Book censorship in India

Book censorship in India has existed at least since the British period, and several books remain banned by the central and state governments.

Books criticizing major religions of India, as well as books supposedly portraying national figures including Gandhi and Nehru in a bad light continue to remain banned.


British period

Post Independence

During the 1960s, following the Sino-Indian war, Chinese books and magazines were banned.[1] After protests by Muslims and a petition by Syed Shahabuddin to the Rajiv Gandhi government, The Satanic Verses was banned in 1988, with India becoming the first country to ban the book.[2]



Many books in India are or were banned for disagreeing with Islam and Hinduism's teachings.[3]


Many books in India were banned for criticizing India and its government or political systems.[3]


Books were banned for criticizing Gandhi and other important Indian historical figures.[3]


The Scented Garden: Anthropology of the Sex Life in the Levant was banned due to sexually explicit content.[1]

List of banned books

See also


  1. ^ a b Roy, Nilanjana S. (2006-05-23). "Banned in India: The 1930s-1960s". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  2. ^ Roy, Nilanjana S. (2006-05-30). "Nilanjana S Roy: Banned books in India: 1970s-2006". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  3. ^ a b c Bhattacharya, Rohit. "10 Books That Were Banned In India For Various Reasons". scoopwhoop. Retrieved 26 January 2021.