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Salman Rushdie

'A Kind Of Moral Bankruptcy'

Feb 21, 2010 Salman Rushdie

'It is people like Gita Sahgal who are the true voices of the human rights movement; Amnesty and Begg have revealed, by their statements and actions, that they deserve our contempt'

Rethink The Politics Of Blasphemy

Jan 08, 2010 Arshad Alam

The failed attempt on the life of the Danish cartoonist, Kurt Westergaard, once again raises issues of intellectual dissent and the nature of blasphemy in Islam.

A Crisis Of Faith

It's 20 years since the fatwa on Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses. We mark the occasion by republishing what Professor C.M. Naim present

Hushed Into Silence

Jan 07, 2009 Kenan Malik

Rushdie's critics lost the battle - The Satanic Verses continues to be published. But they won the war. The argument at the heart of the anti-Rushdie case - that it is morally unacceptable to cause offence to other cultures - is now widely acc

'Brutality, Incompetence And Cynical Duplicity'

'Arundhati Roy wrote: You have a very simple choice: Justice or civil war... I want to really take issue with this. I do not believe that the project of the terrorists has anything to do with justice.'

04 July, 2007

The 'Sword Of Islam'

Rajinder Puri

There can be two views about Britain's decision to honour Salman Rushdie with knighthood. Whatever the merits or demerits of Britain's decision, there cannot be two views about the response to it by Pakistan's clerics. It was shameful.

02 July, 2007

It's Splitsville

Outlook Web Bureau

Way back in September 2006, we had asked if the Rushdie-Padma Lakshmi honeymoon was finally over. It is now official that it is.

29 June, 2007

Caught In A Jehadi Vicious Circle

B. Raman

Recent jihadi anger against the British does not seem to be Iraq-related. They are more Afghanistan and Salman Rushdie related. The decision to award the Knighthood to Rushdie at this juncture does not speak well of the sensitivity in British officia

26 June, 2007

Arise, Sir Salman!

Priyamvada Gopal

What does the conferral of an archaic honour on Salman Rushdie--a visionary and complex writer lamentably transformed into a weak-voiced celebrity--and the ensuing outcry tell us about our times?

21 June, 2007

The Fury Over Sir Salman

Outlook Web Bureau

A geriatric old monarch of an erstwhile imperial power bestows the knighthood on Sri Salman Rushdie only to have him become the subject of renewed death threats, murderous bounties, fatwas, protests and much else besides. Were the Brits being clueles

06 March, 2006

Manifesto: Together Facing The New Totalitarianism


After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new totalitarian global threat: Islamism.

16 August, 2004

What If The Satanic Verses Had Not Been Banned?

Mir Ali Raza

For one, Ayatollah Khomeini would probably never have seen a televised protest which prompted him to issue that infamous fatwa proscribing a book he had himself never read....

14 January, 2004

My Romance With Salman Rushdie

Namrata Sharma Zakaria

When Rushdie married his third wife, co-author of The Vintage Book of Indian Writing, Elizabeth West, I wore all black for an entire week. And now he was here once again.

16 May, 2002

Salman Rushdie At New York's 92nd Street Y

Vibhuti Patel

... wowed the audience with his dramatic reading, signing books and answering questions freely, personally, and iconoclastically.

27 November, 2001

Here Are The Muslim Feminist Voices, Mr. Rushdie!

Fawzia Afzal-Khan

The world should listen to the female voices allied with the "secularist-humanist principles" Rushdie seems to think don't exist in the Islamic world.

01 April, 2001

The Context Of Defining Characteristic

Henry T. Z. Hanfkopf

Neodeconstructivist rationalism in the works of Rushdie

Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

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Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

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A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

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Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

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