NY Hindus denounce book

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 17, 2010 12:04 hrs

New York:  A consortium of Hindu organisations and temples in New York and New Jersey organised a protest demonstration here recently against the decision of the National Book Critics Circle to consider honouring Dr. Wendy Doniger for her book Hindus: An Alternative History.
The protesters argued that Doniger’s book contained numerous factual errors and showed an "undercurrent of deep contempt for Hindus".

For decades Doniger had been masquerading as a scholar on Hinduism and in the Sanskrit  language, said  Narain Kataria, president of the Indian American Intellectuals Forum.

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“We condemn this book for its gross factual errors and gratuitously hurtful and contemptuous depictions like comparing revered Hindu goddesses to Playboy models, mocking Hindus as unfaithful serial monogamists, ” said Kataria, noting that the book caricatured Hinduism in a grossly offensive and degrading manner.
He said Doniger wanted this book to be used as a “basic textbook” on Hinduism and India. “Not only would this book subject students to a warped, false and bigoted version of Hinduism, it will also expose Indian-American youth to ridicule and bigotry,” he said.
It may be recalled what Doniger had said in a recent interview to Outlook magazine: “There’s no point in writing a book if you don’t say what you believe. Otherwise you have to stop writing, and I didn’t want to do that.”

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