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Top 10 Controversial Books in India | List of books banned in India

Indian might be a very good poster for the romantic idea of Secular and Democratic nations but when it comes to writing some free ideas there are some extremist zones that just lose their temper. You can feel this anger through the famous Controversial Books in India that faced a lot of criticism from this nation and even some authors have to leave the country at the end. So if you consider small papers representing mere thoughts written with just inks cannot lead to bloodshed over those same papers then just go through the given below list of top Indian controversial Books that are banned strictly for some violent reasons.

List of Top 10 Books Banned in India




1. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

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Whenever there comes the topic of popular controversial Indian Books you can never miss out this relic of Salman Rushee who at last left the Indian country altogether. He portrayed the life of the Prophet Muhammad in his terms through the usage of magical realism and contemporary incidents to create his characters. The book was banned in India for extensive revolts from the Islamic community along with some hate speech directed towards a religious group. As we all know what is the weakest spot of Indians after the partition. Some extremist Muslims even accused Rushdie of blasphemy and demanded his life.

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2. Rangila Rasul by Pandit Chamupati M.A.

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Well, the rebellion stands in the name then who cares what’s inside? The name of the book in itself stands for ‘Promiscuous Prophet’ that is banned not only in India but also in Pakistan and Bangladesh. This controversial book in India was published during the period of confrontation between the Arya Samaj and Muslims in Punjab during the 1920s but never reached the readers due to its initial revolts as the author crossed some boundaries of decency while describing the detailed marriages and sex life of the Prophet Muhammad that outraged the Muslim community.




3. The Polyester Prince: The Rise of Dhirubhai Ambani by Hamish McDonald

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The leading business person of India, Mr Ambani was definitely not happy with this book hence this Indian Controversial book’s author met with several threats even before the manuscript was completed from Ambani’s lawyer. In the end, the Reliance Industries got a temporary injunction against the book and he never even got the chance to release this book. 

4. Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India by James Laine

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Indians do outrage whenever their idealistic heroes are re-examined by the different perspectives of histories. This book was based on the warrior king of Marathas in India(these people are normally even high on adrenaline!) Hence when this book met with the historic side of James it turned out to be in something that gained so much criticism following its publication that it ended up in the public unrest in Maharashtra(where this heroic figure is worshipped like a God). They claimed this book carried a negative portrayal of Shivaji and his parents and said the king contained material promoting social enmity. You can get this Top Controversial Indian Book now, don’t get outrageous before even reading go and decide your own take.




5. The Myth of the Holy Cow by Dwijendra Narayan Jha

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If you are not an Indian, I must tell you there are two topics that are just ‘NO-GO’ for Indians therefore never even try to go near them. First, never ever(like not at all!), comment on someone’s nationalism and second never pinpoint anything related to the only nationalist factor of India that is Cow(Just say Bharat Mata Ki Jai! Whenever you feel like you are in trouble!) as this animal is worshipped as the nation goddess. This Indian Controversial Book already crossed the red flags hence it was obvious to see violent repercussions of death threats. The author discussed the practice of eating beef in ancient India which was even documented in Vedic and Post-Vedic texts of Hindu scriptures. The book was hugely criticised as it deeply hurt Indian sentiments and was banned by the Hyderabad Civil Court.

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6. Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India by Joseph Lelyveld

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This book had only one fault: it came in the wrong year as it discussed that the “Father of the Nation”, Dr Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi had a sexual relationship with Hermann Kallenbach, a German-Jewish bodybuilder. This homosexuality was never celebrated in India(even now there’s isn’t any conspicuous change) and was even illegal in the times when this Controversial book in India was published (during 2011). The Legislative Assembly of Gujarat voted unanimously in 2011 to ban the book due to the following huge violent outrage it created among the Indian people.




7. Understanding Islam through Hadis – Religious Faith or Fanaticism? by Ram Swarup

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This guy took again the sweetest spot for Muslim Community. He studied the book of the ‘Sahih Muslim’ which is the second-most important collection of Hadiths that are religiously very important in Islam. This Controversial book was banned in India as it deeply offended the Muslim community still a reprint of the book was released by the Swarup’s friend, Sita Ram Goel, in Hindi that sold out very quickly. The translation of this book was also banned after Swarup had it commissioned and his friend was arrested for denying the court’s order.

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8. The Ramayana as Told by Aubrey Menen

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Whenever there’s a comment over the religious scriptures of both of these famous religions in India you can easily predict there is going to be a lucid outrage from all the extremist groups of these religions. Menon is an English writer of Irish and Indian origin. He was primarily a satirist. He told this infamous Hindu epic of Ramayana in his fun and readable version that led to violent attacks over him and hurt so many sentiments that eventually this became the most Controversial book in India and got banned.




9. Nine Hours to Rama by Stanley Wolpert

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Don’t burst it isn’t based on the all-time descent Ram from Ramayana, in fact, this was the real-life narration of the most depressive times in Indian history that is when the ‘father of nation’ Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead. This narrative set in the nine hours in the life of Nathuram Godse where he planned to assassinate Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is precisely described in this Indian Controversial Book. The book was banned in 1962 because it suggested some of the key failures in the security system of Indian Police.

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10. Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence by Jaswant Singh 

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Oh! My apologies there are three ‘NO-GO’ topics for Indians, the third one is the all-time favourite Pakistan(Yeah! Just the word you never know what will happen if you even begin your sentence with this word, so please don’t!) This book had some defamatory references to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who was one of the famous figures during and after the Independence along with the partition of India and Pakistan. Hence, this Controversial Indian book is banned in Gujarat but later overturned. The book was banned on 19 August 2009 and the author of this book Jaswant Singh was also expelled from his political party, BJP, for writing this book.




Hope you enjoyed these restricted elements from Indian backgrounds that are boldly displayed by the authors in their Controversial books in India. Decide on your own, if you lay your hands on these top 10 Indian Controversial Books and tell us the comment sections below how much you feel offended and keep following our blog for more interesting articles like this.

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