What really happened? No one knows, really, except perhaps for a select few at the top of the military echelon, and almost none of them are saying anything substantial, even off the record; certainly none has anything to say publicly, apart from making some disgruntled noises about ‘sovereignty’. Today, those who make up Pakistan’s military and intelligence establishment find themselves at a critical, fascinating point. With Osama bin Laden having been recovered from their own backyard, they are left with just two options: either concede collusion between members of the military and the intelligence and the very forces that Pakistan is claiming to fight; or claim ‘intelligence failure’. This is not much of a choice, and the military is desperate for something credible to say.
Just nosing around: A recreation of bin Laden's Abbottabad compound in the Internet-based
'virtual world' Second Life
Image: Penguin India
Penguin India withdraws The Hindus
On 11 February 2014, Penguin India decided to recall and destroy all remaining copies of Wendy Doniger’s book The Hindus: An Alternative History. The decision was part of an agreement between them and Shiksha Bachao Andolan, a Hindu campaign group that filed a case against the publishers in 2010, arguing that the book was insulting to Hindus and contained “heresies”.
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Diwas Kc reviews The Hindus: An Alternative History. (March 2010)