Wendy Doniger versus Indian Mythology

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    Wendy Doniger O’ flaherty is an American Indologist and a scholar of Sanskrit and Indian textual traditions. She graduated summa cum laude in Sanskrit and Indian Studies. Her phenomenal work includes :

  •                ASCETICISM AND EROTICISM IN MYTHOLOGY OF SIVA
  •                HINDU MYTHS: A SOURCE BOOK
  •                THE ORIGINS OF EVIL IN HINDU MYTHOLOGY
  •                 WOMEN, ANDROGYNES AND OTHER MYTHICAL BEASTS
  •                 THE HINDUS: AN ALTERNATING HISTORY 

                         

Doniger’s trade book,THE HINDUS: AN ALTERNATING HISTORY was published by Viking/Penguin. This book has received accolades from literary festivals from India and abroad.
She is maverick, brilliant, witty and has extra-ordinary writing skills. Readers have a special penchant for her work albeit her work seems to be blasphemous and derogatory.
Some points from her book which represents blasphemy:

she mentioned Ramayana as a work of fiction.

the author calls the Hindu God Surya as seducer and rapist.

The book seems to convey that Sita, wife of Lord Rama was in lustful relationship with his brother Lakshman.

The book quotes Lord Rama and his father Dashratha as perverse and driven by lust.

New work which is set to release are :
SIVA: the erotic ascetic
the God who committed adultery with his own Goddess.
the levirate , Hindu style.
She manipulates Upanishads and Vedas in a different manner which is criticised and applauded as well. She quotes about the representation of Shiva through a phallus known as Linga; { the linga in his physical sense is well known throughout India, a signifier that is understood across barriers of caste and language}.

Her book the Hindus:an alternating history was withdrawn and pulped by Penguin India at the behest of Shiksha Bachao Andolan. Referring to section 295A of Indian Penal Code which criminalises ” delibrate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class of citizens”.

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In response to this Penguin said that these rubrics make increasingly difficult for any Indian publisher to uphold international standards of free expression. Moreover, Doniger mentions Indian laws as intolerant and restrictive.
I wonder people and publications require freedom to belittle almighty..
Doniger too stated that “they were finally defeated by the true villain of this piece – the Indian law that makes it a criminal rather than a civil offensense publish a book that offends any Hindu, a law that jeopardises the physical safety of any publisher, no matter how ludicrous the accusation brought against a book”.

P.S. God forgive them..

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