THE SATANIC VERSES

  • 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...
  • 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 24, 2012

    London: Describing not being able to visit India for over 12 years as a "long exile," controversial Indiaborn 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 USmade film that mocks the Prophet Mohammad, sparking protests across the Muslim world. Rushdie, an Indianborn British novelist who has nothing to do with the film, was condemned to death...
  • The Satanic Verses was not for mullahs: Rushdie June 4, 2012

    London: Over two decades after 'Satanic Verses' sparked a neverending 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 Indiaborn controversial writer who has lived for years under the shadow of...
  • 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. ...
  • IT Conclave: Salman Rushdie's session postponed March 16, 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 cricketerturnedpolitician 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 13, 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 Prizewinning 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...
  • Banning books is a sin: Chetan Bhagat January 29, 2012

    Kolkata: Opining that banning books is a sin, popular novelist Chetan Bhagat on Saturday said that the people should appreciate the diversity of opinion in our society. "Different people have different views. We must appreciate that. Nothing is absolute in this world," Bhagat said at the Kolkata Literary Meet. While talking...
  • Police stood by us on Rushdie: JLF Organiser January 29, 2012

    New Delhi: Jaipur literature Festival organiser Sanjoy Roy has claimed that JLF organisers chose to call off controversial author Salman Rushdie's video link even after the Rajasthan police promised protection. While speaking exclusively to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, he admitted that it was the festival organisers who decided to...
  • No police pressure on Rushdie: JLF organiser January 29, 2012

    New Delhi: Jaipur literature Festival organiser Sanjoy roy has claimed that JLF organisers chose to call off controversial author Salman Rushdie's video link even after the Rajasthan police promised protection. While speaking exclusively to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, he admitted that it was the festival organisers who decided to call...
  • Rushdie row: Religion misused, says Vikram Seth January 26, 2012

    Kolkata: Criticising the government for the controversy surrounding Salman Rushdie's visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival, novelist Vikram Seth on Thursday said the affair was whipped up because of "power", "politics" and "misuse of religion". "The whole affair was whipped up because of power and politics and because of the...
  • JLF: Did the Rajasthan govt fail to protect artistic freedom? January 25, 2012

    CNNIBN's Sagarika Ghose and writer Anurag Anand discuss the row over Salman Rushdie's video link cancellation. ...
  • Rushdie video row: Cong defends Rajasthan govt January 25, 2012

    New Delhi: While Bookerwinning author Salman Rushdie has refused to back down after being denied his live video link at the Jaipur Literature Festival, the Congress has come out in defence of the Rajasthan government. Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh tweeted, "We are a multireligious, multiethnic society. We can't allow...
  • Rushdie blames politics for his gagging at JLF January 25, 2012

    New Delhi: Gagged not once but twice from participating in the Jaipur Literature Festival, controversial author Salman Rushdie says he won't back down and will keep coming back to India. He also blamed the government for bowing to, who he called, religious gangsters. Rushdie said that he was 'shocked' and...
  • Congress defends Rajasthan on Rushdie fiasco January 25, 2012

    New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday sought to play down the decision of the partyled Rajasthan government against allowing Salman Rushdie to address the Jaipur Literature Festival via a video link and said the organisers had no other choice in view of protests at the venue. Party spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury said...
  • Convenient for Congress I didn't come: Rushdie January 25, 2012

    New Delhi: Salman Rushdie on Tuesday said that it was very convenient for everyone in the Congress that he did not come to India just before the Uttar Pradesh elections scheduled in FebruaryMarch. "I wasn't contacted by anyone in the government at the beginning. The Rajasthan authorities were saying to the...
  • Rushdie controversy about politics and not free speech? January 24, 2012

    Rushdie was given permission to address the Jaipur Lit fest through video link but was forced to cancel the appearance after protests. ...
  • Editor's take: The Rushdie video cancellation row January 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Booker winning author Salman Rushdie's video conference was cancelled amidst high drama and following protests by Muslim groups at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Tuesday. The cancellation raises questions on not just the state government, but also the organisers and the freedom of expression. IBN18 EditorinChief Rajdeep Sardesai's take...
  • JLF: Has the state of Rajasthan bowed down to protestors? January 24, 2012

    Lawyer Akhil Sibal, AIMPLB memberlawyer Zafaryab Jilani and social activist Shabnam Hashmi discuss the Salman Rushdie video conference row. ...
  • I'll keep coming to India, deal with it: Rushdie January 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Booker winning author Salman Rushdie on Tuesday made it clear that he will keep coming to India despite the events that unfolded in the recent past. In an interview with the television news channel NDTV, Rushdie said, "It's a personal disappointment, but I will keep coming back to...
  • Rushdie video cancellation not a big issue: Singhvi January 24, 2012

    Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said on Tuesday that the media was losing a sense of proportion and balance in the Salman Rushdie video conference issue. "We are losing a sense of proportion and balance in this issue. It is not such a great issue for us to exercise over minds...
  • JLF: Activist Kavita Srivastava slams Milli Council January 24, 2012

    Human rights activist Kavita Srivastava on Tuesday condemned the organisations which disrupted Salman Rushdie's video link that was supposed to take place at 3.45 PM. Slamming the Jaipurbased Milli Council, she said the threat to the author and the Lit Fest was very disturbing. ...
  • Freedom of speech needs a relook: Rahul Bose January 24, 2012

    In the ongoing Rushdie row at the Jaipur Literature Festival, actor Rahul Bose drew attention to the limitations in the Constitution concerning freedom of expression in the country. "We need to take a look at 'Freedom of Speech' under the Constitution of India. We need to campaign for change," he...
  • Rushdie is welcome to visit Delhi: Sheila Dikshit January 24, 2012

    Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said she did not want to get into a controversy and that Delhi welcomes everyone. ...