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Another Indian Publisher Pulls Book by U. of Chicago Scholar

[Updated (3/5/2014, 2:15 p.m.) to include a statement from the publisher.]

Another Indian publishing company has withdrawn a book about Hinduism by a University of Chicago scholar, The Times of India reported.

Last month Penguin Books India agreed to withdraw all copies of The Hindus: An Alternative History, a 2009 book by Wendy Doniger, a professor of the history of religions at Chicago. Ms. Doniger’s book had drawn criticism from a nationalist group that said her text misrepresented Hindu traditions.

The Aleph Book Company, another Indian publisher, has now decided to withdraw Ms. Doniger’s book On Hinduism, which was published last year. An Aleph spokesman told the newspaper that the company didn’t want to get involved in controversy.

Aleph later posted a statement on its Facebook page by an official with its parent company, Rupa Publications, stating that the two firms were “not aware of any such thing except that we are looking forward to the right resolution of the situation.”

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