POSTED BY A. Sanzgiri ON May 12, 2010 AT 21:01 IST ,  Edited At: May 12, 2010 21:01 IST

Dear Amitav,

We are members of an internet mailing list concerned mainly with South Asian literature.

In light of the recent letter campaigns, online petitions, opinion columns and blogs variously urging you to reject the Dan David prize and/or condemning you for refusing to take such a position, we thought of writing to you expressing our admiration for your writings, especially for your responding to these with grace and firmness while sticking to a principled position.

We have no common position on the Palestinian question. We do have a common position on the need to expand the common ground that writers such as yourself seek to establish - a ground on which all human beings can celebrate their commonalities and negotiate their differences.

With regards

Manisha Amin
Farah Aziz
Amitabha Bagchi
Rumjhum Biswas
Razia Husain
Soniah Kamal
Anu Kumar
Karen Leonard
Latika Mangrulkar
John Matthew
Victor Rangel-Ribeiro
K. V. Bapa Rao
Ajit Sanzgiri
Denton Taylor
Ekta Thakur
Pamela Tweedy

POSTED BY A. Sanzgiri ON May 12, 2010 AT 21:01 IST ,  Edited At: May 12, 2010 21:01 IST
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Jun 15, 2010
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How much money did it take to sell your soul, Amitav? Literature and art are to enhance humanity not to encourage those who enslave, occupy, colonise and dehumanise a people. Shame, Amiatav! Shame signatories to this petition.
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May 27, 2010
09:49 PM
"Israel has denied entry to a Detroit university student of Palestinian descent traveling there for a study-abroad program. Arab-American and civil rights groups plan to protest the decision Thursday."

http://www.nytimes.c...can-Barred.html?_r=1
Anwaar
Dallas, United States
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May 21, 2010
09:37 PM
Will these motely sixteen please attach their CV along with their signature so that we know who they are. There are such a lot of 'internet mailing list'. While at it they may like to explain what is 'South Asian literature'.

Not for a moment , however, I suggest that Amitav Ghosh decline this offer of half a million dollar which is a lot of money even in days of double digit inflation. Let those gangstars be poorer by half a million. Amitav ghosh need not be shame-faced about it; only be careful about the Mossad.
MANISH BANERJEE
KOLKATA, India
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