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25 Most controversial & famous Banned books in India List

14 . Five Past Midnight in Bhopal – by Dominique Lapierre and Javier Moro

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Why banned: Book was banned because of a defamation suit filed by then Commissioner of Police of Bhopal. Later ban was lifted by Madhya Pradesh High Court.

This book provide the insight on how poor supervision and penny-pinching tactics by American Company Union Carbide eventually led to the world’s worst industrial disaster: on December 3, 1984, the plant sprung a leak during routine maintenance procedures. It is estimated that between 16,000 and 30,000 people killed and left 500,000 permanently injured.

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15 . The Great Soul – By Joseph Lelyveld

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Why banned : Book was banned by Gujrat Govt. in 2011, as book suggests that Mahatma Gandhi was homo-sexual, though  this book is the result of the great research/study by Joseph Lelyveld.

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16 . ‘Himalayan Blunder: The Angry Truth About India’s Most Crushing Military Disaster’ – By  Brigadier John Parashuram Dalvi

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Why banned : The book was banned by the Indian Government immediately after its release, because the term “Himalayan blunder” came to be used as a synonym for colossal failure in the context of Indian politics.

In this brilliant read – Dalvi narrates the manner in which Indias own political leadership traitorously worked against its cause. In no uncertain terms, he holds three men responsible for Indias defeat – Jawaharlal Nehru, Krishna Menon, and General Brij Mohan Kaul.

Brigadier Dalvi has given the first-person account of the war, who served the Indian Army. As per Dalvi the sheer ineptitude of political leaders resulted into sacrifice of hundreds of valuable lives. In this book Brig. Dalvi narrated how Indians were massacred in 1962 Indo-china war.

It’s a must read. 

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Flipkart – Not available as of 19/09/2019

17 . ‘What Congress and Gandhi have done to Untouchables’ – By Bhimrao Ambedkar

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Why banned : ‘What Congress and Gandhi have done to Untouchables’ – published in 1945, was banned by the Congress Govt soon after independence from British rule and subsequent generations of Indians have been denied of the facts and events which took place between 1920 and 1940

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18 . Korkai : By Joe D’Cruz (in Tamil language)

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Why banned : Korkai, published in 2009 was challenged for ban in 2015. As per the complained filed in court, this book portrays Christianity, priest and nuns in bad light.

Joe D’Cruz supported Narendra Modi for his Prime Ministerial candidature in 2014 Loksabha election, and due to this he is alienated among Tamil intelligentsia. His political position has isolated him. It is to be noted that Joe D’Cruz had received the Sahitya Academy Award for Korkai.

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19 . An Area of Darkness by V.S. Naipaul

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Why banned : The book was immediately banned after its launch in India for its “negative portrayal of India and its people.

It is to be noted that V. S. Naipaul is supporter of Indian culture & a critic of Islamic invasion of India and due to this reason Indian journalists/reviewers always oppose Naipaul.

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20 . “The Descent of Air India “ by Jitender Bhargava

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Why banned: Former UPA-II Aviation minister Praful Patel filed a defamation suit in a Mumbai court against this book, which is an account of how India’s national carrier was brought to its knees. The publisher agreed to withdraw all copies of the book and even issued a public apology.

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21 . Reminiscences of the Nehru Age : By M.O. Mathai 

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Why banned: One of the most explosive and authentic book on Nehru/Gandhi Family and on post independence Indian history. M.O. Mathai knew much about Nehru, Indira and many other politicians, which he stated in the book and due to this reason book was immediately banned.

As grapevine says many things about Indira’s secret love life, something related to that was written in this book. It is said that the article was originally supposed to be a part of Mathai’s book, ‘Reminiscences of the Nehru Age’ but for obvious reasons, at the last moment, it was left out of the book and never published.

Very sensitive & extremely interesting topic ‘She’ of this book, which narrates the secret love/sex relationship between Mathai & Indira. The transcript of  “she” chapter is available on internet, just google it. 

This book is available as a free download here.

Here is the PDF download of the book. 1 & 2 .

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.22 . Islam – A Concept of Political World Invasion by Muslims – By R.V. Bhasin

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Why banned :

This book was banned in Maharashtra during the tenure of then Chief Minister, Maharashtra – Vilasrao Deshmukh on grounds that it promotes communal disharmony between Hindus and Muslims.

Presently book is not available on any online platform but by searching the title of the book, one can easily find the same on internet as a pdf or html.

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23 . ‘Nine Hours to Rama’ – By Stanley Wolpert 

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Why banned :

Because it exposed the poor  security provided to Gandhi, and hinted at possible incompetence and  conspiracy. 

This book is a fictional account of last day  of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and highlights how Nathuram Godse planned Mahatma  Gandhi’s assassination.

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24 . ‘Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence’ – By Jaswant Singh

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Why banned : 

Book was banned in Gujrat as it allegedly defame the image of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.

Jaswant Singh had praised Jinnah and charged the Jawaharlal Nehru & Vallabhbhai Patel with being responsible for the partition of India.

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25 . Nathuram Godse statement / Speech to Court 

In 1968, ban on Nathuram Godse’s statement was revoked by Mumbai High Court. There are books which provide the transcript of Nathuram Godse’s statement.

Please let us know, if we have missed out any other important book in our list of most controversial & famous banned books in India, we also appreciate your inputs on given list of books.

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