Banned books and other forms of censorship

On the banning of books, censorship and other freedom of access issues

Monday, October 02, 2006

India party wants Musharraf's book banned

The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party of India is demanding that Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf’s book In the Line of Fire be banned because it contains maps showing certain areas of Jammu and Kashmir as part of Pakistan. "If it is established that the inaccuracies are in the book on purpose then the book should be banned and copies lying with distributors should be confiscated,” said BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

An article by Manini Chatterjee in the Jan. 25, 2004 issue of the Indian Express lists some books banned in India at that time; and notes that most of the banned works are critical of India, Indian foreign policy or Kashmir. (Citation via Wikipedia article.)

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