"The book is in a bad taste right from the beginning," Mr Batra told a BBC Hindi colleague on Wednesday. "If you see the front page [cover], the picture there is also objectionable since it portrays a deity in a vulgar pose. The book is slanderous and even facts have been distorted."
So self-deluded are our conservative morons, that they miss out on the fact that his selfsame culture created that image on the cover of the book. And a culture that has on its temples large sculptures such as these (and this a mild example), can hardly be accused of being under-sexualised.
Thank goodness I got my copy of the book 2 years ago. While the book has pretty weird speculation about the role of dogs and horses in our society, it is hard to argue with the scholarship of someone holding the Mircea Eliade Chair in UChicago.
I personally blame the banning of Rushdie and Taslima Nasreen - kowtowing to conservatives on these issues is plainly ridiculous.
Why do Western companies come here and roll over? Unilever and "fairness creams". Penguin and the promotion of stupidity.
If Penguin refuses to give The Hindus its day in court and remains silent on its reasons for withdrawing and pulping the book, it should redesign its logo to reflect its new Indian avatar. That much-loved upright bird should be retired and replaced by a prone tandoori penguin: plucked, headless and quite dead.
Edit: I was requested to make the diary SFW.