Indians don’t appreciate Indians but an unlikely Indian rose to great heights when the Nobel Prize winners for 2014 were declared late last night in Oslo.
The prestigious a set of annual international awards for outstanding cultural and cultural advances by Swedish and Norwegian committees announced that Dina Nath Batra, a right-wing education crusader of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has won the Nobel for Literature as well as in a new category called Scientific Cultural Studies.
Batra is the author of nine books and numerous essays in “Hindusim” and by many is hailed as a “loyal son of Hindistan and Hinduism” while reviled by others, like Nobel prize winner for Literature (2001) Niapual as a “right wing regressive ignoramus with a mind-set stuck in the middle ages”.
Yet in India Batra is not really known for his literary work or “cultural scientific research”.
As My Faking News reporter Simantini Kishore as well as 11 other mainstream reporters were refused an interview with Batra for failing the background check deeming them not “Hindu enough” to interview the soon to be Nobel laureate.
Faking News is currently looking for a journalist “Hindu enough” to be fit to interview Batra and bring its reader the esteemed author’s interview on his winning the “Western World’s most prestigious award” for literature.
In the meanwhile we present you with a short sketch of Dina Nath Batra’s literary and other achievements.
What Batra is associated with is lawsuits and legal notices against various individuals and organisations such as Sonia Gandhi (2001), Lawsuit against NCERT (2006) by the self-proclaimed social and cultural “revolutionary” who is against all things “western” like sex education.
He is also the man behind Shivraj Singh Chouhan decision that yoga would replace sex education in Madhya Pradesh government schools in 2007.
It’s ironical that the man who has been in the News since 2008 for his legal battles to “sanitize the Indian education system as well as literature, especially cultural and historical works, of western influences” has been awarded the world’s most prestigious award for Literature.
Between 2008 till date what Batra has petitioned the Delhi High Court to remove A.K. Ramanujan’s essay, Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translations, from the Delhi University’s history syllabus; 2010 he sent legal notice to author Wendy Doniger of Penguin for The Hindus: An Alternative History as well as N. Ram, the editor of Frontline magazine, for printing a cover article titled “Shortcut to Hindu Rashtra”.
In 2014, Penguin India agreed to withdraw all copies of The Hindus: An Alternative History the book from the Indian market but Batra wasn’t done and demanded, through a legal notice that Wendy Doniger’s book ‘On Hinduism’ also be withdrawn from Indian markets.
In May 2014 Orient Blackswan also went back on their decision to publish Megha Kumar’s Communalism and Sexual Violence: Ahmedabad since 1969 after Batra served them a legal notice. And “From Plassey to Partition: A History of Modern India” by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay met with the same fate after Batra served the publisher a notice.
From June 2014, the Gujarat government declared six text books written by Batra on Hindusims and Hindu culture based on cultural scientific research to be included in state education curriculum.
Historian Roma Thapar calls Batra’s work fantasy and so does Historian Irfan Haider, who claims they are “hilarious but scary.”
Other books by Batra include The Enemies of Indianisation: The Children of Marx, Macaulay and Madarasa.
The PMO released a statement congratulating Batra for the win and praised the “Son of the soil” for his contribution to bringing forth the “acche din” for the Hindurastra.
After hearing the news of Batra’s winning the Nobel prize the All Writers Association of India has served the Nobel Prize Selection Committee a legal notice for “promoting and awarding pseudo-scientific and historically inaccurate viewpoint of an imaginary India and Indian culture as well as demeaning Literature, cultural pride of a nation and doing irreparable damage to genuine historical and cultural research as well as free thinking and secularism, not just in India but all over the world.”
RSS dismissed the legal notice as “frivolous” and the work of “anti-Indians” and offered Batra’s personal legal team to address and dismiss the All Writers Association of India legal notice to the Nobel Prize Selection Committee.
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