A Study in Conflict

Bombay's international airport is named after Chhatrapati Shivaji Muharaj, a 17th century King of the Marathas of western India remembered in history for his fight against the Muslim Mughal rulers. That's one air terminal that should be avoided by Professor James W. Laine, the American author of a 2003 book on Shivaji. An Indian edition published last summer inflamed Hindu fanatics, culminating in January in the ransacking of a research institute Laine thanked in the book and the banning of the tome by the state of Maharashtra. Last week the state government pressed criminal charges against the Macalaster College professor, accusing...

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