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Novelist and poet Vikram Seth at the launch of Vinod Mehta's book, Editor Unplugged, in New Delhi.

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Novelist and poet Vikram Seth at the launch of Vinod Mehta's book, Editor Unplugged, in New Delhi.

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From left, Founder Editor-in-Chief of Outlook Vinod Mehta's Wife and novelist and poet Vikram Seth at the launch of Vinod Mehta's book, Editor Unplugged in New Delhi.

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At Home In Patna That brilliant, indefatigable visitor of literary meets, Vikram Seth, signs yet another autograph at the Patna Literature Festival, accompanied by Justice Leila Seth. But Seth also spoke out against the recent assault on Wendy Doniger's The Hindus: An Alternative History at the festival, which wasn't an usual Eurocentric affair, and laid equal emphasis on Maithili, Magahi and Angika literature.

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Vikram Seth reads out from 'A Suitable Boy' at 'Polls Apart', with Mark Tully & Ramachandra Guha at Kalam 2014, the Kolkata Lit Meet.

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Vikram Seth autographs books for his fans at Kalam 2014, the Kolkata Lit Meet.

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Vikram Seth during a question-answer session at Kalam 2014, the Kolkata Lit Meet.

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Fotocorp (From Outlook, December 12, 2011)

JITENDER GUPTA

"...I Am A Criminal" 

So spoke the reclusive and reticent Vikram Seth, as he led the campaign to "support the overturning of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a colonial-era law dating to 1861, which punitively criminalizes romantic love and private, consensual sexual acts between adults of the same sex," pointing out that 'Section 377 violates fundamental human rights'. "In a curious way, if I were to say that I acted on my feelings while I was in India, I would be saying I am a criminal. But of course I did eventually, and to that extent I am a criminal. And ludicrous though it may seem to you and me, the people who want to maintain this law on the books want to make millions like me remain, in our own views and in the views of society, criminals. That is absolutely ludicrous. But it took me a long time to realise that the problem lay not with me but with the injustice of those who want to preserve unjust laws."