MP bans book, blacklists author

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Bhopal, March 22 (IANS) The Madhya Pradesh government has proscribed a book — which allegedly describes a tribe as killers of cows — and blacklisted its author, a minister said on Wednesday.

The book ‘Bharat ka Bhugol’ (Geography of India) is prescribed for postgraduation course and allegedly describes Gond tribals of Madhya Pradesh as killers of cows and consumers of cow meat.

Talking to the media after the issue rocked the assembly, Higher Education Minister Jaibhan Singh Powaiya said the book has been published by a private publisher and not the government.

He said its author Harish Khatri has been blacklisted.

Earlier, in the assembly, Congress members created a ruckus on the issue. The house was thereafter adjourned to Thursday.

–IANS

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