Varanasi: A book fair was organized by National Book Trust, Delhi on Beniabaug Grounds. Some publishers were displaying and selling books that were anti-Hindu Dharma, denigrating Hindu deities, saints and Holy Scriptures. Devout Hindus came together and protested against these publishers. A book titled "Ramayana, a new perspective" was burnt under the leadership of Swami Jagajeetan Pandeya, Secretary of Akhil Bharateeya Dharma Sangh as it hurt religious sentiments of Hindus whereas some books were thrown away from the book fair and the book sellers were warned to destroy such books.
Some book-sellers were deliberately displaying books with titles like "Rati-Purana", "Ramayana- Ek Naya Drusahtikon", "Hindu Dharma ke Padabhrashta Tulsidas", "Tantra-Mantra-Yantra", "Hindu Sanskruti", "Sree Krushna Aur Unaki Geeta" etc. There was furor among Hindus all through the city as they came to know about such display and sale. There were protests in different parts of the city in various manners against this incident. Shri. Balendu Shekhar Tripathi of RSS and Shri. Gulshana Kapur of Shiv Sena visited the book stalls and checked such controversial books. They also brought this matter to the notice of City Magistrate. 13 anti-Hindu books were confiscated and ban was imposed on their sale. Workers of BJP – Youth Wing burnt effigy of Ramaswamy and a book written by him titled ‘Sachchi Ramayana’ since it insulted Sree Rama.
When police arrested agitators, the organizers of the book fair were expressing apology to them instead of taking action against them.
Source: ‘Daily Sanatan Prabhat’
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