Top 10 Banned Books in India

List of books banned in India


India has witnessed its fair share of controversies and debates surrounding banned books, where literary works have been the subject of intense scrutiny and censorship. These banned books have faced restrictions and prohibitions due to their content, themes, or portrayal of sensitive subjects. This introduction delves into the realm of banned books in India, highlighting ten notable examples that have encountered bans or controversies.

Top 10 Banned Books in India

By examining these banned books, we can gain insights into the complex dynamics between literature, societal norms, and the ever-present struggle to balance creativity and censorship. Join us on a journey through the realm of banned books in India as we explore the narratives, controversies, and impact of these thought-provoking works.

Banned Books in India

1. “The Satanic Verses” by Salman Rushdie

"The Satanic Verses" by Salman Rushdie

This book, which was published in 1988, caused an international uproar. Through a complex tale, it examines issues related to religion, migration, and cultural identity. Due to its depiction of religious leaders and other elements that some found offensive and blasphemous, the book was subject to a ban in India.

2. “Lajja” by Taslima Nasrin

 "Lajja" by Taslima Nasrin

Originally written in Bengali, “Lajja” (which translates to “Shame”) depicts the plight of a Hindu family in Bangladesh during riots. Due to its representation of Hindu persecution and accusations of religious fundamentalism, the book was outlawed in various Indian states.

3. “Such a Long Journey” by Rohinton Mistry

Such a Long Journey" by Rohinton Mistry

This book examines political and social issues taking place in Mumbai during the stormy 1970s. Because of how various political leaders and the Shiv Sena party were portrayed, there was controversy and bans in some areas.

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4. “A Case of Exploding Mangoes” by Mohammed Hanif

 "A Case of Exploding Mangoes" by Mohammed Hanif

The fictional plot of this satirical book revolves around the enigmatic passing of former Pakistani President Zia-ul-Haq. Due to its alleged contempt for political figures and its political themes, the book was temporarily banned in Gujarat.

5. “The Polyester Prince

"The Polyester Prince

The Rise of Dhirubhai Ambani” by Hamish McDonald: This unauthorized biography delves into the life of Indian industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani, founder of Reliance Industries. It faced legal challenges and temporary bans due to objections from the Ambani family, who raised concerns about the accuracy of the book’s contents.

6. “Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence” by Jaswant Singh

"Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence" by Jaswant Singh

Written by an Indian politician, this book provides an alternative perspective on Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s role in the partition of India. It faced a ban in Gujarat due to objections from certain political groups who believed it presented a controversial portrayal of Jinnah.

7. “Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India” by James Laine

"Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India" by James Laine

The Maratha warrior king Shivaji’s life and historical setting are examined in this academic study. Due to complaints from specific political and social groups who claimed it contained disrespectful and distorted content, the book generated controversy and was eventually banned in Maharashtra.

8. “Five Point Someone” by Chetan Bhagat

"Five Point Someone" by Chetan Bhagat

Three engineering students’ lives are followed in this best-selling book as they navigate the Indian educational system. Due to worries about how it portrayed the educational system and the suspected use of inappropriate language, it was temporarily banned in various jurisdictions.

9. “The Hindus: An Alternative History” by Wendy Doniger

The Hindus: An Alternative History" by Wendy Doniger

This academic study examines Hinduism’s origins and main schools of thought. Due to opposition from some religious groups who found its interpretations unpleasant and disrespectful, it faced legal hurdles and was ultimately pulled from publication in India.

10. “The Desecration of My Kingdom” by Sambhaji Bhagat

 "The Desecration of My Kingdom" by Sambhaji Bhagat

The life of Chhatrapati Shivaji and his mother Jijabai is the subject of this Marathi play. Due to complaints from some parties that it unfairly disparaged Chhatrapati Shivaji, it was temporarily banned in Maharashtra.


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