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 A row over Leo Tolstoy’s novel ‘War and Peace’ in Mumbai
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A row over Leo Tolstoy’s novel ‘War and Peace’ in Mumbai

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Leo Tolstoy’s novel ‘War and Peace’ has become the centre-piece of a row erupted in a court in Mumbai.

All controversy began after the Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked an accused in the Bhima Koregaon case to explain why he kept "objectionable material" like a copy of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace" at his home. Soon after, the Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, also a think tank, termed the incident ‘bizarre’.

"Truly bizarre that somebody is being asked by a judge of the Bombay High Court to explain why he has copy of Tolstoy's War & Peace, a true classic. And to think Tolstoy was a major influence on the Mahatma," Jairam Ramesh tweeted on Thursday.

In response to Jairam Ramesh's tweet, the youth wing of the Congress said the incident was indeed bizarre. "Wonder what Bombay High Court is going to do about the thousands of literature students, professors, readers, writers, etc in India," it asked.

While hearing the "Urban Naxal" case on Wednesday, the Bombay High Court asked accused activist to explain why he kept Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace" at his home. A single-judge bench of Justice Sarang Kotwal said "such books" and CDs prima facie indicated they contained some material against the State.

Leo Tolstoy’s novel ‘War and Peace’ is a novel about Russia during Napoleonic wars.