ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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'Fahrenheit 451'

The Sambhaji Brigade's vandalism in Pune's Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute in the name of protecting Shivaji's name finds an echo in the West Bengal Left Front government's ban on the Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin's autobiographical book Dwikhandito (Split in Two), on the plea of maintaining communal harmony. Both indicate the pathetic level of enlightenment and intellectual understanding among our public and politicians and raise important questions about the wisdom of arbitrary official ban on dissenting literature in general, and the validity of manipulated popular campaigns against such literature that often prompt the banning, in particular.

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