Salman Rushdie

Insulting Traditions

Omair Ahmad

A history of insults in Indian literature

Recreating Bombay’s Child

Satya Bhabha plays the Bombay boy in Midnight’s Children, though he has never lived in India. What helped was one long chat with Salman Rushdie

Remembering the Deadly Review

In ‘Joseph Anton’, Salman Rushdie alleges that an early book review of ‘The Satanic Verses’ in India Today by the journalist Madhu Jain, “lit the fire”. He has not forgiven her for that. Here is Madhu Jain’s version of what transpired before the publication of what was in all probability the first book review of ‘The Satanic Verses’.

“Terms like ‘holy war’ should not be tossed around”

When Roy writes, ‘The youth, in preparation to an attack, marked each venue by reading from their prayer books in an act most of us are familiar with as a precursor to a holy war or fight’, he comes close to demonising a community.

“Seniormost maulana threatened jihad at Jaipur”

Jaipur Literature Festival’s producer Sanjoy K Roy takes exception to a piece we ran on the litfest and Salman Rushdie affair

The Rushdie Affair and the Hand of the Congress

Cynical Congressmen and supine litfest organisers script a dangerous farce

For a Moment of Statesmanship

With Rushdie, the government has again chosen the cowardice of practicality over the courage of morality

Oh, for a Book to Ban!

‘Satanic Verses’ was banned 20 years ago. In all the navel-gazing contemporary Indian fiction, where’s the book that has the power to offend?

‘Yes, I Don’t Like Pakistan’

Salman Rushdie speaks of a failure called Pakistan, and why his lawyer told him proving Indira Gandhi was not of good character was the only way to save his skin


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