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Censorship & Tolerance In Modern India: 10 Banned Books

Posted by Ray McLennan on 20-Jul-2018 14:00:58

Readers who aren’t shy of courting controversy may wish to check out this list of 10 banned books from Indian Publishers. In the UK we are so used to seeing the progressive, secular face of Indian society that it is easy to forget there are still worrying limits to free speech within the country. Censorship is rarely officially sanctioned by government bodies, but universities and publishers are subject to intense pressure from cultural and religious groups who are often sensitive to insult.

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Publisher Profile: Westland Books

Posted by Ray McLennan on 12-Jul-2018 16:14:32

The similarity between the world of Indian mythology and the more surreal borderlands of sci-fi has been noted by more than a few authors. Some nonfiction writers, such as Nick Redfern, see this as evidence of early visitation of the Earth by extra-terrestrial beings while humankind was in its infancy. Others, starting with Roger Zelazny and L Ron Hubbard, have delved into Indian myths while looking for inspiration for their science-fiction stories.

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Publisher Profile: The Himalayan Map Company and The Nepal Map Company

Posted by Ray McLennan on 02-Jul-2018 10:30:18

These companies specialise in exactly the type of publication that their name suggests: trekking maps and mountain climbing guides for North India, Nepal and the Himalayan region. Its range of maps are extremely detailed and specialised, each giving full details of specific treks, view points, glaciers, rivers, monasteries and resting points.

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Publisher Profile: Penguin-Random House India

Posted by Ray McLennan on 13-Feb-2018 14:13:58

Penguin Books of India, a subsidiary of the Penguin-Random House group based in New York, is this year celebrating 30 years as an independent publisher of Indian authors and titles. It is one of the best recognised Indian publishing companies, each year showcasing hundreds of well-known and up-and-coming authors from India itself and the Indian diaspora.

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Publisher Profile: HarperCollins Publishers India

Posted by Ray McLennan on 30-Jan-2018 10:30:00

HarperCollins (India) is one of a number of Western publishing houses that have established a fully autonomous publishing presence in India. HarperCollins is now one of the most important publishing houses in India, with a publishing agenda independent of its parent company, and a wide range of interesting authors and titles.

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Publisher Profile: Juggernaut Press

Posted by Ray McLennan on 24-Jan-2018 14:45:00

Juggernaut Press, founded by entrepreneur Chiki Sarkar in 2016, is one of the most innovative modern publishing houses to have been established in India in recent years. In contrast to some of the big names in Indian publishing, Juggernaut Press is completely independent, with no connections to any American or British publishing house. 

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Indian Publishers Focus: TERI Environmental Publishers

Posted by Ray McLennan on 25-Apr-2017 10:52:50

The publisher we examine in this article is radically different to the others we have looked at, demonstrating the vitality and diversity of the Indian English-language publishing industry. You can read our previous articles about Kitab Bhavan, Pentagon Press and Pearson by following these links.

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Indian Publisher Focus: Pearson Publishing

Posted by Ray McLennan on 18-Apr-2017 17:15:20


Pearson Publishing
is one of India’s foremost educational and academic publishers. Like many of India’s academic publishers, Pearson Publishing (India) is an independent franchise of a British publisher, in this case Pearson Education. Other branches include Pearson International and Pearson North America, which generates 60% of the group’s book sales. All the publishing businesses are part of Pearson PLC, an international media and publishing company which formerly owned The Financial Times, among other publications.

Pearson Publishing (India) follows the same model as Oxford University Press. Although it shares the name and brand identity with a western publisher, it is for all practical purposes entirely autonomous. Pearson has a unique Indian book catalogue not available through any other outlet, largely published to meet the needs of India’s English-speaking academic community.

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Indian Publisher Focus: Kitab Bhavan

Posted by Ray McLennan on 03-Mar-2017 14:00:00

Kitab Bhavan of New Dehli, is one of – if not the – leading publisher of Islamic books in the English language.  Kitab (which means book in both Arabic and Hindi) Bhavan was set up to promote English as the common language of scholarship and teaching for Muslims across India. We take a look at this principled, high-quality publishing house in the second of our series of articles about Indian publishing companies. Kitab Bhavan has undertaken a remarkable journey to become a prolific publisher and global distributor, with English language titles being sold around the world. While by no means a large company, with a small team Kitab Bhavan achieves an intellectual output equal to many of the leading Indian publishers, on a range of Islamic topics.

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Indian Publisher Focus: Pentagon Press

Posted by Ray McLennan on 06-Jan-2017 11:55:39

To showcase the range of rare and specialised topics on India that we stock at Motilal Books, we’d like to write a series of articles to introduce some of our Indian publishing partners. We are lucky enough to work with some amazing publishers from India, as well as from Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and elsewhere. Each publisher has his own story, his own approach to publishing and a unique company culture.

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