C M Naim, the eminent scholar in a piece in Outlook has written in detail giving the background of the 'plagiarism'. Interestingly, he says that way back in 1997, writer Fuzail Jaffri had pointed out that Narang's work was not an original piece of work. It is sad, to say the least, to read the piece as Gopi Chand Narang is considered a formidable scholar. What adds to the shock is the fact that it was the same book that got him the Sahitya Akademi award in 1995.
It will be interesting to know what Gopi Chand Narang has to say on the issue. According to Naim, while the allegations have been made in the last few years, there has been no response from Narang. The allegations against Narang have been made by Imran Shahid Bhinder, a doctoral candidate in the department of English at the University of Birmingham, UK. "The evidence Bhinder presents is quite irrefutable," writes C M Naim, (http://outlookindia.com/article.aspx?260108) in Outlook magazine.