Open letter to Rajiv was arrogant: Rushdie

Twenty four years after he shot off an open letter to the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi criticising the ban on The Satanic Verses

Written by Press Trust Of India | London | Published:September 20, 2012 3:46 am

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 author Salman Rushdie now admits that his reaction was “arrogant”,”angry” and “cheek”. Rushdie,65,in his 633-page memoir titled,Joseph Anton,that hit the stands on Tuesday,admits his open letter to the then Prime Minister was arrogant: “This was…not how novelists were supposed to behave: scolding a prime minister. This was…arrogant. This was cheek,” he wrote.

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