India: Scared penguins!
Penguin Books India has agreed to withdraw from sale all copies of a book that takes an unorthodox view of Hinduism, and will destroy them as part of a settlement after a case was filed against the publisher.
The publisher, part of Penguin Random House, agreed in a Delhi court to withdraw the book “The Hindus: An Alternative History” by American scholar Wendy Doniger on Tuesday as part of the settlement reached on Monday.
A copy of the settlement, widely circulated on social media on Tuesday, says Penguin “shall ensure that the book is completely withdrawn/cleared” from India “at the earliest” and within six months.
A group of Hindu academics filed the civil suit in a New Delhi court claiming the book, published in 2009, contained factual errors and parts of it also misrepresented Hindu mythology.
But obviously not enough…