Messages of hatred against non-Hindus AND Hindus
By BJP, RSS, VHP, Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal
Srikanth Joshi (quoted by John F. Burns in "Hindu First Party Expected to Gain in India's Election," New York Times, February 16, 1998): “Muslims are converted Hindus, but they have forgotten their Hindu-ness … So we will awake them to their Hindu-ness, and in time, they will realize their mistake.”
Shiv Sena (click)
Hatred against Hindus and prevention of free speech and scholarship
From Preface to “The Myth of the Holy Cow” by D.N.Jha (2002). London: Verso.
A few words are necessary to explain the vicissitudes the Indian edition of the book has had to face on account of the increasing weight of Hindu fundamentalism in our country. Its original publisher ‘suddenly’ discovered ‘excessive sang-de-boeuf’ in the manuscript in the final stages of printing and recanted from his professional commitment under pressure. Shortly afterwards, I began to get threats from unidentified callers asking me not to go ahead with the publication. Undeterred by all this, Matrix Books, a new and enterprising publishing house based in Delhi, mustered enough courage to publish the book promptly in the first week of August 2001. But some right-wing politicians and groups of Hindu and Jaina fanatics, without reading a single page, termed it ‘blasphemous’, demanded my arrest and succeeded in obtaining a court order restraining the circulation of the book. There are no fatwas in the Hindu religion, but a self-appointed custodian of ‘Hinduism’ sentenced me to death. The atmosphere in India became charged with communalism. Intellectual terrorism became rampant. Hence the necessity to publish the book abroad. I am grateful to Mr Tariq Ali and Verso for agreeing to bring out a world edition of the book, protect my right to academic freedom and defeat all attempts at censorship.
D.N.Jha 24 December 2001 Delhi
* it is worth remembering that it is these same fanatics who objected to the ban, in India, of Rusdhie’s Satanic Verses. The LIBERAL PARTY WOULD HAVE BANNED NEITHER
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