Bloomsbury India was about to publish a book on the untold story of the Delhi riots in February. However, the publisher withdraws his book after Bloomsbury India was accused of providing a platform to unsubstantiated allegations and strengthening an anti-Muslim agenda.
The book which goes by the name, Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story, stated that the riots happened because of a conspiracy by Muslim Jihadists or Urban Naxals.
The claim of the book contradicts claims of DMC and Amnesty International. They say that Muslims faced the brunt of the violence.
Controversies surrounded the book after it appeared that a BJP leader, Kapil Mishra, would be the guest of honour this weekend in the online launch of the book. Furthermore, the BJP’s national general secretary, Bhupendra Yadav, was to be the host.
Mishra is blamed for his involvement of instigating the north-east Delhi riots in February. After his speech to clear away Muslim protestors, his followers broke out and the riot left more than 50 dead.
In the violence, thousands of Muslims lost their homes with the majority of people killed in riots were Muslims. Hindu mobs roamed streets destroying Muslims homes and attacking them.
After the announcement that Kapil Mishra would be the guest of honour, Bloomberg issued a statement refusing any of its involvement with the event.
Among those who voiced concerns was the prominent British writer and historian William Dalrymple, who is published by Bloomsbury.
Meena Kandasamy a poet, Sudhanva Deshpande, a celebrated theatre director and author, were among those who condemned the book’s publishing.
Bloomsbury India released an announcement on Saturday assuring that it was withdrawing publication of the book.
Arora, the book’s main author, claimed that Bloomsbury India had previously had no issues with the book, that it had been cleared by their legal team, and that the publisher had been well aware of the launch event with Mishra, despite its public denials. She accused Bloomsbury of bowing down to “digital fatwas by international leftist lobbies”.
Sanjeev Sanyal, the writer and economist said that he would never publish along with Bloomsbury again.
The Indian publisher, Garuda Prakashan, on Saturday announced that it would publish the Delhi Riots 2020 this week.