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Deepshikha Ghosh | NDTV | February 12, 2014:: All copies of American scholar Wendy Doniger’s “The Hindus: An Alternative History”, published by Penguin, will be recalled within six months and destroyed as part of a court-backed settlement with a group that called the 2009 book “insulting to Hindus.”
While accepting the settlement, Penguin said it “respects all religions worldwide”.Ms Doniger however defended the publishing house, saying, “Penguin, India, took this book on knowing that it would stir anger in the Hindutva ranks, and they defended it in the courts for four years, both as a civil and as a criminal suit.” ……. The Shiksha Bachao Andolan moved court in 2011 arguing that Ms Doniger’s book insults Indians, especially Hindus, and is full of factual errors.The fringe group slammed the book as a “shallow, distorted, non-serious presentation of Hinduism filled with heresies and charged that the author’s approach was “that of a woman hungry for sex.”In an earlier interview, Ms Doniger had said, “I have a double disadvantage among the Hindutva (pro-Hindu) types. I’m not a Hindu and I am not a male…it’s considered unseemly for a woman to talk about sex.”The 800-page book, which was priced at over Rs. 700, is already out of stock in popular online shops but downloadable copies are being circulated on Twitter.
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