Modi effect: One publisher quits, other spikes

Ravi Singh of Aleph ‘quits’ over decision to put Doniger on hold, publish Modi verse.

Ravi Singh, co-publisher of Aleph Book Company, has quit apparently in protest against the manner in which Aleph seemed to have yielded to those calling for a ban on Wendy Doniger’s On Hinduism. Sources said he also questioned the decision by Rupa — Aleph’s publishing partner — to publish a translation of BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi’s poetry during the election campaign.

Aleph was founded in May 2011 by David Davidar in partnership with R K Mehra and Kapish Mehra of Rupa Publications India.

Rupa Publications will launch the English translation of Modi’s 67 poems, A Journey, Poems by Narendra Modi, on April 20. Described as “the story of Mr Modi’s rise from humble beginnings to high political office” in verse, the translation is by Ravi Mantha.

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