"I am shocked and deeply hurt by his death. He was a good associate and was well-known in the literary circles. May his soul rest in peace,'' said Poet Grace. Like him there are hundreds of fans of Prof Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras in Nagpur deeply shaken by his sudden death.
Grace recalled Siras, a resident of Coffee House Square in Dharampeth, as well-known in the literary circles for his poems. The deceased professor was in the city and had just returned to Aligarh on Monday.
His friends and relatives, who wished not to be named due to controversy surrounding him, Siras was born and brought up in Nagpur. He had done his post-graduation in humanities from Hislop College before completing his PhD on eminent Marathi author Gajanan Tryambak Madkholkar's writings. His thesis was on 20 political novels of Madkholkar, perhaps only one from the university to have done his doctorate in this subject, considered difficult by many. It took Siras 10 years to complete his PhD from 1976 to 1985, during which he also pursued a master's degree in psychology. He had published a collection of seminar papers in English on comparative literature and his PhD thesis. Before joining AMU, he had worked as a research assistant in the Department of Linguistics at Ranchi University.
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