Books That Are Banned In India

Rama Retold: The Indo-Irish author Aubrey Menon was generally regarded as a satirist. He wore many hats—playwright, travel writer, drama critic and theatre director.  He once told—“There are three things which are real: God, human folly and laughter. Since the first two pass our comprehension, we must do what we can with the third.” But making laughter when God is your subject? Rama Retold is a satirical play based on the Ramayana.The play invoked angry reactions from sections of Hindu society. They complained Aubrey has gone too far in taking liberties. As a result, the government of India in 1955 banned the book.

Old Soldier Sahib: This book is the second part of Frank Richards’ memoir. It covers the time he served as a British soldier in India and Burma from 1902 to 1909. Old Soldier Sahib was published in 1936. It describes in detail the contempt of British war veterans for native Indians, the legalized brothels and the sufferings and diseases the solders went through. He describes the native Indians in an offensive way. Frank Richard won Military Medal for his service during this time but his book was banned.

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