According to a report in Deccan Chronicle, award-winning Tamil novelist R.N. Joe D'Cruz's book has been cancelled by the Delhi-based publishing house Navayana.
The publisher, S. Anand, told the newspaper: "It is both appalling that D’Cruz, who captured the rich and unique history of the seafaring community of Tamil Nadu in an epic tale spanning three generations, should call a fascist like Modi a ‘dynamic visionary’. Joe told me over the phone that this was, indeed, his stand and that his decision was personal. However, there cannot be a place for such an author in a political publishing house like Navayana."
The book - Aazhi Soozh Ulagu (Ocean-Ringed World) - features the lives of catamaran fishermen and was published in Tamil in 2005. Navayana was supposed to release the english translation of the same in 2014.
The translator, V. Geetha, also attacked the eminent Tamil author, saying: “He is entitled to his political opinion, but I don’t want to be associated with anyone or anything linked to Modi. We can’t forget Gujarat 2002 (riots) and no one must be allowed to, either,”
Joe D'Cruz expressed his anguish to the paper, saying: "The translation has been completed and the book was about to go for printing. I am considering legal action,” D’Cruz told Deccan Chronicle. “One-and-a-half years of translation work has now been stalled. I have a professional career to fall back on. But if the book had been written by an author who makes a living only by writing, will such a decision not affect him?"