Caste controversies in literature is leading to drastic action under pressure from communities who feel themselves slighted.
The ban police is back as the Tamil Nadu government clamps down on two more books
The persecution of writers in a state known for its progressive views has just reached new heights. On August 19, the Tamil Nadu government through a gazette notification banned two books – Venthar kulathin iruppidam ethu? (What Is The Place Of The Kings?) by Senthil Mallar and Madurai Veeran Unmai Varalaaru (The Real History of Madurai Veeran) by Kuzhanthai Royappan – on the premise that the books “contain false, objectionable and distorted facts criticising all communities.”

The ban is not the first of its kind in Tamil Nadu. Neither the almost systematic persecution of writers by caste and communal forces. Another of Mallar’s books, Meendezhum Pandiyar Varalaru (The History Of Pandya’s Resurrection) was banned by the government two years ago for similar reasons.

In the controversy over Perumal Murugan’s novel Madhorubagan (One Part Woman), the district administration forced the writer to sign a one-sided agreement to withdraw the copies of his novel from bookstores and refrain from publishing it again. Earlier, writers like Ma Mu Kannan and Durai Guna  had faced social ostracisation in their villages for the books authored by them.

Different reasons for banning