SALMAN RUSHDIE

  • Salman Rushdie attacks 'mangled' language of 'jihadi-cool' October 12, 2014

    London: Eminent British Indian author Salman Rushdie has attacked the "mangled" language of religion which is turning British Muslims towards extremism. "The language of religion has been horribly mangled in our time, by Christian extremists in America and by Hindu extremists in India but the overwhelming weight of the problem...
  • 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...
  • Top tweets from author Salman Rushdie's hilarious parody account, @RushdieExplains, on Twitter May 21, 2014

    Author Salman Rushdie's parody account on Twitter is the new favourite among Indian Twitter users. The handle @RushdieExplains mentions 'Parody account. Graciously blessed by Sir himself.' in the bio and carries an egg display picture. The account openly takes a dig at Salman Rushdie's affluent friends, the Indian General Elections,...
  • 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...
  • Freespirited discussions at controversyfree Jaipur Literature Festival January 22, 2014

    After being in the news for all the wrong reasons for two consecutive years, the Jaipur Literature Festival 2014 traversed geopolitical borders, overcame language barriers and discussed political, social and women's issues to exchange ideas without attracting any unwanted controversy. "It was truly a literary festival," said a journalist who has...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival begins today, to host over 240 authors January 17, 2014

    Jaipur: The annual Jaipur Literature festival begins on Friday amidst expectations of nearly 2 lakh visitors at the historic Diggi palace in the city. The gathering this time will see the likes of several Nobel prize winners, Booker prize winners. The big faces who will grace the occasion will be...
  • IAAC to honour Salman Rushdie, Mira Nair November 18, 2013

    New York: The IndoAmerican Arts Council (IAAC) will honour author Salman Rushdie, filmmaker Mira Nair and doctor Manjula Bansal for their contribution to the global artistic community, at an event here Nov 21. The gala night will be held at the Angel Orensanz Foundation of Contemporary Art here. Since 15 years, IAAC...
  • Dev Patel is as influential as Bobby Jindal, Salman Rushdie July 18, 2013

    New Delhi: British actor Dev Patel has been listed as one of the most influential global Indians by men's magazine GQ India along with Bobby Jindal and Salman Rushdie. The list, introduced in the July issue of the magazine, also features British Indian novelist Salman Rushdie, singer Jay Sean, steel tycoon...
  • Deepa Mehta to adapt novel 'Secret Daughter' into movie May 16, 2013

    Toronto: After adapting Salman Rushdie's 'Midnight's Children' for the big screen, IndoCanadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta is working on a script based on Shilpi Somaya Gowda's novel 'Secret Daughter' about how two families are bound by an adoption. Mehta is said to be busy penning the script for producers Jody Colero of...
  • Annapurna School of Film and Media joins global campus May 4, 2013

    Hyderabad: Annapurna International School of Film and Media (AISFM) Friday announced today that it represented Indian media industry in Ryerson University's Global City Project, a live TV show that was streamed online to film students around the world. Under the project by Toronto based university, schools produce a live television...
  • 'Midnight's Children' is a collaborative affair: Rushdie April 21, 2013

    Washington: Celebrated writer Salman Rushdie is all over the film version of his acclaimed novel 'Midnight's Children'. He has himself done the screenplay and also serves as the film's allknowing narrator. Yet he says it's IndoCanadian director Deepa Mehta's film. She 'absolutely' took over once the script was done, Rushdie told...
  • Al Qaeda issues advice magazine for terrorists March 2, 2013

    Riyadh: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the Islamist movement's most active branch, has released an English-language magazine advising would-be terrorists on how to torch parked cars and cause traffic accidents. The magazine, released on militant websites, also warns France to pull back from Mali and lists 11 public...
  • Footnotes from Jaipur Literature Fest February 14, 2013

    In 2012, going by the press coverage, the Jaipur Literature Festival had one guest who couldn't show up thanks to threats from fundamentalist Muslim groups, Salman Rushdie, and another guest, Oprah Winfrey, who did get there. This despite the very tangible presence of luminaries such as Michael Ondaatje, Richard Dawkins,...
  • Artists question curbing freedom of expression February 7, 2013

    We saw it in case of Kamal Haasan's 'Vishwaroopam', Salman Rushdie's visit to Kolkata and most recently, in the case of Kashmir's first all girls rock band and art exhibitions in Delhi and Bangalore; creative freedom seems to be at the receiving end of protests by fringe groups. Here's the...
  • The Last Word: Why is Indian society unable to stand up for freedom of expression? February 6, 2013

    The VHP's women wing on Wednesday continued to disrupt an exhibition at Delhi Art Gallery saying it portrayed women in a bad way. ...
  • Asking for Nandy's arrest was unnecessary: Tharoor February 3, 2013

    Karan Thapar: Hello and welcome to Devil's Advocate. Are we becoming an intolerant society and is the Indian state defensive freedom of speech weak and equivocal? Those are the two issues I should raise today with the Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor, speaking in his individual...
  • Rushdie's Kolkata visit: Dr Amartya Sen criticises protesters February 3, 2013

    Kolkata: Noted economist and Nobel laureate Dr Amartya Sen has criticised Muslim groups for raising a hue and cry over author Salman Rushdie's proposed visit to Kolkata for the Literary Meet. Dr Sen, who is attending the Literary Meet, said, "There are a lot of people who are enormously disadvantaged....
  • Shriya Saran: Working with Deepa Mehta was a life changing experience February 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Actress Shriya Saran, who features in Deepa Mehta's 'Midnight's Children', says she had a "brilliant" experience working with the Canadabased Indian filmmaker, who played a perfect guide to her. "Working with Deepa was a life changing experience. She is brilliant to work with. She is very driven and I...
  • People should stand up for a culture of free expression, tolerance: Tharoor February 3, 2013

    While speaking to Karan Thapar on this week's Devil's Advocate, Tharoor said that people are going out of their way to clamp down on cultural freedom in the name of religion....
  • TWTW: Cyrus Broacha takes on Salman Rushdie February 3, 2013

    Cyrus Broacha takes on Salman Rushdie for his comments on cultural terrorism in India. He also jokes about India's ace spinner Harbhajan Singh for foraying in to Punjabi films production. ...
  • Society is becoming a culture of intolerance: Tharoor February 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Union Minister Shashi Tharoor has expressed anger over the controversy about Kamal Haasan's 'Vishwaroopam', Salman Rushdie and Ashish Nandy. While speaking to Karan Thapar on this week's Devil's Advocate, Tharoor said that people are going out of their way to clamp down on cultural freedom in the name...
  • T20 fun, but Test ultimate yardstick of cricket skills: Ganguly February 2, 2013

    Kolkata: Twenty20 cricket is fun, popular and moneyspinning, but for former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, the fiveday Test format is the ultimate yardstick of a cricketer's skills. The dashing left hander, who retired from international cricket four years back and played his career's last Twenty20 game last year, feels ultimately...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Vishwaroop', 'David', 'Midnight's Children' February 2, 2013

    'Vishwaroop' is unabashedly entertaining although you'll wish it was smarter. The twists in 'Vishwaroop' work, and writerdirector Haasan shifts between the past and the present in surprising, sometimes spoofy, cuts. 'David' makes a subtle but welltaken point about the building communal and religious tension of its times. 'Midnight's Children' has an episodic...
  • Is creative freedom under serious threat in India? February 1, 2013

    It's a war of words between author Salman Rushdie and the West Bengal government. The author on Friday alleged that he was forced to cancel his trip to Kolkata after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ordered the police to block his arrival. ...
  • India @ 9 with Bhupendra Chaubey February 1, 2013

    The Cabinet, which met at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence on Friday to discuss recommendations given by the Justice Verma Committee, approved an ordinance on tackling sexual harassment against women. Death penalty or life imprisonment for convicts in extreme cases is included in the ordinance, according to sources. ...
  • Mamata blocks Rushdie's arrival in Kolkata, TMC defends her order February 1, 2013

    As West Bengal Chief Minister blocked author Salman Rushdie from entering Kolkata to promote Deepa Mehta's film 'Midnight's Children', Trinamool Party leaders have come out in her defence saying she did nothing wrong. "There is nothing shameful, I am congratulating the state government for taking the right decision," said Sultan...
  • Writers, film fraternity criticise Mamata govt over Rushdie February 1, 2013

    Kolkata: The literary and film community on February 1 came out in support of controversial author Salman Rushdie and blamed the West Bengal government for cancellation of his visit to the metropolis. "If a worldrenowned writer is unable to come to Kolkata, then it is extremely unfortunate," Magsaysay awardwinning author...
  • Notables not on Celebrity 100 February 1, 2013

    Javed Akhtar He was hailed in creative circles for his efforts in getting the Copyright Act amended in May 2012. He also penned the lyrics for 'Ekk Deewana Tha'. But he doesn't feature in the Celebrity 100 because there was no specific category for lyricists. Irrfan Khan Despite all the accolades he...
  • Mamata's decision of blocking Rushdie from Kolkata not surprising: Amit Chaudhuri February 1, 2013

    Salman Rushdie on Friday tweeted that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had ordered the police to block his arrival in the city for the Literary Meet. ...