Books Banned in India

This post is related to the topic where we have listed some top books banned in India. The reasons of books banned in India are varied but the major reasons are political, historical, religious, country’s internal security and commercial in some part.

Some of the banned books are now available either due to over-lift of banned status by the court.

1 : Angaray

Authors of the Book Angaray

Sajjad Zaheer, Ahmed Ali, Rashid Jahan, and Mahmud-uz-Zafar

Year of Publish

1932

Type/category of the book Angarary

Progressive short stories.

Reason of Ban

Banned in India in 1936 by the British government.

2 : An Area of Darkness

Author of the Book An Area of Darkness

V. S. Naipaul

Year of Publish

1964

Type/category of the book Angarary

Travelogue

Reason of Ban

Banned in India for its negative portrayal of India and its people.

3 : Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India

Author of the Book Angaray

Joseph Lelyveld

Year of Publish

2011

Type/category of the book Great Soul

Biography

Reason of Ban

Currently banned in Gujarat, for suggesting that Mahatma Gandhi had a homosexual relationship. Gujarat’s state assembly voted unanimously in favor of the ban in April 2011.

4: The Heart of India

Author of the Book The Heart of India

Alexander Campbell

Year of Publish

1958

Type/category of the book The Heart of India

Fiction

Reason of Ban

Banned by the Indian government in 1959 on grounds of being “repulsive”.

 

5: Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule

Author of the Book Angaray

Mohandas K. Gandhi

Year of Publish

1909

Type/category of the book Angarary

Non-Fiction.

Reason of Ban

The Gujarati translation of Hind Swaraj was banned by the British authorities on its publication in India.

 

6: Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence

Author of the Book Jinnah

Jaswant Singh

Year of Publish

2009

Type/category of the book

Biography

Reason of Ban

Temporarily banned in Gujarat, India in August 2009. The ban was overturned by the Gujarat High Court in December 2009..

7: Lajja

Author of the Book Lajja

Taslima Nasrin

Year of Publish

1993

Type/category of the book Lajja

Novel

Reason of Ban

This book was banned in Bangladesh and some states of India. But under the pressure of muslim activist the book was published in west Bengal. “.

 

8: Nine Hours To Rama

Author of the Book Nine Hours to Rama

Stanley Wolpert

Year of Publish

1962

Type/category of the book Nine Hours to Rama

Novel

Reason of Ban

Banned in India. It exposes persons responsible for security lapses that led to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination.

 

9: Rangila Rasul

Author of the Book Rangila Rasul

Pt. Chamupati

Year of Publish

1927

Type/category of the book Ranglia Rasoul

Religious

Reason of Ban

Currently banned in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

10:  Shivaji – Hindu King in Islamic India

Author of the Book Angaray

James Laine

Year of Publish

2003

Type/category of the book Angarary

History

Reason of Ban

Banned in Indian state of Maharashtra in 2004 for “promoting social. enmity”; ban overturned by Bombay High Court in 2007

11: Smash and Grab: Annexation of Sikkim

Author of the Book Smash and Grab

Sunanda K. Datta-Ray

Year of Publish

1984

Type/category of the book Angarary

History

Reason of Ban

Banned in India. Describes the process of the annexation of the Buddhist kingdom of Sikkim by the Indian government of Indira Gandhi in 1975.

12: Soft Target: How the Indian Intelligence Service Penetrated Canada

Author of the Book Soft Target

Zuhair Kashmeri & Brian McAndrew

Year of Publish

1989

Type/category of the book Soft Target

Investigative journalism

Reason of Ban

Banned in India..

13: Understanding Islam through Hadis

Author of the Book Understanding Islam Through Hadis

Ram Swarup

Year of Publish

1982

Type/category of the book Understanding Islam through Hadis

Critique of political Islam

Reason of Ban

Banned in India for its critique of political Islam. The Hindi translation was banned in 1991, the English original was banned in 1992.

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