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Penguin defends pulping book on Hindus in India after row

Published on Feb 14, 2014 3:40 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Publisher Penguin on Friday blamed India's "intolerant" laws for its decision to pull and pulp a book on Hinduism in the country that sparked a furious free speech row.

Days after agreeing to withdraw a 2009 book, The Hindus: An Alternative History, to settle a court battle, Penguin India insisted it was committed to free thought and expression.

But Penguin said it also "has the same obligation as any other organisation to respect the laws of the land in which it operates, however intolerant and restrictive those laws may be".

"We also have a moral responsibility to protect our employees against threats and harassment where we can," its statement added.

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