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Imbalance in public discourse – Wendy Doniger Syndrome

Summary of talk by Sandeep Balakrishna

By Aradhana


There are three groups that exert influence on the way public think- Media, Academia, Intellectuals. These sections decide what the public should think.

Wendy Doniger’s book- “The Hindus -An alternative history” was first published in 2009 by “Penguin” publishers. Sri Dinanath Batra filed a case against the publisher. As a part of the settlement, “Penguin” withdrew the book voluntarily.

On the withdrawal of the book, Wendy says that it was violation of her freedom of expression. Some intellectuals from west and unsurprisingly from India too support her. Below are few points that are noteworthy.

1. The book was not banned but the publisher Penguin withdrew the book

2.The issue is not at all about freedom of speech but it is about distortion of Hindu scriptures

3.The outrage of the intellectuals is not a real outrage but a manufactured one.

4.It was debated on TV shows that banning/ withdrawing from publishing is not the right way of expressing the disagreement but writing a critic about the book would have been . Nevertheless, eminent authors and scholars such as Swami Tyagananda, Rajiv Malhotra, Madan Lal Goel have written a detailed critique on the book but unfortunately the same have been buried by a biased media.

5. She frequently mistranslated certain words. For example, the ‘Kamasaktha’ word is used for Dasharatha. ‘Kama’ according to her is just sexual desire whereas ‘Kama’ does not necessarily mean sexual desire in our scriptures. ‘Kama’ is passion or desire.

6. She refers to Kamasutra for understanding arts, science and architecture of India.

7. She refuses to have discussion about the book with other scholars labeling them as Hindutva forces.

Why is Wendy Doniger powerful?

Wendy Doniger is a professor at University of Chicago and heads American Academy of Religion, AAR . The Indian students studying in USA and doing research cannot go against her.

How is Hindutva targeted?

1. Christianity is taught by a Christian, Islam by a Muslim but Hinduism in Universities is not taught by Hindus.

2.We Hindus are being told by outsiders, ‘who we are’ for almost 200 yrs.

3.Scholars and intellectuals from other countries come to India, learn Sanskrit and translate our books in their own way. These intellectuals call their gurus who taught them Sanskrit as “Native informers”

Some questions to Media

1.The media or intellectuals did not talk when other books were banned

2.Many books that were written against Nehru dynasty were banned. A book by Salman Rushdie (The Moor’s Last Sigh (1995)) was banned just because he named a dog in his book as “Jawaharlal”

3.”The Red Saree” book is banned in India and the media did not raise its voice against the ban.

4.Media did not support Tasleema Nasreen when her book was banned and on the contrary she was attacked.

Deliberate Attack on Hindus by Wendy Doniger’s “The Hindus”

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”