Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Guha toes the Heehs' line - another book

from    Prof Kamal Das bcc date  3 August 2011 20:29 subject            Fwd: RAMACHANDRA GUHA: RIGHT SPIRIT - WRONG FACTS! Forwarded message
From: Prof Kamal Das Date: Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 3:30 PM Subject: Re: RAMACHANDRA GUHA: RIGHT SPIRIT - WRONG FACTS! To: Ramachandra Guha

Dear Mr Guha, 
1. There is no anger and animosity, only a simple statement of facts, namely: 
a. The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs is not a book but a crime punishable under sections 295A and 153A of the IPC, 1860 (45 of 1860) as declared in the Govt. Notification No 1612/C Dated 09-04-2009. 
b. Peter Heehs is an accessory to crime or a petty criminal if you will, under the very same sections.

2. Crimes and criminals are not dealt with by writing books but in accordance with the law of the land, which fortunately operates outside your universe of shallow moral grandstanding and statesmanship of convenience. 
3. Arundhati Roy was right about you. We don't wish to embarrass you any further and rest our case.
Truly, Prof Kamal Das.

On Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 2:32 PM, Ramachandra Guha  wrote:
Dear Mr Das,
  The anger and animosity, the viciousness and the vituperation, in your mail is unbecoming of a man who carries the title 'professor' and who is an admirer of Aurobindo.
  There is only answer to a book-- another book. If you and your colleagues have sufficient moral and intellectual courage, then have the case against Peter Heehs withdrawn, let his book be circulated, and publish and let your book be circulated too. Till such time as you do so, I can only conclude that you  have no moral or intellectual case to stand on. with best wishes
R. Guha    

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