Offence: The Hindu Case


Claiming to take a leaf out of the Islamic book, Hindu nationalists are no longer prepared to suffer insult, denigration or offence, past and present, in silence. And offence is found everywhere—in art galleries, schools and universities, books, films, music and online. Hindu nationalists have targeted all these, attacking art galleries and driving artists into exile, tearing down posters they consider obscene, demanding bans on books that don’t conform to their version of history, vandalising research institutes and threatening its academics, forcing film studios to change scripts or musicians to alter lyrics, destroying mosques and abusing Muslims. In the process, they have plunged India into chaos and alienated many sectors of this multicultural society. Most seriously, they threaten the secular India of its founding fathers.

The Seagull catalogue describes the book here:

To many outside India, Hinduism is envisioned as the foundation of an ideal, all-embracing society. Yet this is far from the truth. Though historically the practice of Hinduism does promote the idea of an inclusive and tolerant way of life, in the past decade Hindu extremists have captured the religion and perverted it to their own ideological ends. In The Hindu Case, Indian journalist Salil Tripathi meticulously documents how Hindu fundamentalists have succeeded in censoring and banning many cultural works, tampered with university teaching, and prevented academics from continuing in their jobs. In addition, Tripathi shows that these extremists are in the process of rewriting the ancient Hindu scriptures.

This title in the Manifestos for the 21st Century Series, published in collaboration with the Index on Censorship, the only international magazine dedicated to promoting and protecting free expression, focuses on the rights, tolerance, censorship, and dissent within India’s complex society, and it is an essential read for those interested in the struggle between religious fundamentalism and free expression.

Salil Tripathi was born in Bombay, India. For many years a correspondent in India, Singapore and Hong Kong for publications including India Today and Far Eastern Eco¬nomic Review, he moved to London in 1999, where he lives with his two sons, and has written frequently for Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Guardian, Independ¬ent, New Statesman, Spectator, Prospect, Index on Censorship, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post and Salon. In India, he is a columnist for Mint and a writer-at-large for Tehelka. He is on the board of English PEN as well as a member of its Writers-in-Prison Committee. A senior visiting fellow for business and human rights at Kennedy School, Harvard University, he is also an adviser to several global initiatives involving business and human rights.

Offence: The Hindu Case
Salil Tripathi
Manifestos for the 21st Century

Seagull Books
August 2009
4.25 x 7 inches, 130pp, 10 halftones.

ISBN : 9781906497385
Price : Rs.395 [hb]


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