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Indo-Canadian Sikh Rupi Kaur’s book is one of the books banned in US schools.

TORONTO, May 3 (VOICE) The Canadian Sikh poet whose Twitter account was withheld in India last month over the Kalistan issue will write his debut in the 11 most banned books in US classrooms in the first half of 2022. I was. 23rd grade.

Rupi Kaur’s “Milk and Honey,” released in 2014, was banned for dealing with issues of sexual assault and violence, according to data provided by the nonprofit PEN America.

The book was banned in multiple Missouri districts this year, ranking ninth alongside Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye.”

Both books were reportedly banned in ten districts in the first half of the school year alone.

The Punjab-born Kaul said in an Instagram post last week that he was “deeply concerned that there are groups of people desperately trying to take up the literature on which the students are based.”

With the exception of Violence, the remaining titles on the list discussed race and racism, LGBTQ+ characters, grief or death, student health and well-being, teenage pregnancy, abortion or sexual assault.

“Parents want to ban books to protect their children, but teachers and librarians say students are old enough to understand the topics discussed in these books.” of people are actually looking for these books because they’ve been through those experiences themselves,” she wrote.

Kaul’s work includes love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, and migration.

“In high school, I remember sitting in the school library reading books on sexual assault because I had no one else to turn to. This is a reality for many students,” she wrote in a post. said.

“We all find solace in literature that reflects our own experiences. With books on sexual assault and other topics banned, I worry about students who rely on school libraries to access literature.” doing.”

This isn’t the first time Kaur has reacted to her book being banned. She made comments on Instagram about the ban, which came into force in two states last year, according to NBC News.

“Over the past few months, parts of Texas and Oregon have banned or tried to ban ‘Milk and Honey’ in schools and libraries. Why? Sexual assault and violence experienced by young women. ,” she writes.

The award-winning poet immigrated to Canada with his Sikh parents at the age of four and grew up in a suburb of Toronto.

The Sun and her Flowers (2017) and Home Body (2020) are among other titles written by Kaur.

According to Kaur’s website, these collections have sold over 11 million copies and been translated into over 43 languages, making Milk and Honey the best-selling poem of all time, surpassing Homer’s Odyssey.

She was also considered the “Writer of the Decade” by The New Republic and was recognized on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. In 2022, Kaur will release her fourth book, Healing Through Word.

However, there were allegations of plagiarism against Kaur for stealing the style and content of the poems from Nayyirah Waheed and Pavana Reddy. Indo-Canadian Sikh Rupi Kaur’s book is one of the books banned in US schools.

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