The Writer The Reader and The State: Literary Censorship in India

The Writer The Reader and The State

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The Writer The Reader and The State: Literary Censorship in India

By Mini Chandran

The author recalls the literary censorship of books in India, both in English and in regional languages and the impact of Emergency on banned books.

The book “The Writer The Reader and The State: Literary Censorship in India” highlights recent trends and current challenges to free literary expression in the country and attempts to locate it in the tradition of Indian literary history.

The term ‘censorship’, used in the book, is a rubric that includes various repressive measures, both non-governmental and governmental, in banning a book after publication, withdrawing a book using coercive tactics or suppression of a work on other grounds. It adds a literary perspective to the process of reception of these books by the reader.

About the Author




Professor of English literature, Humanities and Social Sciences department, IIT Kanpur. He is also the co-author of “Textual Travels: Theory and Practice of Translation in India”.

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