Copyright Infringement by a Pakistani publisher could
result in Tarbela Urao
May 1, 2009
A novel, Tarbela Damned – Pakistan Tamed, by C.N. Anand, published
by Indialog Pvt Ltd, features the sabotage of the world's largest earth and
rockfill dam across the Indus at Tarbela. An IITian Jew who emigrates to Israel
and joins Mossad and an Indian agent of the RAW are protagonists. With
the Taliban now closing in, fiction might turn to realty in the form of “Tarbela
Urao”, if the Taliban takes a leaf out of this book.
Recently, The State Bank
of Pakistan (Equivalent of India's RBI) purchased books and published the list on the web. On it was found an Urdu translation “Tarbela
Urao – Pakistan ko Jhukao”. This translation is in an
infringement of copyright. However, the author, C.
N. Anand, and the publisher, hope that some good will
come out of the infringement. They have appealed to the
High Commission of Pakistan to investigate the matter.
The publisher and author desire that the royalties due
to them be donated by the erring publisher (Fazal Sons)
to a charitable organization that helps the suffering
Tarbela dam oustees. A facsimile
copy of the letter to the High commission with a copy to the honourable External
Affairs Minister of India is attached.