STATEMENT on Wendy Doniger’s book

The surrender of a major publishing firm (Penguin India) over Professor Wendy Doniger's book The Hindus, an Alternative History, in a recent out-of-court settlement that involves the withdrawal of the book and the pulping of its copies, has rightly aroused much disquiet among all circles committed to freedom of speech and respect for scholarly disagreements. The event has, however, a still more sinister aspect. It is, clearly an early salvo in the renewed campaign to drown all questioning voices and prepare the ground for a full-fledged chauvinistic and communal presentation of our history and culture with no quarter allowed to dissenting voices. The misuse of judiciary to browbeat the author or publisher of a book that the bigots do not like is characteristic of the usual Hindutva campaign. The next step, as some newspaper reports already suggest, is to extend the net of censorship and use government machinery, wherever available, to extend to school and college textbooks the same kind of misinformation, chauvinistic claims and denigration of other religions and cultures that we had seen during the past B.J.P.-led regime at the centre.
It is, therefore, necessary not only to condemn what has happened in regard to the Hindus, an Alternative History, especially the pusillanimity of the publisher, but also to redouble our vigilance in regard to what is still to come.


Prof. D. N. Jha                        
Prof.  Archana Prasad             
Prof. Kesavan Veluthat
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Prof. Irfan Habib                    
Prof. C. P. Chandrasekhar                  
Indira Chandrasekhar
Prof. Rajiv Gupta                    
Prof. Mihir Bhattacharya                    
Prof. Iqdar Alam Khan
Prof Mridula Mukherjee                     
Badri Raina                                         
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Prof. Amar Farooqui                           
Prof. Saira I. Habib
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Prof. Anil Bhatti                                 
Sashi Kumar
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Prof. Shakti Kak                                 
M. K. Raina
Prof. Atluri Murli                    
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Prof. Anil Sadgopal                
Ram Rahman                                      
Madhu Prasad 
Prof. Jayati Ghosh                  
Sohail Hashmi                          
Prof.Ranbir Chakraborty
Dr. P. K. Shukla                      
Girish Mishra                                      
Madan Gopal Singh
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Ashok Rao                                          
Dr.Lata Singh              
Mukul Dubey                         
Parthiv Shah                                       
Vivan Sundaram
Dr. Biswamoy Pati                  
Prof. R.C. Thakaran                            
Prof. R. Mahalakshmi
Dr. Rakesh Batabyal               
Dr Anil Singh Viswa Bharati               
Prof A C Sinha           
Dr India Gupta                                    
Dr Hemant Kumar Mishra                  
Dr Mridul Bordoloi
V K Jha                                  
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Hitendra Patel
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Rita Chaudhuri
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Prita Bhattacharya                               
Girish Chandra Pandey
Syed Irfan Habib                    
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Saba Hasan                                         
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Geeta Kapur
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