Hinduism Experts Fear Lasting Effects of Controversy Over Scholar’s Book

Hinduism Experts Fear Lasting Effects of Controversy Over Scholar’s Book 1

Anindito Mukherjee, EPA, Landov

Hindu nationalists rallied outside the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi in 2010 to protest a book that they felt misrepresented traditions of their faith. The book, by Wendy Doniger, a professor of the history of religions at the U. of Chicago, was later withdrawn by its Indian publisher.

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Anindito Mukherjee, EPA, Landov

Hindu nationalists rallied outside the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi in 2010 to protest a book that they felt misrepresented traditions of their faith. The book, by Wendy Doniger, a professor of the history of religions at the U. of Chicago, was later withdrawn by its Indian publisher.

American scholars of Hindu religion and culture say recent efforts in India to suppress the work of a prominent academic are having a chilling effect on their field.

After years of fighting lawsuits brought by a Hindu nationalist group, the Indian publisher of Wendy Doniger’s The Hindus: An Alternative History agreed in February to withdraw the book