Arundhati Roy wrote, “You must tell us what terrified you,” hinting that she wouldn’t want to be published by Penguin in the future.
The controversy has been good for business — the Hindus has climbed to 34 on Amazon’s bestseller list. Dinanath Batra’s advocate Monika Arora stated that the book’s withdrawal “is an outcome of a valid, legal battle fought by people of eminence in this vibrant democracy.”
Meanwhile, advocate Lawrence Liang of the Alternative Law Forum has issued a legal notice to Penguin India, claiming that the publisher has violated freedom of speech laws and readers’ rights.
The notice states that since Penguin has “effectively acknowledged that it is not longer interested in exercising” its ownership of The Hindus, it should surrender its copyright to the Indian public. It now looks like Penguin India will be fighting many battles with both, liberals and the right wing.