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Success: Penguin to destroy copies of Wendy Doniger’s hackneyed ‘The Hindus – An Alternative History’.

Posted by hinduexistence on February 12, 2014

 ok Lie of Wendy Doniger

Penguin to destroy copies of ‘The Hindus': Deeply troubled by what it foretells for free speech in India, says Wendy Doniger.

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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.”

Penguin India reportedly agreed to pulp all remaining copies of the book in a pact signed in a Delhi court with the “Shiksha Bachao Andolan.”
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The contents of that agreement, reportedly signed earlier this month, have been leaked on social media and have provoked outrage.Penguin has reportedly agreed to stop publishing or distributing the book, described in some reviews as a “vivid reinterpretation of Hinduism.”
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“I am deeply troubled by what it foretells for free speech in India in the present, and steadily worsening, political climate,” Wendy Doniger said in a statement. (Read statement). The capitulation is being linked to mounting legal costs, but many have found it “disturbing” that the global publishing company caved in instead of continuing the fight.

Read: Dishonesty on Doniger: Balbir Punj:: Indian Express.

Doniger, Hindus and spurious concern of fraudulent Left-liberals ~ Kanchan Gupta :: Niti Central.

‘We will protest against anything we find offensive’ :: Rediff.

‘When Westerners make fun of our gods, they’re instigating trouble':: Rediff.

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.

Story First Published by NDTV on February 11, 2014.
Shortened. Illustrations are not the part of the source material of NDTV.
Read the Hindu Existence’s  Protest from the Beginning: 

“Hindus: An Alternative History” by Dr. Wendy Doniger – a malicious spy ware to damage the net of Hindu Resurgence. Don’t open it. It is dangerous.

(Some updates inserted even in next weeks).  

Courtesy: NDTV | Niti Central | Rediff | Indian Express.

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“Hindus: An Alternative History” by Dr. Wendy Doniger – a malicious spy ware to damage the net of Hindu Resurgence. Don’t open it. It is dangerous.

Posted by hinduexistence on March 19, 2010

Hindus in New York denounce Doniger’s book ” Hindus: An Alternative History”

Narain Kataria in New York

A consortium of Hindu organizations, temples and concerned individuals in New York and New Jersey area organized a protest demonstration at New School University Building in New York City on March 10th.  The demonstration was against the decision of National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) to consider honoring Dr. Wendy Doniger for her book “Hindus: An Alternative History”.

[Please note that Prof. Wendy Doniger was not selected by NBCC for the honor.  However, because of the very contentious nature of the Doniger award and its ramifications you are requested not to write or call NBCC in any way – positive or negative.]

The protesters argued that Wendy Doniger’s book contains numerous factual errors, mischaracterizations, and shows an undercurrent of deep contempt for Hindus.  For decades Dr. Doniger has been masquerading as a scholar on Hinduism and in the Sanskrit language.  However Wales Professor of Sanskrit at Harvard Michael Witzel has described Wendy’s translations of rig veda, jaiminiya brahmana and manusmriti in these stark terms – ‘lacking common sense’, ‘unreliable’, ‘idiosyncratic’ ,and “a stream of unconnected George-Bush-like anacoluths “.

In the words of the BBC, “Doniger is known for being rude, crude and very lewd in the hallowed portals of Sanskrit Academics”.

She called the Bhagavad Gita (one of the most sacred Hindu scripture and a classic of world religious literature) a “dishonest book” that “justifies war.”

We condemn this book for its gross factual errors and gratuitously hurtful and contemptuous depictions e.g. comparing revered Hindu goddesses to Playboy models, mocking Hindus as unfaithful “serial monogamists”.  This book caricatures Hinduism in a grossly offensive and degrading manner.

Doniger wants this book to be used as a “basic textbook” on Hinduism and India.  Not only will this book subject students to a warped, false and bigoted version of Hinduism, it will also expose Indian-American youth to ridicule and bigotry.

Narain Kataria, President of the Indian American Intellectuals Forum (IAIF), one of the organizers of the protest said that most learned scholars of Hinduism and Sanskrit do not think highly of Doniger.  They have totally rejected Doniger’s deceptive claims of being a Sanskrit scholar and they have also stated that her understanding of Hinduism is very superficial and often dead wrong.  To repeat, the above book by Dr. Doniger is a work that promotes bigotry, racism and intolerance.  According to one Hindu Sanskrit scholar  “Her Rg Veda – I own a copy – illustrates her poor knowledge of Sanskrit and her translation is just literal, if at all.  She does not have the depth of knowledge to delve deep into Hindu texts and unravel their real meaning”.

We held the demonstration to expose her bogus scholarship about Hinduism and discredit her in the eyes of academia using objective and factual criteria.  Our purpose was to caution NBCC to think twice before considering Doniger for any honor.

By giving a pornographic twist to Hindu objects of veneration and worship, Doniger is trying to create the illusion that Hinduism is nothing but a crude immoral religion.  This has the potential to create disaffection, disillusionment and depression in the minds of Hindu children about Hindu Dharma.

We organized the demonstration to protest those who willingly and deliberately support Dr. Wendy Deniger’s anti-Hindu agenda.

In no particular order, the following Hindu organizations/leaders from the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area participated in this protest:

Raju Nanoo, Chairman, Trustee Board, Kerala Hindus of North America;

Dr. Vasudeva C. Murthy, President, Kannada Koota;

Srinivas Shakelly, Forum for Hindu Awakening;

Bidyut Sarkar, International Federation of Bangladeshi Hindus and Friends;

Sher Bahadur Singh, Member, Board of Directors, International Hindi Samiti;

Sunanda Thali, Hindu Human Rights Watch;

Ramen Nandi, Bharat Sevashram Sangh;

Nagendra Rao, President, Sanatana Dharma Pratishsthapana Foundation;

Dr. Sudhakar Reddy, Overseas Friends of Bharatiya Janata Party (OFBJP);

Kamal Pandey of Foundation of Nepalese in America;

Sher Bahadur Singh of Rashtravadi Gorkha Seva Dal;

Arish Sahani and Nand Ramsinghani of Indian American Intellectuals Forum; and USHA.

Upananda Brahmachari of Hindu Existence expressed his pleasure about the success of the above protest and requested the organizer to move further in vehement protests, agitations, demonstrations, signature campaigns against Dr. Wendy Doniger and her book  “Hindus:  An Alternative History” ,whatever and whenever it is possible.

The Critical analysis of Upananda Brahmachari upon Doniger ‘s book will be published here soon. Keep watching.

Important Web Links Critiquing Prof. Wendy Doniger:

1. Whose history is it anyway? by By Prof.  Aseem Shukla  |  March 17, 2010; 8:17 PM ET in The Washington Post.

1 a. http://indianrealist.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/scholarly-critique-of-donigers-scholarship/

2. http://vishalagarwal.voiceofdharma.com/articles/thaah/index.htm

3. http://bharatabharati.wordpress.com/2010/02/04/wendy-doniger-does-a-doggie-shrinivas-tilak/

4. http://rajivmalhotra.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=30:risa-lila-1-wendys-child-syndrome&catid=20:american-education-reform&Itemid=26

5. http://www.petitiononline.com/dharma10/petition.html

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