In connection with the plagiarism issue, teacher-writer Deepa Nisanth has apologised through a Facebook post, one day after the controversy arose. Young Poet S Kalesh had alleged through a Facebook post along with evidence that Deepa Nisanth plagiarized many lines from a poem he penned in 2011.
Earlier, Deepa Nisanth had responded on the issue that she has not plagiarized as she had no need to gain fame through crooked acts. However, she was widely criticised through social media. Finally, she came up with a rather long note of apology, still without any clarity over the reason behind the similarity of the poems.
Deepa stated that she was apologising to put an end to all the controversies. She added that she was now convinced that Kalesh has no need to copy some other’s poem. ‘Since I’m responsible for each and every word published under my name, I apologise. I expect this issue will end here,’ she said in the FB post.
Kalesh had alleged that Deepa plagiarized his poem titled ‘Anganeyirikke Marichu Poyi Njan/Nee’ which was published in his blog on March 4, 2011. The poem was shortened by a few lines, retitled ‘Anganeyirikke’ and published in the magazine of the teachers’ association AKPSTA under Deepa’s name. Kalesh’s poem had received wide acclaims when it was originally published in Madhyamam weekly and it was translated into English.