The now-withdrawn e book, Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story, has been co-authored by Monika Arora, Sonali Chitalkar and Prerna Malhotra. Arora had earlier taken to Twitter to announce a digital e book launch on Saturday, the place the visitor of honour was BJP’s Kapil Mishra, who had allegedly made controversial remarks earlier than North East Delhi communal riots earlier this 12 months.
“Bloomsbury India had deliberate to launch Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story in September, a e book purportedly giving a factual report on the riots in Delhi in February 2020, based mostly on investigations and interviews carried out by the authors,” it stated in a press release.
In view of very latest occasions, together with a digital pre-publication launch organised with out our data by the authors, with participation by events of whom the publishers wouldn’t have accepted, we’ve got determined to withdraw publication of the e book. Bloomsbury India strongly helps freedom of speech but additionally has a deep sense of duty in the direction of society,” the publishing home stated.
Reacting to the withdrawing of the e book, movie director Anurag Kashyap tweeted, “Democracy offers area to opinion and opposite opinion… and the way in which to struggle it’s dissent and schooling and it at all times is and will likely be a battle for the reality… however banning and withdrawing will not be an answer in a wholesome democracy…” Kashyap’s movie, Paanch, was banned.
Some authors stated they’d cancel their contracts with the publishing home. “I’ve not learn the e book in query & do not know whether it is good or unhealthy. Nevertheless, that is clearly not a top quality management drawback however about censorship. I decide to by no means publish a e book with @BloomsburyIndia,” tweeted Sanjeev Sanyal, writer and principal financial adviser within the finance ministry.
Earlier, Leftword Guide writer Sudhanva Deshpande had written a weblog, stating that the “e book has blood on its hand”. “Am I calling for the e book to be banned? No. I’m asking Bloomsbury, as a number one writer, to ask itself what editorial protocols allow such a e book to be revealed in such a short while? Are you as writer not chargeable for no less than elementary reality checking?” he wrote.