[INDOLOGY] Fwd: Hitler and MLBD

jacob at fabularasa.dk jacob at fabularasa.dk
Fri May 16 13:40:27 UTC 2014

New Age Books is an associate of Motilal Banarsidass 
(mlbd.com/contactus.aspx). The website of the former 
(newagebooksindia.com) leads directly to the website of the latter 


Toke Knudsen skrev den 2014-05-16 15:30:
> 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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