Why these 7 books are banned in India?

India is notoriously known for the ‘BANS’ of all kinds. We have government bodies such as Censor Boards, then we have Extremists Boards, then Religious Bhakths Boards we also have ‘We got nothing else to do’ Boards (Eg. recently a genius noticed that 2 film stars on a TV show were inside temple with their Chappals on and that hurt the ‘Sentiments’)

Here are some controversial Books that were ‘Banned’ in India.

1. The Great Soul

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Joseph Lelyveld, the Pulitzer Prize winner and former executive editor  of The New York Times penned a biography, “The Great Soul”, inspired by  Gandhi’s life in India and South Africa. The reviews claimed that the  book exposed Gandhi’s sexual life and bigoted views. Reacting to it, the  book was called for a ban in Gujarat, Gandhi’s hometown. But imposition  of nationwide ban was abjured, citing Lelyveld’s clarification. Still,  the book is not let inside India by Customs Department.

2. Nine Hours to Rama

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Nine Hours to Rama is written by historian Wolpert, a professor at  University of California. This book is a fictional account of last day  of Gandhiji’s life and focuses on how Nathuram Godse planned Mahatma  Gandhi’s assassination. It was banned because it exposed the poor  security provided to Gandhi, and hinted at possible incompetence and  conspiracy.

3. Jinnah: India Partition Independence

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Official accounts of Indian history portray Pakistan’s founding father  Mohammed Ali Jinnah as the villain whose obstinacy led to India’s  Partition at the time of independence in 1947. In 2009, Jaswant Singh,  former foreign minister in the government of the Hindu nationalist  Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (now the leading  opposition party) wrote a massive account of Jinnah’s politics with remarkable objectivity. While what he said wasn’t necessarily new,  it gained notoriety because it was critical of Congress leaders  Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel, and showed Jinnah as more reasonable  than the way he is often portrayed in India. That went against the  conventional wisdom in India, and the BJP, which otherwise opposes the  Congress party, expelled Singh from the party. BJP-ruled Gujarat banned  the book. A court order later revoked the ban, and Singh has now  rejoined the party.

4. The Satanic Verses

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India was the first country to  ban the book following the hostile response from the Muslims all over  the globe. Fatwa was imposed on the author Salman Rushdie by Iran’s  Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini for demeaning Islam. Rushdie had to  live in hiding for nearly a decade.

5. Lajja

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Taslima Nasrin’s book, Lajja, provides a glimpse of anti-Hindu riots  which erupted in parts of Bangladesh, soon after the demolition of Babri  Masjid in India on 6 December 1992. The book subtly indicates that  communal feelings were on the rise, the Hindu minority of Bangladesh was  not fairly treated, and secularism was under shadow.

6. The Ramayana as told by Aubrey Menen

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Menen was an Irish-Indian satirist who reinterpreted the Hindu epic Ramayana. An irreverent iconoclast, Menen deconstructed the epic  in a playful way that angered many Hindu leaders—the book had yet to  reach many readers. In 1956, the Indian government banned it on the grounds that it could offend religious sensitivities.

7. Lady Chatterley’s Lover


“Lady Chatterley’s Lover” by D.H. Lawrence was considered obscene  because it was an account of a women’s illegitimate relationship with  her gardener. It’s depiction of sex and politics gave rise to  controversies and was unanimously banned in India and Britain (though  Britain lifted up the ban later). But the ban is not followed as it  should be and you can find books in some stores. The Court said that it  does not protect those who take delight in “sexual pleasures and erotic  writings”.

You have anything to say? don’t worry nothing is ‘Banned’ on Yaar Pata Hai! Just leave a comment below.

reference: Quora

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