Maharashtra backs Bhalchandra Nemade over Salman Rushdie tweet

The controversy started after Nemade raised questions about the literary merit of some of Rushdie's work.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: February 10, 2015 10:32 pm
Maharashtra government, Salman Rushdie, Bhalchandra Nemade, Maharashtra BJP government, The controversy started after Nemade raised questions about the literary merit of some of Salman Rushdie’s work.

The Maharashtra government is examining the possibility of initiating an action against Indian-born writer Salman Rushdie who used “objectionable language” against Jnanpith Award winner and Marathi litterateur Bhalchandra Nemade in a tweet.

“It is necessary to take action against the tweet. The Home department is considering it,” said Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde.

The controversy started after Nemade raised questions about the literary merit of some of Rushdie’s works on February 6. A day later, an angry Rushdie tweeted: “Grumpy old b*****d. Just take your prize and say thank you nicely. I doubt you’ve even read the work you attack.”

Tawde had on Monday said the use of language in Rushdie’s tweet was unacceptable and condemnable. “All literature lovers must object to the use of language,” Tawde reiterated Tuesday.

Besides Rushdie, Nemade had also dismissed the literary works of V S Naipaul. The Marathi writer had earlier stoked another controversy by suggesting that English be eliminated from the education system, claiming that many other languages across the world were dying because of it.

Meanwhile, the state cabinet Tuesday also decided to felicitate Nemade for bagging India’s foremost literary award. “We plan to hold a mega event in Nemade sir’s honour,” Tawde said.

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    Harsh
    Feb 11, 2015 at 11:25 am
    Seriously? Now tweets will be actionable? Its a ing Virtual World!!! I can't express my opinion now?
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      Madhu
      Feb 11, 2015 at 10:38 am
      Ugh, "take action". I greatly dislike Rushdie, but Indians need to get thicker skin. This is like "insulting the sentiments of a community", another garbage charge.
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