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The controversy over the scurrilous novel, Hindutva, Sex and Adventures, continues

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A Scarlet Pimpernel

How effective are legal notices from one publishing house to another? Six months ago, for instance, when Roli Books published a scurrilous novel, Hindutva, Sex and Adventures, by a foreign journalist with the nom de plume John Maclithon, tongues began to wag that the protagonist, if not the writer, was Mark Tully. His publisher in London sent publisher Pramod Kapur a legal notice asking the author to reveal his identity, to apologise to Tully and to withdraw the book. But the writer has yet to be unmasked and the book is still available. As for an apology, ‘Maclithon’ claims in a letter circulated by Roli that he modelled his hero “on a number of foreign correspondents based in Delhi: Tiziano Terzani, Francois Gautier, Mark Tully, Bernard Imhasly, John Elliott....”


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