“…Insulting, tasteless, objectionable writing with a mala fide intent..”
Written in 2003, Shivaji is based on the warrior-king of India. He ruled large parts of western India and is considered a national hero. Many people were unhappy with the book, believing it contained insulting, tasteless, objectionable writing with a mala fide intent about Shivaji and his parents. Following an attack on the institute where much of the author’s research was carried out, the book was banned to prevent further unrest. The high court over ruled the ban in 2007, the estate challenged the decision but was over ruled, by Supreme Court. Oxford withdrew the book from distribution and despite the court’s decision the book is not easily available in India.