‘War and Peace’ called as ‘objectionable material’ by court; social media enraged
Soon after the Bombay High Court asked activist Vernon Gonsalves the motive behind keeping some books including ‘War and Peace’ by Leo Tolstoy at his house, the social media users are about to make another hashtag trending - #WarAndPeace.
The Bombay Court questioned Vernon Gonsalves in connection with Bhima Koregaon case and asked him to explain why he kept an ‘objectionable material’ like the book ‘War and Peace’ along with some CDs at his residence. The books and CDs were seized as ‘highly incriminating evidence’ from Gonsalves’ residence by Pune police during a raid last year.
However, the booklovers were enraged after they read the media reports on the court’s remark. Many people posted pictures of the copy of ‘War and Peace’ they possess claiming that they also have ‘highly incriminating evidence’ and ‘objectionable material’ at their residences.
Most of the comments were filled with fury as one of the classic literary peace was depicted as a thing of terrorist nature after the incident. Tweets in this regard were posted with the hashtag #WarAndPeace. People of all walks came forward to respond on the court’s remark on a literary work.
‘War and Peace’ was written by Russian author Leo Tolstoy in 1869. It is considered as classic literary work in world literature and the masterpiece of the author. The novel narrates the chaotic period in Russia during French invasion and the effects of Napoleonic era through the lives of five elite families in the country. Leo Tolstoy had called the work as a historical chronicle rather than a novel due to its unconventional style.