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Blog: Must Read Books That Are Banned In India!




By: Krishma | August 19, 2021

From past few years, the situation in our country is such that criticism is not very well received. Of course, we are referring especially to the last seven years. But do you know, the suppression of voice has even led to the ban on several books that are a must read.

So, let’s have a look at the books that are prohibited in India.

THE LAND OF THE LINGAM

This book was written by Arthur Miles which was published in the year 1937. The subject of the book aimed at helping westerners understand Hinduism. In the book, author stated that the worship of the lingam (phallus) is an important aspect in Hindu culture. Furthermore, he has also criticized Indian caste system and wrote how Hindu priests had brought it upon society solely for the purpose of dominating the society. Also Read : Stereotypical Portrayal Of Sikhs In Bollywood!

THE SATANIC VERSES: 

This is one of the most popular books on the list which was authored by Salman Rushdie. It was published in the year 1988. Actually, ‘The Satanic Verses’ has described Islam as a faith with too many regulations and presents a ‘not so good’ image of Islamic figures. The Indian Finance Ministry had banned the book just after 9 days of its release.

THE FACE OF MOTHER INDIA: 

Another one on the list is ‘The Face Of Mother India’ by Katherine Mayo. Katherine had published this book in the year 1926 based on her travel experiences in India. As we can expect from its publishing year, our country’s circumstances then were laid back. Therefore, the book was also highly critical of harmful traditions of Hinduism, like, the marriage of children, the treatment of women and Dalits. Not only this, the book also favored British colonialism in India. Also Read : This Is The Kind Of Indo-Pak Relation We All Want!

GREAT SOUL : MAHATMA GANDHI AND HIS STRUGGLE WITH INDIA!

Another one on the list was published in the year 2011 by Joseph Lelyveld who is a Pulitzer winning journalist. Jospeh had published this book on MK Gandhi and suggested that he had an affair with a German-Jewish architect named Hermann Kallenbach. Infact, many believed that the author hinted a homosexual relationship there. Obviously, the book was banned in India.

THE POLYESTER PRINCE: 

For all the biography lovers, this one was published in 1998 by Hamish McDonald. ‘The Polyster Prince’ is a biography of Dhirubhai Ambani, founder of Reliance Industries Limited. Although, the book was released in Australia but was banned later after the business tycoon had filed a defamation case. Also Read : Tokyo Olympics 2020: All You Want To Know About Men’s Javelin Thrower Neeraj Chopra!

GODMAN TO TYCOON: THE UNTOLD STORY OF BABA RAMDEV!

Now, this one was sure to get banned! What do you think? Actually, this book was authored by Priyanka Pathak which described the instant rise of god man Ramdev. It was banned on the ground that it was disrespectful in nature while talking about Baba Ramdev.

SANTRSURYA TUKARAM AND LOKSABHA DNYANESHWAR!

Both of these novels were penned by Anand Yadav. These books were based on the lives of Sant Dnyaneshwar and Sant Tukaram. A magistrate in Pune had ordered to tear down all the copies. 

But for all the book lovers, there is a good news! It is an Internet era so if you truly want to read any of these books they are available online because its 21st century and nothing is inaccessible as such! So, go happy reading!



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