Penguin Books India has recalled and plans to destroy all copies of The Hindus: An Alternative History by Wendy Doniger, in order to settle a lawsuit brought about by a Hindu nationalist group that claimed the religion was misrepresented by the book. According to reports, the book over-eroticizes the religion. In exchange for pulling the 2009 book from shelves, the group has agreed to drop all lawsuits against Penguin.
According to The New York Times, Dina Nath Batra, the head of Shiksha Bacho Andolan, a Hindu educational organization in New Delhi, filed the complaint in 2011 alleging that the book “has hurt the religious feelings of millions of Hindus” in doing do broke Indian law. Doniger responded to the case on Facebook, criticizing India’s free speech laws. She writes: Read more