Bloomsbury India, the publisher of the newly launched book – Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story –withdrew its publication on Saturday after it attracted huge controversy.
The book attracted huge controversy during its online launch event on Saturday when an “invitation” stated that BJP leader Kapil Mishra is seen by many as sparking the riots. Kapil Mishra along with film director Vivek Agnihotri, OpIndia editor Nupur J Sharma, advocate Monica Arora, Prerna Malhotra, and Sonali were among the people who were attending the virtual event.
Commenting on this issue the publishing house said Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story was planned to release in September 2020 but after viewing very recent events including the online launch on Saturday which was organized by authors without the knowledge of Bloomsbury India, the publishing house decided to withdraw publication of the book.
Adding to its decision Bloomsbury India further said: “ We strongly support freedom of speech & expression but also we have a deep sense of responsibility towards society.”
Moreover, many people ignited the controversy by saying that the publication house was furthering a communal agenda.
About Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story
Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story is written by advocate Monica Arora, Prerna Malhotra, and Sonali Chitalkar. It is based on the horrific violence that took place in Northeast Delhi in February 2020. It showcases a factual report on the riots in Delhi in February 2020. The report is based on the interviews and investigations done by the authors.
Earlier the book was planned to release in September 2020 by Bloomsbury India.
Other’s reaction to this controversy
Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan, Swara Bhasker, Samit Basu are among others who tweeted on this issue.
Monica Arora, one of the authors said the “messiahs of freedom of speech” are criticizing it even before it has been released.
Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan: “The problem is that the right-wing in India has no/very few intellectuals so publishers feel they must publish any dross to not be seen as favoring one side over another.”