Satanic Verses

  • Novelist Rushdie wins PEN/Pinter prize June 20, 2014

    Indianborn British author Salman Rushdie is the winner of this year's PEN/Pinter Prize in recognition of his support for freedom of speech and generous help to other writers, the prize judges said on Friday. The prize, awarded by the British branch of the worldwide writers' association, is named for the late...
  • Novelist Salman Rushdie wins PEN/Pinter prize June 20, 2014

    London: Indianborn British author Salman Rushdie is the winner of this year's PEN/Pinter Prize in recognition of his support for freedom of speech and generous help to other writers, the prize judges said on Friday. The prize, awarded by the British branch of the worldwide writers' association, is named for the...
  • Prince Charles did not support Rushdie over The Satanic Verses April 15, 2014

    Britain's Prince Charles turned his back on author Salman Rushdie during the fatwa over publication of 'The Satanic Verses' as he believed the book was offensive to Muslims, a novelist has revealed. In an interview with Vanity Fair, author Martin Amis has claimed that the Prince’s views caused a row at...
  • Won't be bullied by terror any kind: Jaipur Lit Fest organiser January 24, 2013

    Jaipur: The Jaipur Literature festival began on Thursday under heavy security with Pakistani authors attending the programme as scheduled. Controversy surrounded the festival again this year with the Bharatiya Janata Party's youth-wing protesting against the participation of Pakistani authors following tension at the Line of Control. However, organisers say there...
  • Controversies at Jaipur Literature Festival this year January 22, 2013

    Jaipur Literature Festival kicks off this week but not without controversy. A group of Islamic clerics has protested the presence of any of the authors who read from the 'Satanic Verses' last year, while the RSS and BJP are reportedly asking for Pakistani participants to be kept out. ...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival: Organisers dismiss threats January 21, 2013

    Jaipur: Jaipur literature festival, which is set of kick off this week, has been marred by controversy with a group of Islamic clerics protesting the presence of authors who read from Salman Rushdie's banned book 'The Satanic Verses' in the 2012 edition of the festival. The clerics have said they...
  • No change in Jaipur Literature Festival's schedule: Sanjoy Roy January 21, 2013

    Sources in the Rajasthan Police said that members of the BJP and the RSS in the state were opposing the participation in the event by seven Pakistani authors. ...
  • Won't get bullied by fringe elements: Sanjoy Roy January 21, 2013

    Jaipur: Amidst reports of threat to the Jaipur Literature Festival by Islamist groups and reportedly by members of the BJP and the RSS, the organiser of the event, Sanjoy Roy has said that the event will be held as per the schedule. "Well I have just heard of these threats from...
  • Jaipur Lit Fest: After Islamist groups, event faces threat from RSS, BJP January 21, 2013

    Jaipur: After a few Islamist groups threatened the organisers of Jaipur Literature Festival against allowing the four authors who had read out passages from Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses at the event in 2012, sources in the Rajasthan police said that members of the BJP and the RSS in the...
  • Jaipur Lit Fest: Islamist groups seek ban on 4 authors January 21, 2013

    Jaipur: A statement warning the organisers of the Jaipur Literature Festival against allowing authors who had read out passages from Salman Rushdie's 'Satanic Verses' at the event last year was issued by Islamist groups on Sunday. The statement was issued at a conference in Jaipur. It seeks a ban on the...
  • Being denied India visa was a deep wound: Rushdie September 25, 2012

    London: Describing not being able to visit India for over 12 years as a "long exile," controversial India-born writer Salman Rushdie says that being denied a visa and Indian embassies abroad keeping away from him was a "deep wound" inflicted on him by India. Rushdie's 1988...
  • Iranian foundation ups price on Rushdie's head September 16, 2012

    Dubai: An Iranian religious foundation has increased its reward for the killing of British author Salman Rushdie, in response to a US-made film that mocks the Prophet Mohammad, sparking protests across the Muslim world. Rushdie, an Indian-born British novelist who has nothing to do with the film, was condemned to death...
  • 'India banned 'Satanic Verses' without scrutiny' September 12, 2012

    London: Salman Rushdie's book 'The Satanic Verses' was banned by India four months before Iran's supreme leader late Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa for his killing without any proper examination or a judicial process, writes the controversial author in his memoirs. "The Satanic Verses was denied the ordinary life of...
  • The Satanic Verses was not for mullahs: Rushdie June 4, 2012

    London: Over two decades after 'Satanic Verses' sparked a never-ending controversy and provoked a 'fatwa' for his head, author Salman Rushdie has only one thing to say to his detractors: 'I did not write it for the mullahs'. The India-born controversial writer who has lived for years under the shadow of...
  • Muslims in India are being misled: Salman Rushdie March 19, 2012

    New Delhi: Acclaimed writer Salman Rushdie, author of the controversial 'The Satanic Verses' as also bestsellers like 'Midnight's Children' and 'Shame', on Saturday denounced "disgraceful vote bank politics" being practised in the country and said "95 per cent of Muslims in India are not interested in violence being done in...
  • We don't need any certificate from Rushdie: BJP March 18, 2012

    BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said has criticised Salman Rushdie for making comments on the Indian political situation. ...
  • Salman Rushdie blames Congress for Jaipur fiasco March 28, 2012

    New Delhi: Controversial author Salman Rushdie on Saturday targetted the Congress party, particularly Rahul Gandhi at the India Today Conclave, saying his presence was blocked in the Jaipur Literature Festival due to "useless electoral calculations". He suggested that this "led to the debacle" of Congress in Uttar Pradesh. Rushdie said "Deobandi...
  • IT Conclave: Salman Rushdie's session postponed March 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Author Salman Rushdie's literary session at the India Today Conclave has been postponed by a day to Saturday following a sudden change in schedule, the organisers said. The organisers refused to cite any specific reason for the change and said the session would be open for select invitees only. Tight...
  • Imran Khan cancels India trip over Salman Rushdie March 14, 2012

    New Delhi: Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has reportedly cancelled a visit to India after it emerged that author Salman Rushdie would be speaking at the same conference. The Express Tribune reported that Imran Khan refused to attend the India Today conclave in New Delhi if Salman Rushdie was also going...
  • Rushdie to return to India after death threats March 14, 2012

    New Delhi: Salman Rushdie will return to India this week to speak at a conference, under two months after death threats forced the Booker Prize-winning author to pull out of Asia's biggest literary festival, the event organiser said on Tuesday. Rushdie's attempt to visit India in January brought protests from some...
  • Rushdie unrepentant for writing Satanic Verses October 1, 2008

    London: Novelist Salman Rushdie says that he doesn’t regret writing The Satanic Verses, the book that almost cost him his life. His comment came 20 years after the publication of the book, while he was filming an interview with television presenter Clive James. He also slammed his own publisher Random...
  • Rushdie's ex-bodyguard says 'sorry' for libelling him August 27, 2008

    London: A former policeman, who guarded Salman Rushdie during the "Satanic Verses" controversy 20 years ago, on Tuesday apologized to the author for libelling him in a planned book. Rushdie, who did not seek damages, said after a court hearing: "This has been an unattractive affair. My only interest was...
  • Rushdie only pretended to embrace Islam 18 years ago April 7, 2008

    New Delhi: Author Salman Rushdie has said that he pretended to embrace Islam 18 years ago in the hope that it would reduce the threat to his life. In an interview on a TV programme Shrink Rap, Rushdie claimed his reversion to the religion of his birth was all a "pretence"....
  • Rushdie's Satanic Verses adapted on stage March 31, 2008

    New Delhi: After the controversial film Fitna by a Dutch lawmaker was posted on the Internet, it's time for another controversial piece of work — this time on the stage. Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses is being adapted for the first time on theatre by a group of German artists. The...
  • Rushdie supports controversial film Fitna March 29, 2008

    New York: A controversial film by a right-wing Dutch MP equating Islam with violence posted on the Internet, has been banned from screening in public, but Muslims across the world are up in arms. The controversial film by Dutch MP Geert Wilders is now there for the world to see on...
  • Muslims want an apology from Parmeshwar Godrej January 18, 2008

    New Delhi: The All India Ulema Association is demanding an apology from socialite Parmeshwar Godrej for having invited writer Salman Rushdie to Mumbai. The controversial author had stayed at Godrej's residence. Mumbai had witnessed protests against his visit. The Ulema Association said it will urge Muslims to boycott Godrej products...
  • Godrej hosts Rushdie, Muslim calls for boycott January 17, 2008

    New Delhi: First, Muslim hardliners turned the heat on controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen. So much so that she had to run for her life from Kolkata. And now, it is the turn of celebrated writer Salman Rushdie to face their wrath. Rushdie is in Mumbai on the invitation of socialite and...
  • Rushdie's latest: A blend of Florence and Mughals January 14, 2008

    New York: Salman Rushdie's new novel The Enchantress of Florence will be published in June, Random House has announced. A historical novel set in Renaissance Florence and the court of the Mughal Empire, the novel follows the tale of a woman trying to command her own destiny in...
  • After Taslima, Muslims target Rushdie in Mumbai January 14, 2008

    New Delhi: Author Salman Rushdie is in Mumbai and Samajwadi Party workers staged a protest in the city's Juhu area on Sunday evening demanding that Rushdie be asked to leave the city. They raised slogans against Rushdie and burt an effigy of his. Protestors led by Samajwadi Party Mumbai unit...
  • J&K clerics call for Rushdie boycott June 22, 2007

    Srinagar: In Kashmir, Muslim leaders are not happy with the knighthood awarded to author Salman Rushdie and are calling for a boycott of all his books, among other things. "I have issued fatwa for his execution. Kashmiri booksellers should remove all the author's books from their shops and I appeal to...