May 9, 2006 2:33:17 am
Mystery surrounds the sudden withdrawal of one of the 16 volumes of an official account of the Jana Sangh-BJP history, four months after it was released as part of the silver jubilee celebrations in Mumbai.
The series, written by historian Makhan Lal under the supervision of senior BJP leader J P Mathur, carry a foreword by Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha L K Advani.
While no one has come forward to object to the sixth volume of The History of Jana Sangh or pin-point the objectionable portions, sources claimed the book was withdrawn after senior leaders noticed some controversial references to Muslims. There was confirmation of the sale of the controversial volume having been stopped.
A party leader requesting anonymity contended much was being made of the narrative of the circumstances leading to the origin of RSS. The references said the ‘‘anti-Muslim sentiments’’ prevailing in the pre-Independence period were due to the Congress policy of appeasement of Muslims.
Makhan Lal told The Indian Express he had no knowledge of the volume being withdrawn or any of its contents meeting with an objection.
Sources close to Advani claimed that he had written a general foreword for the whole series obviously without reading every single volume.
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