Fwd: Re: [Indo-Eurasia] FW: A.K. Ramanujan's "Three Hundred Ramayanas" and "Collected Essays"

Jean-Luc Chevillard jean-luc.chevillard at UNIV-PARIS-DIDEROT.FR
Sat Dec 10 16:42:57 UTC 2011

Dear Liverpool Indology list members,

it is not clear to me how many of the 453 signatories of the letter 
drafted by Sheldon Pollock and sent to OUP have received a message from 
Rachel Goode (as Joanna Kirpatrick has).
[I don't think I received anything]

I believe the members of Liverpool Indology
who were signatories of the protest letter but have not been directly 
informed of the recent development will be interested in seeing this,
which I forward from the Indo-Eurasian mailing list.

Best wishes

-- Jean-Luc Chevillard
(Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique [CNRS], UMR 7597 (HTL),
Université Paris-Diderot, Paris)

-------- Original Message --------

Subject: Re: [Indo-Eurasia] FW: A.K. Ramanujan's "Three Hundred
Ramayanas" and "Collected Essays"

Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2011 10:05:07 +0530

From: MANISH MODI [...]

Reply-To: Indo-Eurasian_research [...]

To: Indo-Eurasian_research [...]

Wow! Lovely! Marvelous to see this. Living in India, I had begun to 
doubt the efficacy of quiet, sensible intelligent protesting.


On 10 December 2011 07:35, Jo <[...]> wrote:

> Forwarding to the List -

> Joanna Kirkpatrick

> *****

> From: Group Communications, Oxford University Press
> Sent: Friday, December 09, 2011 9:06 AM

> Subject: A.K. Ramanujan's "Three Hundred Ramayanas" and "Collected Essays"

> We are writing to you as scholars who signed a letter addressed to Mr Nigel
> Portwood on November 28 2011. We want to make you aware of the statement
> attached to this email, which we have written to communicate our position
> regarding certain works of scholarship published by OUP India.

> Oxford University Press continues to believe that scholarly freedom is
> fundamentally important and works to uphold this principle across the
> world.
> We hope that our recent decision as outlined in our statement will
> demonstrate our commitment in this regard.

> Rachel Goode
> Group Communications Director
> Oxford University Press

> *****

> OUP Statement: December 9 2011

> We wish to communicate OUP’s position regarding three works of scholarship
> published by OUP India.

> Given the current concern expressed by members of the scholarly community
> about the availability of The Collected Essays and Many Ramayanas we have
> taken the decision to reprint both titles immediately and make them
> available in India and beyond. We are also making Questioning Ramayanas
> available again. All three titles are available to order from the OUP India
> website and bookshops across India.
> OUP has an important role to play in ensuring that the best scholarship is
> disseminated freely, and we hope the reprinting of these three important
> works will demonstrate our commitment in this regard.

> We also wish to restate the fact that OUP does not and never has
> apologised for publishing any work by Ramanujan. Any previous
> communications from OUP India that have given the impression of such an
> apology have been misinterpreted. We recognise that it is not in the best
> interests of the scholarly community of which we are a part for such a
> misinterpretation to remain, which is why we are clarifying our position
> once again.

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