DISCUSSION TOPIC:  WENDY DONIGER AND THE HINDUS -- AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY


Some Questions

To what degree does the controversy over Wendy Doniger and her book the Hindus: An Alternative History offer a window onto Hinduism and debates about its fundamental characteristics?


Possible Starting Places

  Raksha Kumar, "Hindu Right Rewriting Indian Textbooks," Al Jazeera, November 4, 2014.

Jonathan Shainin, "Why Free Speech Loses In India," New Yorker (February 13, 2014).

  Soutik Biswas, "Why Did Penguin Recall A Book On Hindus?," BBC News, February 12, 2014.

"Wendy Doniger On Impact With Lucy Hockings," BBC World News, February 12, 2014.


Wendy Doniger In The News

"Great Indian Tradition Of Debate Alive And Well: Wendy Doniger," Times Of India, November 25, 2015.

  Srivathsan Nadadhur, "Wendy Doniger's Rise After The Ban," Hindu, October 31, 2015.

  "Academics Appeal To Penguin India Over Hinduism Book," BBC News, February 23, 2014.

"Muzzling Speech In India," New York Times, February 20, 2014.

  "India Book Recall And The Law Of Hurt Sentiments," Al Jazeera, February 18, 2014.

John Williams, "Author Resigned To Ill Fate Of Book In India," New York Times, February 16, 2014.

"Wendy Doniger Hindus Book: Penguin India Defends Recall," BBC News, February 14, 2014.

  Aarti Betigeri, "Book 'Banning' Shows Rising Hindu Nationalism In India's Election Year," Christian Science Monitor, February 13, 2014.

Jason Burke, "Outcry As Penguin India Pulps 'Alternative' History Of Hindus," Guardian, February 13, 2014.

"Free Speech Champions Decry India Book Recall," Al Jazeera, February 12, 2014.

Vijay Prashad, "Wendy Doniger's Book Is A Tribute To Hinduism's Complexity, Not An Insult," Guardian, February 12, 2014.

Edward Rothstein, "The Scholar Who Irked The Hindu Puritans," New York Times, January 31, 2005.


Book Reviews

Priyamvada Gopal, "'The Hindus: An Alternative History' By Wendy Doniger -- Review," Guardian, October 23, 2010.

Piali Roy, "A Skeptical Eye On Hinduism," Globe And Mail, June 8, 2009.

  Pankaj Mishra, "Another Incarnation," New York Times, April 24, 2009.

Michael Dirda, "Book Review: 'The Hindus -- An Alternative History' By Wendy Doniger," Washington Post, March 19, 2009.


Wendy Doniger Herself

  Wendy Doniger, "India: Censorship By The Batra Brigade," New York Review Of Book (May 8, 2014).

Wendy Doniger, "Banned In Bangalore," New York Times, March 5, 2014.


Audio And Video Sources

"The Hindus: An Alternative History," To The Best Of Our Knowledge, PRI, February 7, 2016.

"Author Of Book Yanked In India Says Move Has Backfired," All Things Considered, NPR, February 14, 2014.

"A Hindu History Book Becomes Hot After Being Recalled In India," World, PRI, February 12, 2014.


 

 

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