This site is not maintained. Click here for the new website of Richard Dawkins.

Salman Rushdie goes on offensive after Indian festival appearance is cancelled

Satanic Verses author attacks Indian politicians for failing to protect free speech after video link appearance is scrapped


Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie said his 'overwhelming feeling' was 'disappointment on behalf of India, which is a country that I have loved all my life'.
Photograph: Andrew Winning/REUTERS

Salman Rushdie has launched a scathing attack on the Indian government for failing to protect free speech after organisers of Asia's biggest literary festival were forced to cancel a video-linked appearance by the British author when owners of the venue in the north-west Indian city of Jaipur decided it would be unsafe.

However, in an interview with the local NDTV network, the 64-year-old author reserved his harshest words for the "Muslim groups that were so unscrupulous, and whose idea of free speech is that they are the only ones entitled to it".

"[If] Anyone else, who they disagree with, wishes to open his mouth, they will try and stop that mouth," Rushdie said.

"That's what we call tyranny. It's much worse than censorship because it comes with the threat of violence."

The interview followed the last-minute cancellation of Rushdie's speech to thousands waiting at the Diggi Palace, a heritage hotel in the centre of Jaipur.

Read more

TAGGED: BOOKS, CENSORSHIP, HATE


RELATED CONTENT

Oklahoma high school valedictorian...

NBC Staff - NBCNews.com Comments

Oklahoma high school valedictorian denied diploma for using 'hell' in speech

Pussy Riot's closing statement

Cory Doctorow - BoingBoing Comments

Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich has given a tremendous closing statement, which is a masterful summary of Russian oligarchy

TRT refuses to imagine world without...

- - Hurriyet Daily News (Turkish with... Comments

A presenter for Turkish state broadcaster TRT omitted part of iconic British musician John Lennon's lyrics that call for “no religion” during the broadcasting of the Olympic Games’ closing ceremonies, NTV reported on its website.

Jeremy Paxman religious comments were...

John Plunkett - The Guardian Comments

To name the unnameable

Kenan Malik - Pandaemonium 15 Comments

But in the real world where societies are plural, then it is both inevitable and important that people offend the sensibilities of others. Inevitable, because where different beliefs are deeply held, clashes are unavoidable. And we should deal with those clashes rather than suppress them. Important because any kind of social change or social progress means offending some deeply held sensibilities. The right to ‘subject each others’ fundamental beliefs to criticism’ is the bedrock of an open, diverse society.

Colbert explains how to deal with...

Dean Putney - BoingBoing - Comedy... 36 Comments


Colbert explains how to deal with Internet
censorship protests

MORE

MORE BY JASON BURKE

MORE

Comments

Comment RSS Feed

Please sign in or register to comment