Pravin Togadia—whose Twitter handle describes him as "Renowned Cancer Surgeon ; International Working President, VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad)—has stirred up a controversy by a speech alleged to have been made on Saturday, April 19, 2014, targeting Muslims for buying properties in Hindu areas.
When news first broke of Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti (SBAS) also targeting Wendy Doniger's On Hinduism published by the Aleph Book Company, after its success with getting Penguin Books India to withdraw her The Hindus: An Alternative History, Atul Kothari, co-convenor of SBAS, was quoted by The Sunday Express as saying, “We have been given an oral assurance by the publishers that the sales of the book will be stalled. The publishers have been given a week’s time to provide an assurance in writing, failing which, SBAS would move the judiciary.” He had said that they would wait for a written assurance for a week, failing which the Samiti may take its next “democratic step” to ensure the book is withdrawn.
For those who came in late:
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.
While Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti continues to be rightly taken to task for his racist and misogynst remarks against women from Africa, his party colleague, and AAP Executive Member Kumar Vishwas is facing the flak for his remarks made in a kavi sammelan in 2008.
This "statement showing number of communal incidents, tensions and casualties (state-wise) in the country during the period 2012" was released by the home minister at the National Integration Council meeting on Sep 23, the first time that data has been provided for Muslims and Hindus separately.