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Wendy Doniger the Hindus

Take My Book...Please: Further Thoughts on the Doniger Controversy

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.18.2014 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

Increasing readership, instead of restraining it, is only one reason suppressing books on religious grounds tends to backfire.

Academic Integrity: It's What's Missing at the AAR

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

If a few bad apples aren't reason enough for the AAR to adopt its own Code of Ethics, perhaps the reminder that a scholar is not just a researcher, but a mentor to future generations will be.

Ban, Ban, Our Own Taliban

Anil Dharker | Posted 05.06.2014 | Books
Anil Dharker

In the India of today, anything that is "alternative," or takes an unconventional look at history, biography or mythology (among other things) becomes unacceptable to some fanatical group or the other.

India's Fundamentalists Triumph In Case Over 'The Hindus'

Stephen Prothero | Posted 04.28.2014 | Religion
Stephen Prothero

Banishment of "The Hindus" from India is emboldening the culture warriors who claim to speak on behalf of all Hindus. But this is not a victory for "Hinduism" over its American despisers. It is a victory of one group of Hindus over another.

Ominous Dance of Indian Democracy

Dileep Padgaonkar | Posted 04.26.2014 | World
Dileep Padgaonkar

What gives this rising tide of intolerance in India an ominous ring is the failure of the executive, police and judicial establishments to bring the vandals to justice. The fear of earning their wrath indeed permeates all levels of governance. In the process, what is central to the very idea of India -- a celebration of its bewildering diversity -- runs the risk of rapid emasculation.

The Scholars: An Alternative Story About Wendy Doniger and The Hindus

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

There are Hindus who decline to celebrate a lie. They refuse to participate in the oblivious celebration of racial, national, and class privilege that denies them their own voice. They do not share the academic and literary elite's admiration for a book like The Hindus.

Indian Censorship and the Curious Case of Wendy Doniger

Murali Balaji | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

While media coverage has focused on the implications of Penguin's decision to pull the book and destroy all copies in India, there are some important contextual factors to understand to help articulate why this isn't merely a case of religious extremists getting their way (as Doniger has claimed).

Penguin Withdraws Controversial Hinduism Book

Posted 02.13.2014 | Religion

Penguin Books India has agreed to withdraw a controversial book on Hinduism as settlement for a lawsuit filed in 2011, The New York Times reported. ...