Penguin’s disappointing surrender4 min read 11 Feb 2014, 04:29 PM IST
A quarter century ago, Penguin had published another controversial book, Salman Rushdie's 'The Satanic Verses'
This is not a ban; it is surrender. There is no nicer way to put it. Rather than fight the case in higher courts, instead of making the case of freedom of expression and academic freedom, and avoiding the option of standing by a renowned author, Penguin has decided to throw in the towel and agreed to withdraw Wendy Doniger’s award-winning, scholarly, entertaining, and authoritative book, The Hindus: An Alternative History, and to destroy remaining copies within six months.
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