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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Court has banned the book, not any ordinary man

BAN THE BAN In addition to ‘The Satanic Verses’, here are ten books that India needs to unban now https://t.co/ZwRtFhwtss It’s time to put a stop to India’s ridiculous obsession with banning books. Shoaib Daniyal · Tuesday, December 1st 2015 https://t.co/otyxDL9t3D

10. The Lives of Sri Aurobindo, Peter Heehs
An extremely well-regarded biography of Bengali revolutionary-turned-ascetic Aurobindo, the book ran into trouble with modern devotees for refusing to accept the saint’s divinity. “To accept Sri Aurobindo as an avatar is necessarily a matter of faith”, Heehs wrote, adding that “matters of faith quickly become matters of dogma”.
In response to being called dogmatists, some Aurobindo devotees filed a case in the Orissa High Court asking for a ban on the book in 2008 and got it.

Controversy over book would have amused Sri Aurobindo

Rediff-10-Apr-2012
Despite a few shortcomings, Peter Heehs's book on Sri Aurobindo, which has landed him in trouble with the Pondicherry ashram as well as ...

People of India respect right to freedom of expression: Heehs

The Hindu-14-Apr-2012
“I am looking forward to being forgotten,” remarked American historian Peter Heehs, as he spoke about the media attention that followed the ...

Sri Aurobindo, Heehs and the fragility of faith

Hindustan Times (blog)-22-Feb-2012
This time, it's Peter Heehs, an American historian, who has who has lived in and served the Sri Aurobindo Ashram for 41 years, set up the ...

Yoga and philosophy of Sri Aurobindo is not a religion: Peter Heehs

Economic Times-19-Apr-2012
Historian Peter Heehs was born in Chicago in 1948. In 1968, he took a break from college to learn yoga- a decision that took him to the ...

The Lives Of Sri Aurobindo

Outlook-21-Feb-2014
A good lawyer can always find a section that was meant for one purpose and put it to work for another. Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 , forbids ...

The 'lunatic Hindu fringe' that seems to have a disproportionate say ...

Daily Mail-22-Feb-2014
Peter Heehs was asked to leave India, where he had been living for forty years, because of his biography on Sri Aurobindo. When James ...

@rvaidya2000 tweets: 06 Dec 15
Bg lit fest Batra was villain-poor fellow-he only used available legal proces-nvr lifted even his little finger-left shd declare-laws humbug

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