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’.
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.
Cynical Congressmen and supine litfest organisers script a dangerous farce
With Rushdie, the government has again chosen the cowardice of practicality over the courage of morality