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Will withdraw work from anthology if editor not replaced: 12 poets

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Following allegations of harassment against a literary editor, 12 Indian poets have said they will withdraw their works from a anthology being edited by him if he is not replaced.

In a letter addressed to Sreenivasa Rao, the poets, who were contributors to the proposed "Modern English Poetry by Younger Indians", said they did not wish to be associated with the because of "irreconcilable differences".

The letter of March 6 comes after another alleged in a post that the had clicked and posted her photographs from a literary festival in Silchar without her consent and captioned them in a way that made her feel "humiliated, reduced, and violated..."

Acknowledging Sahitya Akademi's work in creating the anthology, the poets wrote that they would remain with the project if the was replaced.

"If replacement is not possible, then we ask for our submissions to be withdrawn from the anthology immediately," the poets wrote in the letter which they said was "an act of our own will and without any pressure or influence".

The letter was signed by Minal Hajratwala, Shikha Malaviya, Semeen Ali, Mihir Vatsa, Sumana Roy, Ellen Kombiyil, Smita Sahay, Kanishka Gupta, Damini Kane, Nabina Das, and


Chandrashekhara Kambara, when contacted by PTI, said the institute was yet to look into the matter.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 23:45 IST
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