The Oxford University Press has stopped sale and publication of A. K. Ramanujan's essay on the Ramayana way back in 2008.

Members of a Right wing organisation had ransacked Delhi University's history department that year, taking offence to portions of the essay. The matter had then become the subject matter of a court litigation.

In an apology letter dated September 5, 2008, addressed to “Shiksha Bachao Aandolan Samitee”, Oxford University Press had said: “We are deeply concerned to learn that the essay has the potential to hurt religious sentiments and we are grateful to you for pointing that out. It has been our conscious endeavour to respect the plurality of Indian culture in all publishing activities we undertake...we wish to inform you that neither are we selling the book nor there are any plans to re-issue it.”

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