BJD MP for cancelling visa to US historian Business Standard Press Trust of India
May 18, 2012, 16:15 New Delhi
A strong plea was made by a BJD member in the Lok Sabha today for immediately cancelling the visa to controversial
Peter Heehs, accused by followers of Sri Aurobindo of depicting a distorted
picture of the freedom fighter and spiritual leader. US
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Bhartruhari Mahatab said the "blasphemous" book written by Heehs has been part of a "malicious design to discredit and defame" thinkers of modern
who was supported by some members including from Trinamool Congress and
Congress, said there has been "widespread indignation" among devotees
of Sri Aurobindo over his biography written by Heehs, which is "full of
Heehs, who is an inmate of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, had spent nearly four decades in
and had recently faced deportation from . Recently his visa was
extended by the Union Home Ministry by one more year from April 15. Mahatab wondered as to how a person was getting visa
despite repeated complaints against him. "We should stop such people from
coming to the country", he added. India
Cancel Peter Heehs visa, says BJD MP Indian Express Express news service:
May 19 2012, 03:08 hrs New Delhi
BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahatab Friday demanded cancellation of American historian Peter Heehs’s visa because his book The Lives of Sri Aurobindo was allegedly “full of defamatory language and falsehood”.
“This book depicts wrong and distorted facts on the life and character of Sri Aurobindo, which is clearly bhasphemous,” Mahatab said in Lok Sabha. “I would like the respective leaders of different political parties to think of the malicious design that is being created by certain mischievous western so-called writers. This book contains absurd, irrelevant, and self-made stories... and has caused widespread indignation amongst the devotees,” he said.
The Home Ministry extended the American author’s visa by a year in April.
The MP said the book was banned in
was in circulation in international stores and on the Internet. “Here is a case
where there is a malicious design by certain writers in the West to deride our
modern thinkers who brought about dramatic changes in 19th and 20th centuries.
These writers have vilified Ramkrishna Paramhans, they have vilified Sri
Aurobindo and Paramhans Yoganand,” he said. India