Banned & Censored : What the British Raj Didn’t Want Us to Read

Devika Sethi

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Banned & Censored dives into the history of sedition and censorship in colonial India. Seventy-five years after India’s independence from British rule, it closely examines seventy-five texts that the colonial state banned, censored or deemed seditious.

These lost gems from the Indian freedom movement include writings by figures famous and obscure, of events immortalized and forgotten, by Indians and non-Indians, by people jailed and free, by politicians and intellectuals, revolutionaries and students, and in several Indian languages.

From the profoundly influential Hind Swaraj by Mahatma Gandhi to the seditious Yugantar circular issued by the Hindustan Ghadr Party, each excerpt – taken from books, articles, poems and pamphlets – illuminates not just its author’s thought processes, but the times in which it was composed and circulated.

Devika Sethi teaches Modern Indian History at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Mandi. She is the author of War Over Words: Censorship in India, 1930-1960.

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05 / 03 / 2023

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