[INDOLOGY] Petition now on line

Prof Laurie Patton, Ph.D. laurie.patton at duke.edu
Thu Feb 13 13:18:13 EST 2014


Indology friends,

A petition is now on line.

https://www.change.org/en-IN/petitions/members-of-both-houses-of-the-indian-parliament-and-the-honorable-law-minister-government-of-india-reconsider-and-revise-sections-153-a-and-295-a-of-the-indian-penal-code-to-protect-freedom-of-expression-in-india#<https://www.change.org/en-IN/petitions/members-of-both-houses-of-the-indian-parliament-and-the-honorable-law-minister-government-of-india-reconsider-and-revise-sections-153-a-and-295-a-of-the-indian-penal-code-to-protect-freedom-of-expression-in-india>


With thanks to the many who wrote to me offline;
For anyone who wishes to sign, the way to add your name is to log on to this link and sign the petition.

Laurie P.

Laurie L Patton
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From: INDOLOGY [mailto:indology-bounces at list.indology.info] On Behalf Of Allen Thrasher
Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2014 12:42 AM
To: Dominik Wujastyk; Matthew Kapstein
Cc: Indology
Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] Public statement from Wendy Doniger


As I recall, the British Indian law on this subject is discussed in the introduction to:

Publications proscribed by the government of India : a catalogue of the collections in the India Office Library and Records and the Department of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books, British Library Reference Division / edited by Graham Shaw and Mary Lloyd. London: British Library, 1985.

The British authorities were, I believe, worried primarily about riots.  A number of the books and pamphlets banned were religious polemics rather than attacks on British rule.


Allen



On Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:05 PM, Dominik Wujastyk <wujastyk at gmail.com<mailto:wujastyk at gmail.com>> wrote:
Wonderful!

On 12 February 2014 17:18, Matthew Kapstein <mkapstei at uchicago.edu<mailto:mkapstei at uchicago.edu>> wrote:
Of course, Hitler's Mein Kampf is readily available in almost any Indian bookstall.
I imagine that the small Bene Israel community never mobilized itself
to invoke Section 295-A.....

Matthew Kapstein
Directeur d'études,
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
The University of Chicago



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