Hindu fundamentalists in Indian try to ban book


by Sunny
21st October, 2010 at 7:33 am    

Yesterday the Guardian reported:

The prize-winning author Rohinton Mistry was today at the centre of a row in India after his novel Such a Long Journey was cut from a university reading list after complaints from an extremist group.

The decision to withdraw the book by the vice chancellor of Mumbai University, Dr Rajan M Welukar, shocked many in India’s cosmopolitan commercial centre. Supporters of Mistry and free speech campaigners criticised the university for agreeing to the demands of the nationalist Shiv Sena, which has a reputation for using violence to intimidate opponents.

The bastards. I loved that book as well. It’s an outrage that academics in India are so spineless and the government does nothing about it (as was the case during Satanic Verses).

Now, Rohinton Mistry has hit out:

via Sunder Katwala


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  1. John — on 21st October, 2010 at 12:20 pm  

    Muslim fundamentalists in UK try to get people killed

    Hardliners call for deaths of Surrey Muslims
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/hardliners-call-for-deaths-of-surrey-muslims-2112268.html

  2. Kamal — on 21st October, 2010 at 1:52 pm  

    Yeah John cos Hindu fundamentalists in India have never killed anyone -not Muslims in Gujurat or Christians in Orissa etc

  3. Kismet Hardy — on 21st October, 2010 at 2:44 pm  

    Can someone please ban Stieg Larson and those fuck-awful Girl With The Golden Gonad books? At least from the hands of people who sit opposite me on trains looking like they’ve got such a more important read and judging me for my Beano annual

  4. damon — on 21st October, 2010 at 5:10 pm  

    This is someone I’d never heard of before, and the book goes on my ”to read or to look out for” list.
    He is a Canadian though. He went there at the age of 23 in 1975. That makes him a bit of a tourist unless he has spent a lot of time back in India.

    Of course I don’t agree with banning anything, but this is a local matter really. That a book got taken off a syllabus at a Mumbai university is hardly more interesting than the Tower Hamlets mayoral election today. Shiv Sena notwithstanding.

  5. Kismet Hardy — on 21st October, 2010 at 10:36 pm  

    I know this is irrelevant to this post, but there’s a piece of news story that’s REALLY bugging me.

    You know the Saudi Ponce’s manservant that got murdered?

    Bandar Abdulaziz?

    The dude is clearly of a black origin and bandar means monkey. That suggests it was a cruel nickname forced upon him. I hate the idea newspapers reporting the story are mocking him in death

  6. africana — on 21st October, 2010 at 10:48 pm  

    really? i don’t speak arabic but i have heard of terms like abdi (slave) being used by the ignoirant amongst the gulf arabs. that is awful, if it’s true.

  7. africana — on 21st October, 2010 at 10:52 pm  

    what about bandar bush, though? his real name is bandar bin sulatn bin something bin something bin something. according to wiki, in indian langauges it means monkey but in persian it means port, so i would guess that the meaning is closer to the persian.

  8. Kismet Hardy — on 21st October, 2010 at 11:45 pm  

    I hope you’re right buddy

  9. Vikrant — on 23rd October, 2010 at 10:01 am  

    bandar means “port” in Hindi as well Kismet… perhaps not in bong tongue though :) !

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