Wendy Doniger’s “The Hindus: An Alternative History,” is a 2009 book which was protested by the HIndu American Foundation in America when it was first released.. Now, when the book is withdrawn in Bharat, some of the “so-called liberal scholars” are trying to create a picture that pressure was suddenly put to ban the book by Hindu activists in wake of the recent popularity of Narendra Modi ! This is crass propaganda.
Below is a short sequence of events surrounding the book and some articles related to it.
Dina Nath Batra, an 84 year old activist who filed the lawsuit in 2010 in Bharat, said in an interview that the book insulted Hinduism it contained factual inaccuracies. Shiksha Bachao Andolan Committee lodged multiple complaints against Doniger and The Penguin Group, publishing giant. The objectionable passages in the book are defamatory, objectionable and insulting to freedom fighters and Hindu gods. Eminent personalities including a former ambassador, historian, educationist and freedom fighter approached a court of law for deletion of these passages.
In 2011, Prof.Kalyanraman and Dr.Bharat Gupt’s gave a detailed presentation about the shoddy work that is going on in America on the name of scholarship, esp related to Hinduism studies in an International Conference in Hawaii. The link is below
In his books ” Invading the Sacred”, Rajeev Malhotra of Infinity foundation explains about the modus-operandi of Hinduism studies in America.
After a four-year legal battle, Penguin agreed to withdraw this book and gave an undertaking to the court to this effect. Hence the withdrawal of this book is an outcome of a valid, legal battle fought by people of eminence in this vibrant democracy
As is the practise of the Marxist- Leninist group of historians/ writers, a mass propaganda was unleashed that the book was forced to be banned by fascists and fanatics.
A few more articles on the subject.
Hindu Forum of Great Britain says ” Hindus have been vindicated”