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Tag Archive: Wendy Doniger

Mar 06 2014

Single-digit heaven

Wendy Doniger reports that Penguin’s failure to continue defending her book has caused it to…become much more popular than it was. What is new, and heartening, this time is that the best are suddenly full of passionate intensity. The dormant liberal conscience of India was awakened by the stunning blow to freedom of speech that …

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Feb 22 2014

Her intention is bad

For more insight into the horrible mind of Dinanath Batra, president of Shiksha Bachao Andola and the plaintiff in the ridiculous yet successful lawsuit against Penguin and Wendy Doniger, there’s a little interview he did for Time. TIME: What are your objections to Wendy Doniger’s book, The Hindus? Batra: Her intention is bad, the content is anti-national and …

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Feb 22 2014

YOU NOTICEE

So about that lawsuit – check it out. It starts with “Yo, my client is an educationist, and he happened on your book, and he knows you’ve written other books, yo.” 4.       That my client has read the book authored by you namely the Hindus: An Alternative History. That after reading the book my client …

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Feb 22 2014

Someone somewhere is sure to feel insulted

Martha Nussbaum has written a piece for the Indian Express on the suppression of Wendy Doniger’s book, Penguin’s collapse and capitulation, Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code, hate speech, group defamation, threats and more. …now, with the withdrawal and pulping of Wendy Doniger’s The Hindus: An Alternative History, the bullies have scored a major victory.

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Feb 14 2014

Collecting reactions

A fabulously useful resource from South Asia Citizens Web: a list of responses to Penguin’s withdrawal of Wendy Doniger’s book in India, with many quoted in full. The Indian Express February 12 … Prominent sections of the establishment in India have long abdicated their commitment to a defence of the written word, forsaking the liberal …

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Feb 12 2014

Are they all “westernized”?

Statement by PEN Delhi: From members of the PEN All-India Centre in Mumbai and the PEN Delhi Centre: PEN’s India Centres in Delhi and Mumbai are deeply concerned about the reported decision by Penguin India to withdraw Wendy Doniger’s scholarly book, The Hindus: An Alternative History. Choosing to settle the matter out of court, instead …

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Feb 12 2014

Drowning in the waters of tradition

One thing that’s incredibly, tragically ironic about Penguin’s (forced) submission in the case of Doniger’s book is that it was Penguin that fought back when David Irving tried to force it to withdraw and pulp Deborah Lipstadt’s book. The title of the case is David Irving v Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt. Penguin fought, Penguin spent …

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Feb 12 2014

And a little child shall lead them

Nilanjana Bhowmick at the Time website explains why Dinanath Batra has bullied Penguin into recalling and destroying Doniger’s book. First of all, she makes a factual claim that I hadn’t seen before. Penguin Books India has agreed to recall and pulp all copies in India of The Hindus: An Alternative History by U.S. scholar Wendy Doniger, raising concerns over freedom of …

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Feb 11 2014

Otherwise it is another country

Salil Tripathi gives his view. Last night I asked Doniger what she thought about her publisher’s decision. Deeply concerned, she told me: “Penguin has indeed given up the lawsuit, and will no longer publish the book. Of course, anyone with a computer can get the Kindle edition from Penguin, NY, and it’s probably cheaper, too. It is …

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Feb 11 2014

That’s not how to write a book review

Here’s the petition to Penguin to “withdraw” Doniger’s book and to apologize. The following is a petition from concerned signatories to the Penguin Group asking for an apology for the publication of the factually incorrect and offensive book The Hindus-An Alternative History by Wendy Doniger. We expect Penguin Group to withdraw the book immediately.

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