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Bloomsbury India Withdraws Publication Of Controversial Book 'Delhi Riots 2020' Amid Social Media Outrage

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Amid sharp reactions from all quarters, Publication house Bloomsbury India has decided to withdraw the publication of the controversial book, Delhi Riots 2020. The Publication house decided to dump the book launch event after it came under intense criticism over the book launch, scheduled to take place on Aug 22 in the national capital, where BJP leader Kapil Mishra was one of the guests of honor. Apart from Mishra, the other attendees were BJP leader Bhupender Yadav, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, and lawyer Monika Arora.

Bloomsbury India also said that the pre-publication launch of the book was organised without "our knowledge" by the authors.

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Remember, Mishra has been facing allegations of making provocative and communal statements in North East Delhi on 23 February, prior to Delhi Riots wherein 50 people were killed, scores of people were injured and a number of religious and commercial establishments were damaged. The carnage continued for three days in the narrow lanes of North-East Delhi. The book Delhi Riots 2020 claims to be an "explosive revelation of the plot behind the riots".

Bloomsbury India, in an issued statement, said the book's publication was being withdrawn "in view of very recent events including a virtual pre-publication launch organised without our knowledge by the authors, with participation by parties of whom the publishers would not have approved".

"Bloomsbury India had planned to release Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story in September, a book purportedly giving a factual report on the riots in Delhi in February 2020, based on investigations and interviews conducted by the authors. However, in view of very recent events including a virtual pre-publication launch organised without our knowledge by the authors, with participation by parties of whom the Publishers would not have approved, we have decided to withdraw publication of the book. Bloomsbury India strongly supports freedom of speech but also has a deep sense of responsibility towards society,” said the publication in a statement.

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