Why Ban A Book?
As with other things, this shows how touchy the Indians are. Also, the Internet is yet to disrupt the Indian reading habits fully and therefore, banning a book does not have the 'Streisand Effect' it would usually have in the West. But surely online reading habits are as common as anywhere among the Generation Y, those who went to school in the 90s and after, and the elite and the fundamentalists, suppressing opinions at will, may now need to wake up to the futility of it, at least for those who read things online.
And, that would be good. On subjects like this, the final word still goes to Milton (1644): "as good almost kill a Man as kill a good Book; who kills a Man kills a reasonable creature, Gods Image; but hee who destroyes a good Booke, kills reason it selfe, kills the Image of God, as it were in the eye. Many a man lives a burden to the Earth; but a good Booke is the pretious life-blood of a master spirit, imbalm'd and treasur'd up on purpose to a life beyond life."
So, let Truth and Falsehood grapple: Whoever knew the truth put to the war, in a free and open encounter.