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Publisher Garuda gets over 15k pre-orders in a day for Delhi riots book Bloomsbury cancelled

Bloomsbury announced Saturday that it would no longer publish the book after a social media backlash. Garuda Prakashan then stepped in Sunday, announcing it would publish the book.

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New Delhi: Garuda Prakashan’s phones and email and WhatsApp inboxes are buzzing with pre-orders ever since it announced that it would publish the controversial book titled ‘Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story’, which was deplatformed by Bloomsbury India.

Authored by Monika Arora, Sonali Chitalkar and Prerna Malhotra, ‘Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story’ alleges that the February 2020 Delhi riots were the result of a pre-planned conspiracy.

So far, Garuda, which says it promotes the ‘indic narrative’, has received 15,000 pre-orders in a day.

Ankur Pathak, co-founder of Garuda Prakashan, told ThePrint: “The number of pre-orders that I have told you are tentative figures and are expected to increase. Ever since we opened our booking lines at 9 pm Sunday, our phones haven’t stopped ringing. We are getting responses on our website, WhatsApp number, email and on our phones.

What’s more, the publishing house has even begun snapping up authors signed to Bloomsbury, such as former IAS officer Sanjay Dixit, who denounced its decision to withdraw the publication of the book.

Pathak added: “Sanjay Dixit has signed a contract with Garuda Prakashan, and we are in talks with more such authors who wish to work with us.”

Also read: ‘This is fascism’ — Flak for Bloomsbury on social media as it withdraws book on Delhi riots

‘Want to support fact-based books’

Bloomsbury India announced Saturday that it would no longer publish the book, a move allegedly triggered after prominent authors like William Dalrymple and Aatish Taseer publicly condemned the publisher for giving a platform to it.

At the root of the controversy was an online book launch, in which one of the invitees was Delhi BJP leader and former MLA Kapil Mishra — whose provocative speeches allegedly triggered the unrest in the north-eastern part of the national capital in February. Other panellists for the book launch included BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav, OpIndia editor Nupur Sharma and filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri.

Then, on 23 August, Garuda Prakashan announced on Twitter that it would publish the book instead.

It also said its website crashed due to an overwhelming rush of pre-orders.

Elaborating on Garuda’s decision to publish the book, Pathak said: “As soon as Bloomsbury deplatformed the book, we made an offer to the authors. One hundred copies of the book had anyway been distributed during the launch, and we were familiar with the narrative and facts of the book.”

He added it was an editorial decision to publish the book. “We are against the suppression of freedom of expression and speech. We found the book based on facts. It was unfair that some people dismissed the book without reading it,” Pathak said.

Sonali Chitalkar, one of the authors of the book, called this “India’s Charlie Hebdo moment”. “This book is now a people’s book. Once we saw that Bloomsbury tried to kill our book, we reached out to our audience on social media for help, and they helped indeed. They suggested we should go with Garuda Prakashan, so we did,” she told ThePrint.

“We believe that people should read before they riot. The reactions from people without reading the book are unfair. This book has been written with no preconceived notions, and we have kept the narrative true to reality,” Chitalkar added.

What is Garuda Prakashan?

Garuda Prakashan is a publishing house founded three years ago by IIT alumnus Sankrant Sanu and Pathak. It is based in Gurugram, and calls itself “a platform where stories that bring forth the perspective and narrative of the Indian civilisation can be told”.

It aims to build an alternative narrative for Indian culture, free of Western culture and biases.

One of Garuda’s better-known publications was filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri’s ‘Urban Naxal’, named after the controversial term that even Prime Minister Narendra Modi has used for people expressing their dissent against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Major General G.D. Bakshi (retd), well-known TV news panellist, has also penned a book published by Garuda, titled ‘The Saraswati Civilisation’, which claims to narrate the “original” history of India as opposed to the “whitewashed history” that the colonial masters have told.

Other notable books published by Garuda include ‘India Facts: Hindu Human Rights Report 2017’ by author Mayank Patel, and ‘The English Medium Myth’ by co-founder Sankrant Sanu.

Also read: Congratulations liberals, for another self-goal in forcing Bloomsbury on Delhi riots book


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  1. Truth cannot be kept hidden. People are scared to see Indians rising, to see the truth, to see if Hindus are actually intolerant. I appreciate BJP government and the other wings that have been creating anti hindu propaganda. They all let us and people like me to pick up the books and read what Gandhi spoke, what Ambedkar spoke, khaliafa aandolan, godse, aimim, Savarkar, nehru. A lot to read about. When you read and see what’s going around. You will only c anti hindu, be it print, wire, tv series, movies…. I am glad. Thank you for waking me up u loosers…. 😀

  2. Do you intend to question the chargesheet against tahir husaain the man who publicly admitted his role and investment in the anti hindu riots by using the word “alleges” Enough of yours

  3. Bloomsbury backing out publishing this book has already helped increase the sales of the book.

    Normally the first print run for such books ranges from 1000-2000 books only.

    Thank you Bloomsbury!

  4. Print Media bhadwi hai… Print media is biased towards musalman. Ma ki choot print media ki. Bhadwi print media. Dalal insan saale.

  5. Controversy always sell . The new publishers have to just print the book, where is the question of publishing which involves great deal work. The non controversial book WINGS OF FIRE by late President Dr Abdul Kalam sold more than 10 lakhs copies not only in English but in many other language including many foreign language especially Chinese. Trash when gets free publicity would sell for few months unlike WINGS OF FIRE whch was first published in 1999 continues to sell even now. No one would forget such books.

  6. They tried to bury the truth. The truth will now get amplified. If they had kept quiet, the book would have hardly been noticed.

  7. 15000 pre-orders is nothing, BJP and RSS have membership in crores. So they can ask their cadre to buy copies, and you can imagine the sales figure this FRAUD book can boast of.

    • Lol, typical leftist urban naxals anti hindu mentality who live off lies and cannot accept the truth being told.

  8. This shit portal saya Kapil Misra’s speech instigated the riots in Delhi. The truth is that it was all Islamic jehadis. Tahir Hussain has even confessed everything. Afterall, The Print thinks it was Kapil Misra who is responsible for Delhi Riots. Shit News Portal. Shame on ThePrint. A group of Urban Naxals shaming the name of media and journalism.

  9. Best part is we are happy that you are in crisis … the whole life media tried to play smart, lobbyist, thought provoking, and know-all under the sun … so rest in peace … Roses to your obituary

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