POSTED BY Buzz ON Feb 11, 2014 AT 18:11 IST ,  Edited At: Feb 11, 2014 18:11 IST

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Today's Developments

The legal notice sent by Dina Nath Batra to Wendy Doniger, Penguin Group (USA) Inc. and Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd:

Read from Outlook archives:

This is not a case of a ban, or censorship or overt or covert governmental or judicial censorship, this is a case instead of moral policing and an abject surrender by Penguin India, in abdication of their responsibility to stand by their author and fight the legal battle.

Salil Tripathi in the Mint: Penguin’s disappointing surrender

Last night I asked Doniger what she thought about her publisher’s decision. Deeply concerned, she told me: “Penguin has indeed given up the lawsuit, and will no longer publish the book. Of course, anyone with a computer can get the Kindle edition from Penguin, NY, and it’s probably cheaper, too. It is simply no longer possible to ban books in the age of the Internet. For that, and for all the people who have expressed outrage over this, I am deeply grateful.”

I also asked Penguin for its response. At the time of writing, Chiki Sarkar, Penguin’s publisher, had not replied.

Some of the reactions and discussions on Twitter:

POSTED BY Buzz ON Feb 11, 2014 AT 18:11 IST ,  Edited At: Feb 11, 2014 18:11 IST
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13/D-86
Feb 17, 2014
11:38 AM

The trash defending this ban in this forum is the same as the garbage that supports Modi.

communalist
mumbai, India
12/D-55
Feb 16, 2014
04:17 AM

 We should appreciate and be grateful for the civilizational effort to save the natives from the primitive rotten pagan religions by the intellectual giants from the superior western culture and their enlightened brown cousins in India.

Pradip Singh
stafford, uk
11/D-83
Feb 14, 2014
01:21 PM

>> what scared Penguin is the complainant had a fair case which Penguin would have lost.

Excellent point.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
10/D-82
Feb 14, 2014
01:16 PM

5/D-62 "Arundhati: "Tell us what scared you, Penguin?"" - what scared Penguin is the complainant had a fair case which Penguin would have lost.   

Rajesh Chary
Mumbai, India
9/D-65
Feb 14, 2014
12:15 PM

 Arundhati: "Tell us what scared you, Penguin?" - Anwaar

There were no threats of violence or mayhem, so the only answer is that Penguin was afraid of losing the case in court. Being a criminal and not a civil case this would have entailed the risk of a jail sentence in the event that they lost.

Wendy Doniger has castigated the Indian judicial system in that the criminal provisions are designed to benefit Hindus. Given her general attitude towrds hindus, this is not just a mistaken notion but a deliberate falsification of facts.

The law may be bad but the remedy is to challenge the law, not praise the system and the judiciary when you win and scream "insaaf nahin hua" when you lose. As Monika Arorahas said those criticising Penguin's decision are those who believe 

"we will obey the law if it suits us, otherwise damn it."

Bonita
Chennai, India
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