India: Book set in JNU denied reading at World Book Fair

By Pallavi Pundir

Delhi-based journalist-writer Avijit Ghosh’s book, Up Campus Down Campus, published by Speaking Tiger, was refused permission to be read at the New Delhi World Book Fair at Pragati Maidan Monday. The book is a fictional narrative set in the 1980s in Jawaharlal Nehru University. The reading session was supposed to be helmed by Ghosh and senior AAP leader Ashutosh.

“National Book Trust (NBT), which organised the fair, offers these book discussion segments and we had submitted three names — Mridula Koshy, Swapna Liddle and Avijit Ghosh. They told us the director of NBT wants to read Ghosh’s book. At the last minute, they told us that Ghosh wouldn’t be allowed to read. We weren’t given any reasons,” said Ravi Singh, publisher and co-founder of Speaking Tiger. Read more

Source: The Indian Express