‘Barbaric, distressing’: Writers, activists condemn assault on Salman Rushdie

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Authors, writers and activists throughout the globe condemned the assault on Salman Rushdie at a lecture stage in New York Friday.

The Mumbai-born writer of the Booker Prize-winning novel ‘Midnight’s Children’ was stabbed by a person who stormed the stage throughout an occasion whereas he was on the brink of ship a lecture.

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Rushdie has confronted years of loss of life threats following the publication of his e book ‘The Satanic Verses’ that bumped into controversy within the Islamic international locations due to its alleged disdainful depiction of Prophet Muhammad.

Taking to Twitter, Indian author Amitav Ghosh mentioned he was “horrified” to be taught in regards to the assault, and wished Rushdie a speedy restoration.

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Bangladeshi-Swedish author Taslima Nasreen expressed her shock over the incident saying she “never thought such a thing would happen” and added that “if Salman Rushdie is attacked, anyone who is critical of Islam can be attacked.”

Poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar condemned the “barbaric attack” on Rushdie.

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Leading literary organisation PEN America expressed “shock and horror” on the “brutal, premeditated” assault on the novelist. “PEN America is reeling from shock and horror at word of a brutal, premeditated attack on our former President and stalwart ally, Salman Rushdie, who was reportedly stabbed multiple times while on stage speaking at the Chautauqua Institute in upstate New York,” PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel mentioned in an announcement.

English author Neil Gaiman in a tweet mentioned he was “distressed to see his buddy (Salman Rushdie) get attacked.

Iranian-American journalist, writer and girls’s rights activist Masih Alinejad condemned the assault, saying “You can kill us but you cannot kill the idea of writing & fighting for our dignity.”

Since the 1980s, Rushdie’s writing has led to loss of life threats from Iran, which has supplied a USD three million reward for anybody who kills him.

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Rushdie’s works embody Luka and the Fire of Life; Grimus; Midnight’s Children (for which he gained the Booker Prize and, later, the Best of the Booker); Shame; The Satanic Verses; Haroun and the Sea of Stories; The Moor’s Last Sigh; The Ground Beneath Her Feet; Fury; Shalimar the Clown amongst others.


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