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Penguin to destroy copies of 'The Hindus'

Posted on Feb 11 2014 | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 11 : Penguin Books India has agreed to withdraw all published copies of American scholar Wendy Doniger's book 'The Hindus: An Alternative History' from India and pulp their remaining copies, reports said on Tuesday.

The publishing house reportedly agreed to withdraw all copies and "pulp" all remaining copies of the book in a pact signed in a Delhi court with the 'Shiksha Bachao Andolan.'

The agreement of the document was leaked online and put up on Scribd and Twitter.

While Penguin has not yet responded to the controversy, Doniger told Firstpost in an email that the book is being taken out of publication in India.

As per the agreement, Penguin will no longer sell, publish or distribute the book and that all recalled, withdrawn and unpublished copies shall be pulped by Penguin at its own cost.

Penguin will have to ensure that the book is completely withdrawn from Indian territory at the earliest and within a period not exceeding six months starting from the date on which the agreement is signed by the parties.

The Shiksha Bachao Andolan moved court in 2011, arguing that the book insults Indians, especially Hindus and is full of factual errors.

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