Historian Peter Heehs asked to leave
latest book on Aurobindo. The scholar has spent four decades studying
Aurobindo. Curious. Why should a historian and scholar be asked to leave India after
four decades because "certain groups” are offended? Nandita
Saikia @nsaikia Historian Peter Heehs, who's spent 40 yrs
studying Aurobindo, asked to leave India for his latest book on
Aurobindo. 10:55 AM India
The bigger question is: have we been so dulled into non-thinking by hagiographical works that we are unable to accept another view? Dismayed that other newspapers have not taken up the Peter Heehs issue seriously - it is almost as big as Salman Rushdie, MF Husain. Chidambaram must send a strong signal to religious fundamentalists: stop harassing thinkers - if you don't like their work, don't read it. Apart from 30 intellectuals, politicians from Congress and BJP are supporting Peter Heehs stay in
. PC orders review into
historian's visa row: my story on Peter Heehs's needless harassment 9:08 AM India
US historian may leave UT IBNLive.com
PUDUCHERRY: American Historian Peter Heehs whose book 'Lives of Sri Aurobindo' raked up controversy is keeping his fingers crossed after Union home minister P Chidambaram said that he would review the Ministry's decision not to renew his visa, ...
Chidambaram to decide on Heehs' visa tomorrow Times of India
PUDUCHERRY: Home minister P Chidambaram will review the decision to cancel the visa of American historian Peter Heehs, who wrote the controversial biography 'The Lives of Sri Aurobindo' in 2008. He will make his decision by Monday, he told reporters.
Replying to questions about American historian Peter Heehs, Mr. Chidambaram said that he would review the decision on cancellation of the visa to the historian who was living in Puducherry by Monday. Mr. Heehs was asked to leave the country after he ...
PC orders review into historian's visa row Hindustan Times
Home minister P Chidambaram on Saturday asked for a review of an order denying American historian Peter Heehs a visa extension. Heehs, who has been living in
for the past 41 years, was abruptly told by the foreigners' registration office
(FRO) in ... India
Is extremists' objection to his book behind US historians expulsion?
Hindustan Times - Mar 30, 2012
The ostensible reason for the non-extension of Heehs's visa, according to sources, is his ninth book, 'The Lives of Sri Aurobindo'. For years, a handful of religious fundamentalists have been harassing Heehs over his treatment of Sri Aurobindo's ...
Posthuman Destinies - Cancellation of US historian Peter Heehs’s visa to be reviewed: P Chidambaram - Heehs Biography Controversy (SCIY) - SA used different terminologies and different formulations in different texts, this doesn’t necessarily mean he abandoned one for the other. debbanerji Posted March 14, 2012 Permalink
A critique of the book "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by Peter Heehs - Video Report of Dilip Datta's Violence against Devotees in Silent Protest
Overman Foundation - Publication of the second edition of “Sri Aurobindo: His Political Life and Activities”.
Auroville Radio - Sharing Auroville`s life and spirit - A way to Divine Anarchy
31 March 2012: Don't expel US historian, govt told Addendum: The question about the relationship between Sri Aurobindo and the Mother is only one of dozens of objections raised by that handful of religious fundamentalists; it is not even mentioned in the Orissa Gazette Notification. It is, however, what appears to produce the most visceral effect in the public, for reasons we fail to understand. Heehs made it perfectly clear that there was no sexual element at all in this relationship. On the contrary, what he wrote underscores its profoundly sacred nature. Only readers with a serious Freudian hang-up can fail to see this. Moreover, we are aware that Minister Jairam Ramesh has read and greatly appreciated The Lives of Sri Aurobindo. He has written Heehs privately about this and also mentioned it in his letter to the Home Minister. We regret that the writer of this otherwise excellent report did not quote from JR's letter the positive comments about the book, along with the lines relating to the larger issue of freedom of expression. — Editors, IYF. Recent Additions
1 April 2012: Chidambaram to decide on Heeh's visa
31 March 2012: Don't expel US historian, govt told
10 March 2012: Those who get upset by these things are worse
24 February 2012: Sri Aurobindo, Heehs and the fragility of faith
9 August 2011: Review by Antony Copley
31 July 2011: BAN the BAN by Ramachandra Guha