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Kapil Mishra Invited As Chief Guest For Book Release On Delhi Pogrom, Publisher Bloomsbury Called Out For Legitimising Hatred & Lies Against Muslims

Publishing house Bloomsbury India has been called out for legitimising anti-Muslim hatred and lies and for criminalising the victims of the Delhi pogrom as a book titled “Delhi Riots 2020 – The Untold Story” published by them is slated to be launched on 22 August, with BJP’s Kapil Mishra being invited as a chief guest on its release.

Mishra has been accused of instigating the Northeast anti-Muslim Delhi Pogrom of February 2020, that killed 53 people, mostly Muslims.

Sharing a poster advertising the upcoming book launch, Monika Arora, who has authored the book alongside two others, wrote:

“How Jehadi-Naxal lobby planned & executed ‘Delhi Riots-The Untold Story’. Book launch on 22 Aug at 4 pm…”

Soon after the announcement by the author, Twitter users lashed out at Bloomsbury for including Mishra in the event, tagging authors who have worked with the publishing house, as well as the main publishing company and its editions in other countries.

Historian Audrey Truschke compared the Bloomsbury’s decision to publish the book of this nature to Nazis blaming the Jews for the anti-semitic pogrom and booksellers profiteering from it.

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Poet and writer Meena Kandasamy tweeted, “This is not about Cancel Culture. This is about defending literature from fascism. This is about standing up against religious divide, hate speech, islamophobia and false history.”

While Bloomsbury India is yet to issue any clarification on Kapil Mishra’s participation in the launch event, on any of its social media handles, despite facing flak, an unnamed representative of the publishing house told Newslaundry that it is not organising this event. “No, the authors did not inform us of this event and our logo has been used without our knowledge. We are not organising any launch event for the book Delhi Riots 2020,” the representative was quoted as saying.

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After Bloomsbury India’s clarification was shared online, actress Swara Bhasker tweeted, “I have 2 Q’s. Did u fact check this book? Or did you go by the propaganda and lies the rabble rousing bigots on stage at the ‘book launch’ told u. Why are u publishing this?”

Other writers also slammed Bloomsbury for publishing the book in the first place.

Also read: Delhi Pogrom: A Timeline Of Killings, Indifference & Absolute Impunity

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Shaik Zakeer Hussain is the Founder and Editor of The Cognate.

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