[Writers welcome SC judgment on Shivaji book Times of
- MUMBAI: India
Friday's Supreme Court judgment lifting the ban on James Laine's controversial book Shivaji - Hindu King in Islamic India has received mixed reactions… Writer Chetan Bhagat said he was against the very of idea books being banned. "To ban or not to ban a book becomes a very subjective choice. If a book has hurt sentiments or is offensive, people can condemn it, ignore it or ask for an apology, but banning a book shows high-handedness. We should not turn into a society that doesn’t allow voices of dissent," said Bhagat, adding, "If the book hurt sentiments, the author should apologise.
Shyam Pakhre, history lecturer at KC College, said that when foreigners write books based on Indian history, they are often unable to understand the moral code of conduct of our society. "Writing sensational things without supporting them with evidence is bound to hurt sentiments. I support freedom of speech and expression only when due respect is given to people’s sentiments," he said. SC lifts ban on Laine's Shivaji Indian Express Laine's book on Shivaji okay: SC Economic Times]
Let’s hope for a similar verdict apropos The Lives of Sri Aurobindo. [TNM]