The Times of India, Apr 1, 2012:

"Mr Heehs' biography of Sri Aurobindo, justifiably commended by Shri Jairam Ramesh (as well as by scholars around the world), is among the finest ever written of a major Indian nationalist and spiritualist.


The Hindu
March 31, 2012


"Will review historian's visa cancellation issue"

Deccan Herald
March 31, 2012


Cancellation of historian's visa to be reviewed: Chidambaram

The Economic Times
March 31, 2012


Cancellation of US historian Peter Heehs's visa to be reviewed: P Chidambaram

...For years, religious fundamentalists have been harassing Heehs over his non-hagiographic and more academic treatment of Sri Aurobindo's well-received biography.

"I understand that the FRO has passed the order," Chidambaram said. "I have asked for a review. I am told that the file will be submitted to me on Monday, I will take a decision then."

The FRO, who signs as Aruna, could not be contacted. Repeated calls and SMSes to joint secretary (foreigners) GVV Sarma too went unanswered.

"I am very grateful to the home minister for consenting to review my case," Heehs said.

On Friday, 30 intellectuals - including historian Romila Thapar, academic Pratap Bhanu Mehta and poet and literary critic Arvind Krishna Mehrotra - had petitioned the PM and Chidambaram, asking them to review the decision....

Former Karnataka governor and ex-home secretary TN Chaturvedi added his voice of support. "I do hope that Heehs is not hounded out like this."...

The Indian Express
April 03, 2012


PC seeks review of decision on historian’s visa

April 02, 2012


Historian faces expulsion: Are we an intolerant democracy?

After a furore over his controversial biography on spiritual leader and nationalist Sri Aurobindo, well-known American historian Peter Heehs faces the prospect of being asked to leave India. Even as the government mulls the extension of his visa, we debate if this incident is yet another example of a serious threat to the freedom of speech and expression in the country.