Dinanath Batra is a long-time RSS activist
whose campaigns centre on the "Hinduisation" of education and censorship of material the Sangh Parivar
considers offensive to Hindus or obscene. He is former general sectretary of Vidya Bharati
and was a key adviser
to the BJP
's human resource development minister Murli Manohar Joshi at the time the NDA were in power.
Batra's recent campaigns have been conducted via the Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti
. Most famously, he led a successful campaign
to get Penguin to withdraw and pulp all remaining copies
of The Hindus: An alternative history
by US academic Wendy Doniger. Additionally he has:
• Led a vigorous campaign
for various changes to the school curriculum, designed, according to a former High Court judge to "create a generation of blind believers instead of a country of thinkers"
• Agitated successfully against
the introduction of sex-education in schools terming it a "crime against youth"
• Campaigned successfully with the ABVP
to get A. K. Ramanujan's essay Three hundred Ramayanas: five examples and three thoughts on translation
removed from the Delhi University history syllabus in 2011, and stopped the publisher
, OUP, printing the essay. (OUP later decided to reprint the essay
• The textbook vigilante
, by Aarefa Johari.
• 'The Hindus' controversy: Getting Doniger trashed just one of his 'battles to save Hinduism'
, by Anubhuti Vishnoi, Indian Express, Feb 14th 2014.
• An Ice Age for Indian scholarship
, apoorvanand writing on Kafila.