13 February 2014
In a letter to the publishing giant, the prolific writer and activist questions the decision to withdraw the controversial book on HinduismThe much criticised move by publishing house Penguin India to drop Wendy Doniger’s controversial book on Hinduism has brought to the centerstage issues of freedom of speech. And it is not just the media and the readers who have come out strongly against the decision, but also writers’ community who have come together in solidarity and condemnation of the action.
And even as Wendy Doniger put out a short statement expressing disappointment, Penguins own prolific writer and well known activist Arundhati Roy penned a letter to the publishing house articulating her frustration. She questions the Penguin’s motive and reasons for taking the step, reminding the publishing conglomerate of its long history. “You owe us, your writers an explanation at the very least,” she demands.