Haryana to seize anti-Gandhi book
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Haryana to seize anti-Gandhi book

The book Mahatma Gandhi: A Curse for Bharat portrays Mahatma as anti-Hindu and promotes communal hatred.

india Updated: Sep 08, 2006 20:54 IST

The Haryana government has ordered seizure of every copy of a book on Mahatma Gandhi with immediate effect as it has some alleged derogatory references to the father of the nation.

The decision to "forfeit" the book Mahatma Gandhi: A Curse for Bharat, written by Anand Parkash Madan and published in English and Hindi by Vikalp Prakashanwas taken after carefully going through it and finding "objectionable and derogatory" remarks about Gandhi, an official spokesman said on Friday.

It was also found that the book "tends to promote feelings of enmity, hatred and ill-will between different communities", he said.

He said the action was taken under Section 95 (1) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (power to declare publications forfeited and to search warrants for it) and a case would soon be registered against the author.

In the book, the word 'Mahatma' is defaced with a red line cutting right through it to show Madan does not agree with the appellation given to Gandhi by Rabindernath Tagore.

Gandhi had been portrayed as "anti-Hindu" in the book and the government took the decision following some complaints, the spokesman said.

First Published: Sep 08, 2006 20:54 IST