02 March, 2021

Papier Mache Artist

The man who made Penguin pulp Doniger

Sanjay Rawat
Papier Mache Artist

The mission is to change the country,  and the man on the job is Dinanath Batra, eightysomething and enthusiastic about “building character” and “changing the education system”. He does this by contesting  books that run counter to how he thinks India’s cultural history, mythology, epics, heroes, villains and freedom fighters must be seen and be represented. Anything he deems inappropriate—rather, incongruent with his view—he takes to the cleaners. That he was advisor to the NDA’s HRD minister Murli Manohar Joshi in 2001 may give an indication of which way he leans politically.

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