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US academic 'angry' after book on Hindus pulped in India

Published on Feb 12, 2014 5:22 PM

DELHI (AFP) - American scholar Wendy Doniger said she was "angry and disappointed" that all copies of her latest book on Hinduism will be pulped in India after a legal row that has ignited fears about free speech.

Her publisher Penguin agreed on Monday to withdraw the 2009 book "The Hindus: An Alternative History" to settle a court battle with an activist group which took offence to the depiction of the religion.

"I was of course angry and disappointed to see this happen and I am deeply troubled by what it foretells for free speech in India in the present, and steadily worsening, political climate," she wrote in an email statement on Tuesday.

Dr Doniger, 74, wrote in her statement that as a "publisher's daughter, I particularly wince at the knowledge that the existing books (unless they are bought out quickly by people intrigued by all the brouhaha) will be pulped."

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