In a petition filed on Tuesday, the Penguin Group has been asked to apologise for the publication of the factually incorrect and offensive book 'The Hindus-An Alternative History' by Wendy Doniger.
Penguin Books India, earlier in the day, reportedly agreed to withdraw all published copies of Wendy Doniger's book 'The Hindus: An Alternative History' from India and pulp their remaining copies, in a move that is seen as a curb on the freedom of expression and has angered many on social media websites.
The agreement signed by Penguin with the Shiksha Bachao Andolan Committee, represented by Dinanath Batra, was leaked online. The document was 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.
The copy of the agreement said Penguin India shall, 'with immediate effect recall and withdraw all copies of the book The Hindus: An Alternative History, written by Wendy Doniger from Bharat (Indian territory)'.Newsroom buzz: Wendy Doniger too angry and disappointed to react to the Penguin controversy
Penguin has agreed to withdraw Wendy Doniger's book "The Hindus" from India & destroy all copies. See agreement below pic.twitter.com/VrgYDVgnwG— Rajiv Malhotra (@RajivMessage) February 10, 2014
Penguin agreement wording also applies to electronic copies. Cant sell in any form in Indian territory.— Rajiv Malhotra (@RajivMessage) February 11, 2014
Plaintiff statement in the Wendi Doniger book lawsuit: pic.twitter.com/ZNJw3p7h5M— Barbarian Indian (@barbarindian) February 11, 2014