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Dear SAHSA Colleagues:

Somehow the email address and details of the letter of protest did not go out
in my previous message. I am trying again. I have also posted this
information to the SAHSA blog spot. Lisa

__________________

Dear Friends:
If you would like to add your name to the long list of signatures for this
letter, drafted by Sheldon Pollock, in protest against OUP's withdrawl of
A.K. Ramanujan's writings from its
publications, in relation to the Supreme Court Decision about Ramanujan's
essay "Many Ramayanas," please email your name, title, and affiliation to
Andrew Ollett at this email.

Thanks,
Paula Richman

Subject: Letter to the Chief Executive, OUP, regarding the Ramanujan affair

Dear friends,

If you are willing to sign the letter below, please send a note with your
name, title, and affiliation to

Andrew Ollett

who will be compiling the list.

Please circulate this letter widely (I'm running out of steam!) We'll be
collecting signatures until Sunday Nov. 28, in time to deliver the list to
colleagues in the UK who are holding a protest meeting in Oxford on Nov. 30.

Thanks

shelly

* * *

Mr. Nigel Portwood
Chief Executive
Oxford University Press
Oxford, UK

Dear Mr. Portwood,

We have learned with shock and dismay that Oxford University Press India has
formally apologized to the individual who brought suit against OUP for
publishing A. K. Ramanujan's "Many Ramayanas." OUP India's lawyers have
stated in court, "We are instructed to intimate to our client through you and
state that our client have long earlier stopped selling the book, "Many
Ramayanas: The Diversity of A Narrative Tradition in South Asia", nor have
they any plans to reissue/re-publish the book." And further: "Our client
further wish to assure your client that as publishers of long standing and
repute, it has been their conscious endeavour to respect the plurality of
Indian culture in all publishing activities which they undertake and very
much regret that the essay in question has inadvertently caused your client
distress and concern." In addition, OUP India has, it appears, subsequently
withdrawn from the market Ramanujan’s Collected Essays, in which "Many
Ramayanas" also appears, and has assured Delhi University that it will not
keep the book in print, a pledge that enabled the university’s
vice-chancellor to overrule his own committee who had argued for retaining
Ramanujan’s essay on the syllabus of the History department.

The scholars who have signed this letter to you, many of us former colleagues
or students of Ramanujan, but also authors who have published with OUP
Oxford, New York, or Delhi, want to express our deep consternation at OUP
India’s self-abasement in court. We are also fully aware that the Ramanujan
case is only the most recent in a series of shocking acts on the part of OUP
India--including the suppressing or pre-censoring of scholarly books--that
are inimical to the open exchange of ideas, the lifeblood of scholarship.

This situation cannot go unchallenged.

We ask that OUP withdraw its court apology, publicly state that it is
committed to the right of scholars to publish their work without fear of
suppression or censorship, and demonstrate this commitment by reprinting at
once Ramanujan's Collected Essays.

If you unwilling to do these things, and thereby effectively attempt to bury
Ramanujan's book, we demand that you publicly relinquish all rights to his
work and return them to the original copyright holders, so that this
scholarship can be published by another press that understands the importance
of freedom of expression, to say nothing of courage in the face of
fanaticism.

Sincerely yours,

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Dear SAHSA Colleagues:
Somehow the email address and details of the letter of protest did not go out in my previous message. I am trying again. I have also posted this information to the SAHSA blog spot. Lisa
__________________
Dear Friends:
If you would like to add your name to the long list of signatures for this letter, drafted by Sheldon Pollock, in protest against OUP's withdrawl of A.K. Ramanujan's writings from its
publications, in relation to the Supreme Court Decision about Ramanujan's essay "Many Ramayanas," please email your name, title, and affiliation to Andrew Ollett at this email.
Thanks,
Paula Richman
Subject: Letter to the Chief Executive, OUP, regarding the Ramanujan affair
Dear friends,
If you are willing to sign the letter below, please send a note with your name, title, and affiliation to
Andrew Ollett
who will be compiling the list.
Please circulate this letter widely (I'm running out of steam!) We'll be collecting signatures until Sunday Nov. 28, in time to deliver the list to colleagues in the UK who are holding a protest meeting in Oxford on Nov. 30.
Thanks
shelly
* * *
Mr. Nigel Portwood
Chief Executive
Oxford University Press
Oxford, UK
Dear Mr. Portwood,
We have learned with shock and dismay that Oxford University Press India has formally apologized to the individual who brought suit against OUP for publishing A. K. Ramanujan's "Many Ramayanas." OUP India's lawyers have stated in court, "We are instructed to intimate to our client through you and state that our client have long earlier stopped selling the book, "Many Ramayanas: The Diversity of A Narrative Tradition in South Asia", nor have they any plans to reissue/re-publish the book." And further: "Our client further wish to assure your client that as publishers of long standing and repute, it has been their conscious endeavour to respect the plurality of Indian culture in all publishing activities which they undertake and very much regret that the essay in question has inadvertently caused your client distress and concern." In addition, OUP India has, it appears, subsequently withdrawn from the market Ramanujan’s Collected Essays, in which "Many Ramayanas" also appears, and has assured Delhi University that it will not keep the book in print, a pledge that enabled the university’s vice-chancellor to overrule his own committee who had argued for retaining Ramanujan’s essay on the syllabus of the History department.
The scholars who have signed this letter to you, many of us former colleagues or students of Ramanujan, but also authors who have published with OUP Oxford, New York, or Delhi, want to express our deep consternation at OUP India’s self-abasement in court. We are also fully aware that the Ramanujan case is only the most recent in a series of shocking acts on the part of OUP India--including the suppressing or pre-censoring of scholarly books--that are inimical to the open exchange of ideas, the lifeblood of scholarship.
This situation cannot go unchallenged.
We ask that OUP withdraw its court apology, publicly state that it is committed to the right of scholars to publish their work without fear of suppression or censorship, and demonstrate this commitment by reprinting at once Ramanujan's Collected Essays.
If you unwilling to do these things, and thereby effectively attempt to bury Ramanujan's book, we demand that you publicly relinquish all rights to his work and return them to the original copyright holders, so that this scholarship can be published by another press that understands the importance of freedom of expression, to say nothing of courage in the face of fanaticism.
Sincerely yours,

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