Feb 13, 2014
By Scott Walker
A publishing house in India is destroying all outstanding copies of an American scholar’s history of Hinduism. It’s part of a legal settlement with a small Hindu nationalist group.
The group called the “Save Education Movement” lodged objections to religious historian Wendy Doniger’s book, The Hindus: An Alternative History. The 2009 work refers to some religious texts as fictional.
Penguin India says it is halting all sales of Doniger’s book and destroying remaining inventory. Bookstores in Delhi are now refusing to sell any copies.
The decision has stunned many Indian writers and intellectuals. Many see it as a sign of growing intolerance of dissent in India.