Hindus in US urge Penguin to withdraw book on them

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 17, 2010 09:47 hrs

Washington: Hindus living in the United States have urged the Penguin Group to "immediately" withdraw noted scholar Wendy Doniger's book on the community, alleging that it has numerous errors in its historical facts and Sanskrit translations.

However, there has been no immediate comment on the issue by the publisher Penguin USA.

An online petition, which is currently being signed in the US, has alleged that "errors and misrepresentations" in the book 'The Hindus - An Alternative History' are "bound and perhaps intended to mislead students of Indian and Hindu history."

"Throughout the book, Doniger analyses revered Hindu Gods and Goddess using her widely discredited psycho-sexual Freudian theories that modern, humanistic psychology has deemed limiting. These interpretations are presented as hard facts and not as speculations," it says about the book which was published in 2009.


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