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At last fundamentalists and extremists are called fundamentalists and extremists

I did not feel the necessity of informing Sri Aurobindo’s disciples that the Ashram is not a place to follow the silly habit of fooling people on the first of April.
But now I see that some of the inmates have taken advantage of my silence to indulge in such stupidities, and I am sorry for it.
— The Mother, 1 April 1945

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Chidambaram to decide on US historian’s visa Monday

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Home Minister P. Chidambaram ordered a review of the decision on cancellation of the visa of US historian Peter Heehs, living in Puducherry, and said he will take a decision on it Monday.

‘This (decision to cancel the visa) was noticed by me this morning and I understand that the FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Office) Puducherry passed the order,’ Chidambaram told reporters Saturday, after presenting the monthly report of his ministry.

‘I have asked for a suo motu review and am told that the file would be submitted to me on Monday and I will take a decision on Monday,’ he said.

No reason has been assigned by the regional registration office at Puducherry for the decision, but it seems that Heehs’ ninth book, ‘The Lives of Sri Aurobindo’ has been targeted by some fundamentalists as denigratory and blasphemous.

Heehs, an inmate of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, has spent nearly 41 years working on a project of digitisation and archival of works of freedom fighter and spiritual leader Sri Aurobindo.

Many historians had protested against the move of cancelling his visa and had also petitioned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chidambaram for a review of the decision.

Hindustan Times


[It seems that the article’s title has changed. The previous title remains evident from the link.]

“For years, a handful of religious fundamentalists have been harassing Heehs…. Based on select excerpts of the book presented by a small group of religious fundamentalists – and without actually reading it – a February 13, 2009 report of the Orissa government’s IG Police Intelligence said it ‘appears to be blasphemous’.”

Chronicle of Higher Education

Indian Academics Object to Treatment of American Historian

…Mr. Heehs has written extensively on modern Indian history and religion, but some Hindu fundamentalists have objected to his book about Sri Aurobindo…

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