Young poet S. Kalesh has raised allegations of plagiarism against teacher and writer Deepa Nishanth through Facebook along with evidences. He 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, as alleged by Kalesh in his FB post. Kalesh’s poem was widely discussed when it was originally published in Madhyamam weekly and it was later translated into English.
Kalesh noted in his post that he felt really sad when some of his friends sent him the copy of the plagiarised version of the poem. Some lines of the poem were cut short, some were distorted while most of the lines were copied as it is.
Kalesh responded to Mathrubhumi News that it is disheartening for a writer to prove that a poem which was published in many media is his own after all these years.
‘I’m active in Malayalam literature since 2000. When I posted that poem in my blog in March 2011, my readers and friends commented on it and it is history. I have recited the poem in Akashavani and published it in Madhyamam weekly. The poem was live in the discussion at that time. If it was originally written by Deepa, why did not she claim it or raise allegation?’ Kalesh asked.
Meanwhile, Deepa Nisanth responded to the allegation that she has not plagiarized the poem. However, she did not clarify how the lines of both poems were same. She added that she is collecting evidence to prove the reason behind the similarity of lines.
‘I’m not a person who wish to possess the label of a poet in Malayalam literature by plagiarizing a poem. I have never asked for such a fame. Sometimes my name is dragged into some controversies, but I'm not involved in such issues intentionally. The only thing I have to say is that I have not copied the poem,’ Deepa said.
She also said that people who know her are convinced she would not do so. As there are some personal relations and emotional matters behind the issue, I need their permission to disclose everything. The cyber attacks against me are personal, she told Mathrubhumi News. Deepa has also responded on the issue through a Facebook post.