Pune: The Maharashtra unit of Vishwa Hindu
Parishad (VHP) today described as "shocking" the Supreme Court
order lifting ban on the controversial book authored by
American writer James Laine which allegedly contained
defamatory references to Maratha warrior king Shivaji Maharaj.
Reacting to the court order, the VHP in a statement
issued here said it had "enraged and caused pains" to the
people of Maharashtra.
The organisation also condemned Maharashtra government
for its "lack of preparation" while presenting the case before
the court to confirm the ban on the book and demanded that the
State and Central governments take necessary action to uphold
Meanwhile, NCP MP Udayanraje Bhosale, a descendant of
Chhatrapati Shivaji protesting the order announced that
Laine`s book would not be allowed to be sold or circulated in