[INDOLOGY] Fwd: Hitler and MLBD

Toke Knudsen toke_knudsen at mac.com
Fri May 16 09:28:06 EDT 2014


Looking up the ISBN number of the book, it appears that it was published by New Age Books on 1/1/2014; see <http://www.lookupbyisbn.com/Search/Book/978-81-7822-464-0/1>.

All best,
Toke



On May 16, 2014, at 9:17 AM, Matthew Kapstein <mkapstei at uchicago.edu> wrote:

> Pirated or not, Mein Kampf has been a regular fixture of street-corner and railway station booksellers in India for decades. I recall it all over the place even during my first visit to India in 1970. What is surprising is
> to see a "respectable" publisher dealing with it. This is why I wanted to know whether MLBD has
> actually published it, or whether it appears only in their distribution list. In the latter case, higher
> management might not be at all responsible, though this would certainly be a great oversight
> on their part. 
> 
> In any case, it seems to me to be necessary to determine just what MLBD is doing with this, and
> then to make known to them that the Indological community (many of us at least) consider this
> to be unacceptable and that we will recommend that our libraries stop dealing with them if
> they are indeed committed to publishiing or distributing this particular item. I imagine that
> such a move would get their attention in a hurry.
> 
> And, if they have indeed published it, I think we should insist very publically (e.g. in an op ed in
> The Times of India or The Hindu) that they have the thing "pulped." 
> 
> There's not much we can do about the fly-by-night publishers, but MLBD should know better.
> 
> best to all,
> Matthew
> 
> Matthew Kapstein
> Directeur d'études, 
> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
> 
> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
> The University of Chicago
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