Censorship And Religion Control At Indian Universitieshttp://www.starcitynews.com/censorship- ... ities/1659
The right of free speech has now come under attack in the world’s largest democracy India.
In a latest incident the extremist Hindus have forced a ban on an award winning book, and consequently it has been taken off the university syllabus.
The novel “Such a Long Journey” by Rohinton Mistry has been accused of expressing derogatory references to the Hindu extremist organization Shiv Sena.
The activists of the organization demonstrated against the book. The leader of the youth wing Aditya Thackery who is also the founder of the party Bal Thackery burned copies of the book. Meanwhile the novel has been shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize.
Surrendering to the pressure, the University of Mumbai has withdrew the novel from the syllabus of its undergraduate arts degree course.
This is not the first time these pressure tactics have been used by the Hindu group. This is the same group that forced a change of the name Bombay to Mumbai in 1995.
In the 1990’s the leader of the group was accused of inciting hatred against Muslims resulting in the death of 1,000 people.
The author of the novel Canada based Mistry has condemned the tactics of Shiv Sena and also the University for succumbing to the pressure of these extremists. He accused the University of institutionalizing self-censorship.
The people involved in the arts and bloggers have also criticized this ban.
Shiv Sena is a Hindu Fundamentalist organization that is known for its anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan rhetoric. It also claims to be struggling for the natives of the state of Maharashtra against the “outsiders” and often uses violence in its pursuit.
It also forced a ban on a book by an American-based academic for allegedly using derogatory comments against the Maratha king Shivaji.
In the month of February it delayed the exhibition of a film named “My name is Khan” featuring bollywood king Shahrukh Khan accusing the actor of “unpatriotic remarks.” What Next?
Exactly...what will these mentally ill morons push next. The only way to fight such idiocy is to label religion as a mental defect or disease. Talking about a mental illness or disease with derision is also frowned upon (in civilized society anyway). But, at least expressing an opinion (i.e., religion is a mental disease or defect) doesn't become a question of freedom of speech.
Faith must have adequate evidence else it is mere superstition... Alexander Hodge (1823-1886)
superstition: a belief or practice irrationally maintained by ignorance or faith in magic or chance