Is only a dead author a good author?

Rukun Advani dissects the recent debates over Penguin’s decision to withdraw The Hindus by Wendy Doniger and Navayana’s decisions about the English translation of Aazhi Soozh Ulagu (Ocean Ringed World), the 2005 debut novel of Joe D’Cruz. How far can we separate the author from his work? How much prerogative can publishers claim in deciding which books to withdraw or not to publish, after having committed to publishing them? Where do we draw the line? On what basis? The piece takes up many of these questions and offers a calm, very reasonable commentary.

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