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Author Arundhati Roy 'dismayed' at Penguin India's book recall

The Penguin publishing group in India has responded to international criticism of its decision to withdraw from sale a book about Hinduism by a prominent US scholar.

Wendy Doniger's book The Hindus: An Alternative History had been the subject of a legal challenge claiming the text was offensive to Hindus.

Booker prize-winning author Arundhati Roy told the BBC it was a worrying development.

''It marks a shift, a very dismaying shift in submitting to the growing atmosphere of intolerance,'' she said.

  • 14 Feb 2014
  • From the section Asia