When The Liberal Mask Slips
- October 1988 Rajiv Gandhi government bans Satanic Verses on the basis of a book review because it ‘hurts’ Muslim sentiments. Ban still in force. Controversy around the book resurfaces in the run-up to the 2012 Jaipur Literature Festival.
- ’90s onwards M.F. Husain finds himself the target of Hindutva ire for his “vulgar” paintings of Hindu deities. Several exhibitions of his paintings are attacked. Dies abroad in self-imposed exile after Centre does nothing to ensure his safe return.
- November 1996 Violent protests, including by Hindutva activists and feminists, mar the Miss World event in Bangalore.
- December 2003 Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute in Pune vandalised by NCP-based Sambhaji Brigade. Reason: ORI helped writer James Laine with translations of old manuscripts for his book Shivaji, Hindu King in Islamic India. Shrikant Bahulkar, a scholar who...