The matter of banning information given on wrong facts is not a new one. In the era of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, books have been banned many times.
BBC Documentary Ban: A documentary series on the 2002 Gujarat riots was released by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Whose name is ‘India: The Modi Question’. Now this series has been banned by the Government of India. According to the report, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has also issued instructions to YouTube and Twitter to block videos related to it. Due to which there has been a lot of uproar not only in the country but also abroad.
Actually, this is not the first case of ban on any film or book in the country. Even before this, restrictions have been imposed many times by the previous governments of independent India on matters related to different issues. This mainly includes literature spreading misleading information or hatred against the government, society or individual. Such materials (books and pamphlets) have been banned. At the same time, this order on BBC documentary has been given under the emergency powers of IT Rules 2021. This documentary is based on Gujarat riots 2002. This viral video has been described as propaganda against PM Modi.
Indira Gandhi also banned the book written on Nehru
Prior to the BBC documentary, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had also banned a book written on her father Jawaharlal Nehru. The name of this book was ‘Nehru-A Political Biography’. In this book written on Jawaharlal Nehru, questions have been raised about his political incompetence.
The author of this book was Michael Edwards, a British historian. It was published in 1971 and 1973 but was banned in India in 1975 by the then Indira government. Factual Errors were cited as the only reason for the ban. While the author of this book, Michael Edward claimed that he had written this book after working hard for 25 years.
Similarly the same author (Michael Edward) wrote another book in which he wrote about Mahatma Gandhi. The name of this book was ‘The Myth of the Mahatma’. In December 1986, a demand was made to ban this in the Rajya Sabha. However, this could not happen. If seen, both these books were also a part of British propaganda in a way. On which the attention of the then governments was attracted. Though one was banned, the other was not.
‘The Great Soul’ and ‘Nine Hours to Rama’
Similarly, on March 29, 2011, the book The Great Soul by Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times editor Joseph Lelyveld was also banned by the Government of India. In this book some sensational things have been written on Mahatma Gandhi’s time spent in South Africa and Mahatma Gandhi’s sex life. Bapu’s views on religion were also objected to in the book and some serious allegations were also made.
At the same time, a book named ‘Nine Hours to Rama’, which was written by Professor Wolpert in the year 1962. There was a lot of hue and cry over this book too. Bapu’s last days have been written in a fictional way in this book. It is said that this book was banned because it has been written about the arrangement of poor security arrangements for Mahatma Gandhi, which is factually wrong.
the price of power
In 1983, this book named The Price of Power was also banned by the then government. The author of this book was Seymour Hersh. In this book, former Prime Minister of India Morarji Desai’s relationship with the American intelligence agency CIA was disclosed. Along with this, objectionable things were written about Morarji Desai. Against whom he also filed a case.
Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence
BBC documentary made on PM Modi was shown in Hyderabad University. Oneindia Hindi
In the year 2009, the book ‘Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence’ written by former External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh was also banned. In this book, the top Congress leaders (Nehru-Patel) were held more responsible for the partition of India-Pakistan and Jinnah was presented positively. That’s why it was banned.
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Story first published: Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 13:06 [IST]