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Death Threat Prevents Salman Rushdie From Attending Largest Literary Festival In India

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It's too bad that some parts of the world don't believe in free speech.

Salman Rushdie, an India-born writer, was scheduled to appear at the country's largest literary festival, but canceled his appearance after receiving death threats that stem from his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses.

Some Muslims are still not over the book that sparked violent protests shortly after its release and earned the British citizen a death sentence in fatwa from Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

The famed writer explained his predicament in a written statement, reading:

"I have now been informed by intelligence sources in Maharashtra and Rajasthan that paid assassins from the Mumbai underworld may be on their way to Jaipur to 'eliminate' me," Rushdie said in a written statement. While I have some doubts about the accuracy of this intelligence, it would be irresponsible of me to come to the festival in such circumstances; irresponsible to my family, to the festival audience, and to my fellow writers. I will therefore not travel to Jaipur as planned."

Other writers at the event were not happy to hear the news and read selections from the banned novel in protest. After two were asked to stop reading by organizers, two more authors did the same thing!

Right on!

Hopefully those men and women don't get any death threats now, but we applaud their defiance! Everyone has a voice and everyone has a right to be heard — even if others don't agree with their message!

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6 comments to “Death Threat Prevents Salman Rushdie From Attending Largest Literary Festival In India”

  1. 1

    ""It's too bad that some parts of the world don't believe in free speech"" Man you are a hypocrite. Im surprised your mouth didn't catch on fire as you said that

  2. 2

    wow those other writers were very brave. amazing.

  3. 3

    What are the Mooslim contributions to the world and society? Pain and suffering. Disgusting creatures that only add smell and nastiness to the planet.

  4. 4

    Those people are crazy. Worshipping a person who NEVER resurrected.

  5. 5

    Re: AttFinch – Sarcasm right? I hope so. None of the others have a death warrant like Rushdie does. He angered the followers of the hateful one. Err wait, Islam is about peace. Well peace as long as you worship their way otherwise you have to die.

  6. 6

    Im sure its a real nightmare bieng banned from all of these stinking backward shitty countries. Just awful.