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Indian publisher will not reprint Doniger’s second Hinduism book – Marcia Z. Nelson


Bharata Bharati

On Hinduism by Wendy Doniger

Aleph Book CompanyThe controversy over books on Hinduism by American scholar Wendy Doniger has added a new chapter. Her The Hindus: An Alternative History was recalled and pulped [in fact it sold out] by Penguin Books India in November following a four-year legal battle. The Indian penal code criminalizes speech that offends religious sensibilities, and the conservative Hindu political group Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti had pressed for the removal of the book from the Indian market. The group has objected to Doniger’s portrayal of Hinduism as sex-obsessed.

After The Hindus was withdrawn, the American Academy of Religion weighed in to express concern about political interference with free inquiry.

Now, in a statement posted Monday on its Facebook page, Aleph Book Company said it would not reprint Doniger’s On Hinduism until an independent scholarly review is conducted in response to objections raised last week by the group. Aleph chairman R.K. Mehra wrote…

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