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Cancel Peter Heehs visa,says BJD MP

BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab Friday demanded cancellation of American historian Peter Heehs’s visa because his book The Lives of Sri Aurobindo was allegedly “full of defamatory language and falsehood”.

BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab Friday demanded cancellation of American historian Peter Heehs’s visa because his book The Lives of Sri Aurobindo was allegedly “full of defamatory language and falsehood”.

“This book depicts wrong and distorted facts on the life and character of Shri Aurobindo,which is clearly bhasphemous,” Mahtab said in Lok Sabha. “I would like the respective leaders of different political parties to think of the malicious design that is being created by certain mischievous western so-called writers. This book contains absurd,irrelevant,and self-made stories… and has caused widespread indignation amongst the devotees,” he said.

The Home Ministry extended the American author’s visa by a year in April.

The MP said the book was banned in India but it was in circulation in international stores and on the Internet. “Here is a case where there is a malicious design by certain writers in the West to deride our modern thinkers who brought about dramatic changes in 19th and 20th centuries. These writers have vilified Ramkrishna Paramhans,they have vilified Sri Aurobindo and Paramhans Yoganand,” he said.

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First published on: 19-05-2012 at 03:08 IST
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