I must go for some copyrights as well to protect my works! Nobody seems considering Creative Commons as a valid license.

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  5. Dear Sreejith,I came to your site from Sliverine’s site. For the last two hours I have been reading all the articles. I couldn’t read the article “More on Netaji: Did Nehru suppress facts?” as the link you have provided leads to a “Sorry no page exist” page at the Organiser site. So I searched Google and found the link. The link you have given is “http://www.organiser.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=96&page=20” and the correct link is “http://www.organiser.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=96&page=20”–please remove the “amp;amp;amp;” from your link. I am an author and truly understand how you feel. I was cheated by an American friend, who promised to have my name on the cover as a contributing author in exchange of giving permission to include my material (about 25%) of the book. I agreed, but when the book came, my name was not on the cover but was among a dozen of his friends in the acknowledgements section. I couldn’t do anything as I did not have anything in writing as I considered him as a friend. But when I send him a mail, he admitted his mistake and apologized, but that was the end of our friendship.In your case, the culprit is not only claiming innocence but also incriminating you and such a respected person like Mr. NP Nayar. Anyone with some sense can see through his treachery. How can he say that he cannot access your blog when the entire internet community can? Also his attempts in intimidating you reveal his guilt. And he has the nerve to ask you to go to the court… I wonder why the people at the Organiser are keeping silent. They should ban such authors and should post an apology. I think he is sitting safe because of the Creative Commons license. According to Moria Allen (author and Editor of Writing-World.Com (www.writing-world.com))”…However, in reviewing the Creative Commons website and its licenses, it appears that this form of licensing does not have a LEGAL foundation within the U.S. or U.S. copyright law. Therefore, while this is a good place to start if you wish to share your material, I would recommend that you clearly establish your own licensing terms when making your work publicly available.” And if there is no protection in US then we cannot even hope for some legal protection in India. May be you should take up the matter with Organiser once again (may be a legal notice or a mail campaign) so that the publisher takes notice. If you need any support I pledge mine. Wishing you well,Regards,Alexis

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  6. <>Alexis Leon said…<><> Dear Sreejith,The link you have given is “http://www.organiser.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=96&page=20” and the correct link is “http://www.organiser.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=96&page=20”–please remove the “amp;amp;amp;” from your link.<>==Dear Sri Alexis,Thanks for the correction. It is changed now. Thanks a lot.

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  7. <>Alexis Leon said…<><>And if there is no protection in US then we cannot even hope for some legal protection in India.May be you should take up the matter with Organiser once again (may be a legal notice or a mail campaign) so that the publisher takes notice. If you need any support I pledge mine.<>==It is only after this incident that I came to know fully that the Creative Commons is not that valid a license. But I still have the belief that writing is about intellect and not copying. I mailed the editor of the organiser twice; but he keeps mum. I sought suggestions from many people, they all adviced me to contact the editor and Mr Basu. But one is not responding and the other challenges me, defending an obscure identity. What shall I do? A legal notice? But how can I get the claim in my favour, since the Creative Commons is not valid? Please advice me……… Thanks a lot for taking the trouble to help me in this entangled situation.

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  8. mukund indulkar

    i have heard of this dipak basu of the organiser before. he has been involved in similar cases before. he is a born plagiariser. with the developement of blogs these bastards can do just anything. we should bring these people down. i extent my sincere support to you.mukund indulkar

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  9. Anonymous

    I think you are the plagarist, because your email to Ramchandra Guha is a photocopy of Anuj Dhar’s website in The Hindustan Times. You have never acknowledged that and as a result you have violated the copyrights of anuj Dhar.

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  10. Re: AnonymousHa ha ha ha…. That is one fine joke! Man, if I were to plagiarise all these info from Anuj Dhar’s work, then he should have been the first one to take steps against me. You know, he is one of my best online friends and my team-mate at Mission Netaji! Anuj had read all my reviews even months before this cretin Basu plagiarised them, and also Anuj was one of the firsts to congratulate me on the work that I have put up on my site! Too poor an argument man, too poor…….And if you are still not convinced, then please read < HREF="http://sreejithkgreviews.blogspot.com/2005/07/bose-mystery-to-anuj-dhar.html" REL="nofollow">this<> too…..

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  11. Anuj Dhar website is plagarised by you completely and you are saying you wrote these texts and also have the copyright. I have informed Anuj Dhar, he said he has told you not to do this.You are a thief.

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  12. Re: Alexis RomanovHahahahhah! That is the comedy of the year man! Phew! Please forward me the reply you have received from Anuj! LOL…. Actually, he is my close associate at Mission Netaji and he knows the things pretty clearly. Anuj replied you saying he asked me not to do it? Hahahahah! That is interesting! I know you are the same phrenetic Basu!!!!

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  13. Whether Anuj Dhar is your friend or enemy does not matter. Your claim that you have the copyright on the materials you have posted in the blog regarding Netaji is false, you have copied everything from the Website of the Hindustan Times, which was published 5 years before your blog was written. As Prof.Basu has made reference to the Webiste of The Hindustan Times, he has not violated the copyright of Anuj Dhar or Hindustan Times. Also all materials regarding Nehru and Netaji are there in the Report of the Khosla Commission, from where both Anuj Dhar and Sarkar( in his book) quoted. Thus, none of the materials belong to you and anyone is free to use these materials after making reference to Anuj Dhar/Sarkar/Khosla Commission’s Report. You have no copyright. You are a lier. That is the reason you donot give your address or real name in the Blog. AlexisLeon is your bother( looks like). All the others who are supporting you are youir friends. Why don’t you take legal action against Prof.Basu and The Organiser, as he has challenged you to do so. The reason is that you are a lier.

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  14. Re: Alexis RomanovSee man, I cannot convince you anymore since you are feigning sleep. History is not copyrighted by anyone and can’t be copyrighted. What you see on the Hindustan Times is a piece of history and is not the property of some person or firm alone. I have used many books and websites to gather the required information. And I need not mention those here for the simple fact that, when you write about Jawaharlal Nehru, you need not give ‘courtesy of’ information below the article everytime, since it is nonsensical and idiotic and more importantly impractical. In that case, I will even need to mention my class texts there!I have used many sites, articles, anecdotes and books to read and get information regarding Netaji and his activities. I then wrote from the information that I have collected and written down during all these years. There is only one thing that remains common with my writings and other references, that all are facts. It happens because it is history and I cannot change it. See, I cannot write India was freed in 1950 for the simple reason that it is nonsensical. Can I ascribe all such references to say, Nehru or MountBatten? You cannot see any ditto lines, paragraphs or entire page anywhere else, reflecting my article, but published or developed at a prior time, because I know for a fact that I have written down my content and it is intellectual. But what this idiot Basu has done is that he copied my ‘intellectual stuff’ completely and published it unaltered! This is known as plagiarism, if you do not know.Who told you that I have not given my actual name in my blog? There is only one person that has told me the same, and it is your godman Basu! I would only be happy to hear the compliment that Alexis Leon is my brother. He is good person and I take it as a compliment. Ditto the case with all the others assembled here. You please ask Basu why didn’t he sue me. He was the one shouted that he would file a case against me. Such toadies will remain here and there always and I can’t help it. I am satisfied when people search for any Organiser content on Netaji, or for this idiot Dipak Basu…. they eventually land in my page and will get to know the facts regarding this plagiariser.Also, I had mailed the Organiser about this lifting professor and I think they cancelled their contract with him. No more articles in the Organiser thereafter!

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  15. When you have copied wholesale from the Hindustan times, without mentioning any reference then you are a plagarist.I have taken up this matter with Anuj Dhar, The Organiser and Prof.Basu, Hindustan Times.Your postal address is missing, that is the reason noone can take any legal address against you. If you are honest print your postal address.The Organiser do not want to publish Prof.Basu’s article because Prof.Basu publishes his articles in the People’s Democracy of the CPI(M) as well, the mortal enemy of the R.S.S. I got this information from a reliable source.Anyway what do you gain by this kind of lies, now everyone knows that you have copied everything from Hindustan Times. You are no credit.By the way have you ever published anything anywhere?

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  16. Re: Alexis RomanovLOL! LOL! LOL! You are Basu himself, I know. You are very desparate on losing your job with The Organiser, right? Well, Anuj Dhar knows my name and postal address, the Organiser people know my name and postal address. Despite of your shouts here, you haven’t contacted any of there persons I know for a fact! A reliable source? Haha… that must be from the Organiser head that ‘we do not need a plagiariser here!’. As regarding the plagiarism bit, I think you haven’t gove through my previous replies. Since you also know Anuj and The Organiser and HT guys, please ask them to provide you the address! Feel free to collect it from them!But let me tell you one thing; the Organiser guys know all these facts, and they cancelled Basu’s contract with them. That best explains the story!Since you do not want to read my replies and then comment logically, I do not wish to prolong this by repeating everything all over again. You are given more than what is required already….

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  17. Anonymous

    Sreejith Kumar, you have no copyright on that letter written by Nehru to Attlee, as it ( the English version) is available in the National Archive in New Delhi. It was a part of the evidences gathered by the Khosla Commission, and later a large number of authors have used it.
    Thus, what is your real agenda?

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  18. @ Anonymous Mr Dipak Basu

    The reasons are clearly stated in my blog post. I know you were caught red handed and your contract terminated. I know you are trying to pressurise me and get out of this.

    There is no reason for an anonymous guy to argue the case for the plagiariser Basu as one can see the evidences clearly listed in my post. I know who you are.

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