Go India Go, go Indians go,
Keep Banning all the good books and good Movies,
there will be no Quality left to enjoy, and there will be no freedom left to cherish..!! You are taking India to into the Darkness of Freedom. Quote By Saint of Upliftthem.
Quote from LA Times: India's constitution enshrines free speech, but its laws against defamation and upsetting the public order are broad, leading a growing number of publishers — storied houses such as Penguin Books India included — "to shy away from books that carry even a whiff of controversy".
Quote from Sydney Morning Harald: In theory, India is a liberal democracy with freedom of expression. In practice, it has become a place where "extremist outfits demand a ban at the drop of a hat".
Quote from Slate Magazine: The one silver lining of all of this is that the group that filed the suit against Doniger’s book, Shiksha Bachao Andolan, or the “Save Education Campaign” has given her a huge sales boost. "The worst enemy of censorship is always curiosity".
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These are some of the latest critics and news about Book Banning in India Volatile religious passions are leading to a climate of fear and shrinking the space for dissent.
Ever since Indian Muslims demanded the banning of Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Ver-ses in 1988 and the Indian government obliged (India was the first government in the world to ban it), extremist Hindus have been miffed.
They have been doing their best to match militant Muslims in defending their faith against so-called attacks from books or films. In this competitive intolerance, the space for dissent has shrunk.
India's tough defamation, public order laws fell another book
Wendy Doniger's 'The Hindus' is the latest book withdrawn by an Indian publisher because of a lawsuit over its depiction of the religion.For Indian writers and intellectuals, it was the latest worrisome setback for the printed word in a country that likes to think of itself as a freewheeling, pluralistic democracy. In recent years, frank portrayals of Mohandas K. Gandhi, secretive tycoons, Hindu hard-liners and the national airline have been withdrawn by publishers or partially banned by authorities, often under pressure from conservatives.India's constitution enshrines free speech, but its laws against defamation and upsetting the public order are broad, leading a growing number of publishers — storied houses such as Penguin Books India included — to shy away from books that carry even a whiff of controversy.
"In India you publish at your peril," Pratap Bhanu Mehta, president of a prominent think tank, wrote in the Indian Express. He said the decision to "pulp" (the industry term for destroy) Doniger's book was "the pulping of liberal India."