Books are your best friends as they never leave your side! Today, we would like to share a list of eight banned books in India that you should read. As a country, criticism is not welcome. It’s so not like that it has been banned in the books as well!
Below is the list of eight banned books in India that you should(not) read:
1. Godman to Tycoon The Untold Story of Baba Ramdev by Priyanka Pathak
The first place in our list of banned books is taken by “Godman to Tycoon The Untold Story of Baba Ramdev by Priyanka Pathak”. The book talks about the rise of Godman Baba Ramdev and was banned due to the reason that it was too derogatory in nature while speaking about the protagonist.
2. Great Soul Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India by Joseph Lelyveld
Great Soul Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India by Joseph Lelyveld was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joseph Lelyveld in 2011. In this book, he mentions Mahatma Gandhi and his affair with a German-Jewish architect, Hermann Kallenbach. It is believed by many that Lelyveld was implying a homosexual relationship there. This is the second book on our list of banned books in India.
3. The Face of Mother India by Katherine Mayo
The book, written in 1926 by an American researcher Katherine Mayo based on her travel across the country talks about many harmful traditions of Hinduism, and also advocated for British colonialism in India. So it got banned in India!
4. The Heart of India by Alexander Campbell
The fourth place in our list of banned books comes “The Heart of India by Alexander Campbell”. The book, published in 1958 talks about Indian policies and politics. The book cannot be imported to India as well. The book got banned for being repulsive!
5. The Land of the Lingam by Arthur Miles
The book, published in 1937, written by Arthur Miles was about Hinduism. He mentions Hinduism as a series of superstitions and how the worshiping of Lingam (phallus) is an integral part of Hinduism. It suggests that sex is the keynote of an Indian’s life! The book got banned as it offended the people of India and due to its obscene content.
6. The Polyester Prince The Rise of Dhirubhai Ambani by Hamish McDonald
As the name suggests, the book talks about the rise of the biggest business tycoons in India, Dhirubhai Ambani. The book is an unofficial biography and did not even make it to the printer. It got banned in 1988 due to the reason of tarnishing the image of the Ambani family.
7. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
On the seventh spot of our list of banned books, we have “The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie”. The book by Rushdie made the word “fatwa” popular in the literary community. The book is banned in India and some other countries. In India, the book was banned by the Finance Ministry just 9 days after its release.
8. Understanding Islam through Hadis by Ram Swarup
The book got a backlash from the Muslim community. The book by Ram Swarup talks about political Islam. It only inflated the masses and subsequently got banned with the publisher getting arrested!
With this, we conclude our list of eight banned books in India. Which of the above books would you like to read?
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- An Exciting Collection of Stories of Famous People
- unMind by Siddharth Tripathi
- Book Review: Go Start-up by Karan Kashyap
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