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Once banned in India, Have you ever read these 25 startling/stunning books !

List of controversial and famous Books which were banned by government

We have the history of banned books since British India. Books with the inflammatory viewpoint about a particular society/religion/race usually become the victim of such cases of the ban. Books which poses threat to the contemporary government could easily invite them to ban it. These type of books may be a result of honest research in order to uncover the truth or such books may ride on baseless lies and written to malign them. We have thoroughly researched in order to find the major banned books in India.

You may also read 10 Must-Read Inspiring Indian Biographies & Autobiographies.

We are enlisting the major banned books and all mentioned books are noteworthy.

Link of source is being provided for every book mentioned below. As many books are not available at Amazon India & Flipkart as still banned in India and due to this Amazon.com link is also being provided for ready reference . Enjoy reading & exploring !

 1 . The Hindus: An Alternative History – by Wendy Doniger

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Why banned :  The content is offensive to Hindus. Book argues that there is no monolithic “Hinduism” – no “Sanatana Dharma” at all. It is claimed that, book is misleading and at times giving false information and it contains several unjustified judgements from someone with a distant perspective and incomplete understanding of Hindu culture.

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2 & 3 : ‘Some Blunders in Indian Historical Research’  and  The Taj Mahal Is A Temple Palace – Both books by P. N. Oak

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Why banned : Oak’s book “Some Blunders in Indian Historical Research” was banned from the Parliament’s library by the Speaker of the Lok Sabha (lower House) as noted in news archives. There are also other claims of government suppression, e.g. “Allegedly, Indira Gandhi’s government tried to ban (The Taj Mahal is a Temple Place) and some would say the Indian government has been politically motivated in suppressing this theory” (Source – Wikipedia).

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Amazon.in (Hindi – भारतीय इतिहास की भयंकर भूलें )

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4 & 5 . ‘The Satanic Verses’ and ‘Midnight’s Children’ – Both by Salman Rushdie 

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Why banned : ‘The Satanic Verses’ was banned because Muslims protested that it was blasphemous and hurt their religious sentiments.The Satanic Verses is controversial as it tried to mix magical realism with a description of the origins and various facets of Islam.

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Why banned : For this 1981 novel, Salman Rushdie received 1981’s Bookers Prize and ‘Booker of Bookers’ in 1993 – on 25th anniversary of the book and Best all-time winners in 2008 on 40th anniversary. This book received many other major accolades of English literature. 

This book was banned in India by then Congress govt. as it contain scathing criticisms of Indira Gandhi’s over-reach during the Emergency as well as a personal lust for power, though Rushdie didn’t name India in his book. 

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6 . ‘The Price of Power: Kissinger and Nixon in the White House’ – By Seymour Hersh

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Why banned : Banned for alleging the former Pime Minister of India – Morarji Desai to be a CIA informer by Pulitzer Prize-winner Seymour Hersh in his book. Book was temporarily banned in India.

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7 . Unarmed Victory‘ – By Bertrand Russell

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 Why banned :  It was banned from being imported to India by Jawahar Lal Nehru, then PM because this book reveals the communication between Russel and Indian and Chinese state of heads & senior officials. The book provide the insight about the discussion he had with Nehru and also makes a decisive judgement of the acts of conflict and the war between China and India. Book also states that India provided steady impediment in the way of compromise which seriously inflated the crisis and the risk to mankind.  Bertrand Russel was awarded with the Nobel Prize of Literature in 1950 in recognition of his extensive contributions to world literature.

Book covers the Sino-Indian conflict in the second part.

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8 . ‘Eminent Historian’ – by Arun Shourie

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Why banned : Unofficially banned on platforms like Flipkart/Amazon during UPA-II tenure, this book is an masterpiece on how Indian history was distorted through bodies like ICHR. Now it is available on all platforms.

In my opinion, it’s a must read book.

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9 .  Understanding Islam through Hadis – by Ram Swarup

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Why banned : As book was banned for published in 1982, was banned for its critique of Islam. Book was banned by Delhi Government in 1984 and its publisher was arrested by police.

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10 & 11 . ‘Lajja’ and ‘Dwikhandita’ – by Taslima Nasrin

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Why banned : ‘Lajja’ contained the struggle of a patriotic Bangladeshi Hindu family in a Muslim environment, and was banned by Bangladesh and West Bengal citing reasons that it is offensive to Muslims and insults Islam. As per Taslima Nasreen -“‘Lajja’ can be seen as a symbol of protest. It is a protest against the violence, hatred and killings that are going on all over the world in the name of religion,”.

‘Lajja’ highlight that how Bangladesh failed miserably in protecting minority Hindus after the Babri Masjid demolition in India in 1992.

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Why banned : West Bengal Government has banned Dwikhandita, the autobiographical book by Taslima Nasreen, for saying it contained matter which could incite “enmity between different groups on grounds of religion”.

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12. Rangila Rasul – by Unknown Author

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Why banned : Published during a period of confrontation between Arya Samaj and Muslims in Punjab during the 1920s. The controversial book concerned the marriages and sex life of Prophet Mohammed. Originally written in Urdu, it has been translated into Hindi. It remains banned in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. (Information source – Goodreads.com ) 
 

You may access or download the book from here , which is available on internet, but not available on any e-commerce platform.

13 . Polyester Prince – by Hamish McDonald

Why banned : It got banned as Ambani family was not shown in favourable manner and also probably because Hamish McDonald has taken names of P. Chidambaram and other politicians by their name and shown how Dhirubhai tactfully tackled the bureaucrats, bribed the government officials.

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