Sena won`t allow sale of book on Shivaji by James Laine: Uddhav

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said that the party would not allow the sale of American author James Laine`s controversial biography of Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji.

Last Updated: Jul 11, 2010, 15:09 PM IST

Mumbai: Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said that the party would not allow the sale of American author James Laine`s controversial biography of Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji and has threatened to burn down the copies.

"How should we bear an insult of a personality which is so revered and anything written about him," Thackeray said, while addressing a gathering of mountaineering enthusiasts
here today.

The book, `Shivaji, Hindu King in Muslim India`, allegedly having derogatory comments on the Maratha king, has been at the centre of a controversy.

Uddhav warned people against selling or purchasing the book and said, if this happens Shiv Sena will have to intervene.

The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the decision of the Bombay High Court to lift the ban on the book by Laine, which, according to the state government, contained material
promoting social enmity.

PTI