Plea to lift ban on Satanic Verses

In what could further stoke the Salman Rushdie controversy,a few authors at the Jaipur Literature Festival launched a campaign demanding immediate lifting of the 23-year-old ban on his book The Satanic Verses

Written by Press Trust Of India | Jaipur | Published: January 23, 2012 2:47 am

In what could further stoke the Salman Rushdie controversy,a few authors at the Jaipur Literature Festival Sunday launched a campaign demanding immediate lifting of the 23-year-old ban on his book The Satanic Verses.

“We strongly urge the government to reconsider the ban…” read a petition put forward by authors led by Nilanjana Roy. The book was banned in 1988 for its “blasphemous content hurting the sentiments of Muslims”.

The Satanic Verses “has not incited violence anywhere. Others have used the novel’s existence to incite violence to suit their political ends,” the petition said.

At one of the gatherings,publisher S Anand lashed out at the organisers for not supporting Rushdie. Pakistani author Mohd Haneef,too,backed Rushdie. “I find it quite bizarre. This is the world’s biggest democracy,the most multi-cultural society you can have and I think it’s sad that Rushdie has not been able to come,” he said.

A day after his comments on Rusdhie’s writings caused a stir,writer Chetan Bhagat sought to clarify that Rushdie was a hero for him as well but he does not believe in using literature to hurt people’s sentiments.

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