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What really happened with The Satanic Verses?

Dec 06, 2013

What really happened with The Satanic Verses?

Retired bureaucrat G Parthasarathy spoke for the first time about how and why the Indian government banned Rushdie's The Satanic Verses. At the time, Parthasarathy was working with the prime minister's office. #Salman Rushdie #Rajiv Gandhi #WhatTheySaid #The Satanic Verses #G Parthasarathy
Mamata did the right thing by blocking 'Satan' Rushdie's visit TMC MP

Feb 01, 2013

Mamata did the right thing by blocking 'Satan' Rushdie's visit TMC MP

Trinamool Congress MP Sultan Ahmed said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had done the right thing if she indeed blocked the writer's visit to Kolkata. #Salman Rushdie #Mamata Banerjee #Trinamool Congress #WhoSaidWhat #Satanic Verses #Midnight's Children
Now, there's 'cultural emergency' in India Salman Rushdie

Jan 24, 2013

Now, there's 'cultural emergency' in India Salman Rushdie

"It seems that culture has become the new target. It may be because the writers, painters, filmmakers, artists don't have armies. We don't have the boys to put on streets to defend our film, novel or painting. So it's not hard to attack," Rushdie said. #Salman Rushdie #WhoSaidWhat #Satanic Verses #Kamal Hassan #Deepa Mehta
Memories of a fatwa bygone Reviewing Rushdie's memoir

Sep 24, 2012

Memories of a fatwa bygone Reviewing Rushdie's memoir

Rushdie's memoir, Joseph Anton, is in turns witty, candid, scathing, self-important, and moving. There's a Rushdie for everyone: literary martyr and lion, champion of free speech, social critic, Page 3 oft-married celebrity. #Salman Rushdie #LitCrit #The Satanic Verses #Joseph Anton
Salman Rushdie apologises for open letter to Rajiv Gandhi in book

Sep 19, 2012

Salman Rushdie apologises for open letter to Rajiv Gandhi in book

Twenty four years after he shot off an open letter to the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi criticising the ban on The Satanic Verses, India-born controversial author Salman Rushdie now admits that his reaction was "arrogant", "angry" and "cheek". #Salman Rushdie #NewsTracker #Rajiv Gandhi #The Satanic Verses #Joseph Anton

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Rushdie and Jinnah More alike than different?

Oct 03, 2012

Rushdie and Jinnah More alike than different?

I was reading Salman Rushdie's memoir, Joseph Anton, when it struck me that Pakistan's Mohd Ali Jinnah, the Muslim hero, and India's Rushdie, the Muslim villain, share quite a few things in common... #Salman Rushdie #India #Pakistan #JustSaying #Muslim #Blasphemy #Satanic Verses #Jinnah
Why write Satanic stuff when it's not really material?

Feb 14, 2012

Why write Satanic stuff when it's not really material?

What Rushdie's book needed was sensible editing. Editing generally improves the quality of a book without losing out the essence. So whats wrong with that? #Salman Rushdie #ToWhatEffect #Satanic Verses #Free Speech #JLF