Books are what make us view the world from different perspectives. However, the world, in general, is not good at handling criticism. Hence, governments or nations have banned books that have criticized them for their actions. Besides, many books are banned in India but we must read them to understand the why behind their ban. They are also excellent to know how governments have been afraid of criticism and how books can easily hurt religious sentiments.
Some Of The Books Banned In India That You Should Read
1. Lajja by Taslima Nasreen
Lajja was banned not only by the West Bengal government in India and the high court of West Bengal but also in Bangladesh. Additionally, Lajja tells the tale of how Bangladeshi Muslims have failed to protect the minorities in the country. The book also talks about religious extremists. Taslima Nasreen’s book, Lajja, also covers the demolition of the Babri masjid and the violence that took place after, not only in India but also in Bangladesh.
2. The Land of the Lingam by Arthur Miles
The Land of the Lingam is a critical take on the Hindu religion, and hence the country banned it. Besides, it also takes a critical perspective on the caste system prevalent in Hindus. The book also talks about the role of priests in religious practices and their lives.
3. The Hindus: An Alternative History by Wendy Doniger
The book, released in 2009. The country banned it because of its pictures containing Lord Krishna. Additionally, the book also takes controversial stances on many other Hindu Gods and Goddesses, including Lord Rama and Sita.
4. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie, one of the most famous writers of India, is popular for his controversial statements and books. The Satanic Verses is no different. The religious extremist groups from Islam claimed that the book is hurting the religious sentiments of the people. Moreover, they also said that the book is blasphemous.
5. The Polyester Prince: The Rise of Dhirubhai Ambani by Hamish McDonald
Dhirubhai Ambani is a name that no Indian can ever get out of their mind. The book by Hamish McDonald covers the rise of capitalistic society in India. It was controversial because the author made various claims about the building of the business by Dhirubhai Ambani. However, the Ambani family said that the book was only to defame the family.