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The Writer, the Reader and the State
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The Writer, the Reader and the State
Literary Censorship in India

  • Mini Chandran - Professor of English literature, Humanities and Social Sciences department, IIT Kanpur.

© 2017 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

This book offers a comprehensive account of the censorship of literature in India since Independence and the recent trends in literature banning

The author recalls the literary censorship of books in India, both in English and in regional languages, and the impact of Emergency on banned books.  The book highlights recent trends and current challenges to free literary expression in the country and attempts to locate it in the tradition of Indian literary history.

The term ‘censorship’, used in the book, is a rubric that includes various repressive measures, both governmental and non-governmental, in banning a book after publication, withdrawing a book using coercive tactics or suppression of a work on other grounds. It adds a literary perspective to the process of reception of these books by the reader.

 
Preface
 
Introduction: Besieged Words and Strategies of Control
 
The Writer and the State: The Indian Literary Tradition
 
Censorship Laws and Colonial Roots
 
Banned in India: Books Denied to Indian Readers
 
The Bhasha Fights: Censorship in Regional Languages
 
Of Shame and Silence: The Emergency 1975–77
 
The ‘Democratization’ of Censorship: Books and the Indian Public
 
Index

The book is well-balance as Chandran also picks holes in the discourses against each case of censorship she talks about.

The Telegraph, 15 September 2017

Chandran examines in six chapters India’s literary tradition from the ancient period to contemporary times, censorship laws and rules, books banned in India, the Emergency and, lastly, why censorship has become so democratic. [It] is a timely book, readable and insightful.

 

Civil Society, January 2018
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This book offers a comprehensive account of the censorship of literature in India since Independence and the recent trends in literature banning

The author recalls the literary censorship of books in India, both in English and in regional languages, and the impact of Emergency on banned books.  The book highlights recent trends and current challenges to free literary expression in the country and attempts to locate it in the tradition of Indian literary history.

The term ‘censorship’, used in the book, is a rubric that includes various repressive measures, both governmental and non-governmental, in banning a book after publication, withdrawing a book using coercive tactics or suppression of a work on other grounds. It adds a literary perspective to the process of reception of these books by the reader.


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