Wendy Doniger’s ‘The Hindus’ is the latest book withdrawn by an Indian publisher because of a lawsuit over its depiction of the religion.
If there was ever a time for the judiciary to redeem itself and to end the ambiguity about free speech, the time is now, when press freedoms stand at a critical crossroads, argues Gautam Bhatia in The Outlook. By Zafar Anjum
The withdrawal of Wendy Doniger’s book reflects the increasing influence of the hyper-critic who reads not for pleasure or knowledge, but to spot offensiveness. By Indrajit Hazra
A pamphlet against the book, “The Hindus: An Alternative History” seen at Dinanath Batra’s office in Delhi on Wednesday. It was Mr. Batra’s campaign that forced Penguin to withdraw and destroy remaining copies of the book on Hinduism. By Neha Thirani Bagri
When mere threat of prosecution can stymie free speech, even lay people inflict self-censorship.
This narrows India’s intellectual discourse, says PEN International.