Sunday, February 7, 2010

The book has never been “banned”. Pranksters should be thanked for giving it free publicity

from Posthuman Destinies by rcarlson

The Lives of Sri Aurobindo has never been “proscribed” (forbidden) except perhaps by the Government of Orissa. The court order mentioned above makes no mention of importation or photocopying. Copies of the book circulate freely in all parts of India. Anyone in Pondicherry, Auroville, or elsewhere in India can attest to this. […]

Heehs’s considered statement about copyright matters and about his relation, as author of the book, to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, is the following statement printed at the end of the book’s acknowledgements:

“Works of Sri Aurobindo are quoted with the kind permission of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust. My thanks to Manoj Das Gupta, Managing Trust ee and head of the Ashram’s Publication Department, for granting this per mission. The Sri Aurobindo Ashram is in no way responsible for the selection, arrangement, interpretation, or presentation of material in this biography. The author alone is responsible for the contents of the book.” […]

The book does not violate copyright law in any way, and the Ashram authorities, who are the only ones who could make such a complaint, have never made any indication of doing so. Stating an untruth over and over does not make it true. […]

The legal injunction against publishing in India, at any rate, will be over when the interim order against the book is lifted.

As happens with all attempts at censorship and persecution, the group has brought more attention to The Lives of Sri AurobindoBy opening up the book to a wider readership, they should perhaps be thanked by the many appreciative readers around the world for giving it free publicity.

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