Bloomsbury India’s fall from grace

The publisher’s decision to publish a dodgy book and then hurriedly drop it in the face of backlash offers a window into the troubled state of Indian publishing

There is no polite way to say this. Bloomsbury India screwed up.

On 22 August, the eight-year-old Indian arm of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc said it would not be publishing Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story, authored by Monica Arora, Sonali Chitalkar and Prerna Malhotra, following backlash on social media.

A number of Twitter users—which included some of Bloomsbury India's most influential authors—had taken exception to a flier announcing the launch event for the book, which would be attended by film director Vivek Agnihotri, OpIndia editor Nupur Sharma and Kapil Mishra, a Bharatiya Janata Party politician from Delhi.

Mishra's speeches during …


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