I hated when I came to Know about the fate of The Hindus: An Alternative History in India. Penguin India withdrew the copies of Wendy Doniger‘s book off the shelves and also destroyed the remaining copies of the book. The action were taken because of the lawsuit flied against the book by a group which says that the book was ” written with a Christian missionary zeal and hidden agenda to denigrate Hindus and show their religion in poor light.”
I agree sometimes a book can harm the feelings of a group of people but India is a country which is advocating free speech and tolerance and such actions can only be seen as an ironic weeds in the nucleus of the society
When M.F Hussian, India’s most gifted artist, died on the foreign soil, many poured in their tributes and also regrets that he could not live his last days in India. Due to the dismissive intolerance of few had made him to leave the country. When I saw the number of tributes, I said to myself, “if so many people cared for him, then why did he had to leave the country?”
On the same note, nobody cares that the same has happened to Salman Rushdie. The Satanic Versus was controversial and won him Fatwa, but that was not end of it. His next book, The Moor’s Last Sigh was also temporarily banned in India, one of the reasons being the dog in the book was name Jawahar (The courts in India later over-ruled the ban)
It doesn’t end here. Along with art and books, cinema also faces the same hypocrisy of freedom of expression. (You must read the hilarious and jaw-aching interview of the CEO of Censor board, Mr Rakesh Kumar )
I believe that the book-burning, drawing insecurity from literature, or controlling the art/cinema are the signs of weak society. What are your views on the Fatwas, bans and censorship of books/art/cinema/media ?
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