Penguin India agreed Tuesday to withdraw all published copies of American academic Wendy Doniger's book, The Hindus: An Alternative History, after a settlement with a right-wing Hindu organization that had petitioned against the 2009 book.
According to the settlement, Penguin said "it respects all religions worldwide." The publishers also agreed to destroy all the recalled and unsold copies of the book at its own cost.
The petition to withdraw the "flawed book on Hindu history," was filed in 2011 by a group of Hindu academics including the president of a socially conservative group with alleged ties to the RSS — a Hindu nationalist group.
The petitioners asked for Penguin to withdraw all copies of the book and apologize for the "the publication of the factually incorrect and offensive book."
The petition claimed that Doniger's book was rife with "numerous errors in its historical facts and Sanskrit translations" (although Doniger is a Sanskritist).
The petitioners also complained of Doniger's analysis of Hindu gods and goddesses using her "widely discredited psychosexual Freudian theories," and her "bizarre emphasis on sexuality and eroticism."