The Book of Con­tro­versy

India Today - - MAIL -

IN­DI­A­TO­DAY’S story “The Of­fended In­dian” (Fe­bru­ary 24) high­lights the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing Wendy Doniger’s The Hin­dus: An Al­ter­na­tive His­tory. Did her free­dom to ex­press mus­ings on Hin­duism pose such a big threat that the Shik­sha Bachao An­dolan Samiti saw it as a chal­lenge to so­ci­ety? Was it so sub­ver­sive that the “al­ter­na­tive” in­ter­pre­ta­tion was shunned and the book with­drawn and pulped by the pub­lish­ers? She was merely test­ing pluralism of the re­li­gion. Those who may be of­fended by the book sim­ply need not read it. But sti­fling an opin­ion is not the cor­rect ap­proach. But as the au­thor says, it will be dif­fi­cult to wipe out her book com­pletely in the era of In­ter­net and tech­nol­ogy.

SHAMITA HARSH, Dehradun

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