Salman Rushdie is 'poor', 'sub-standard' writer: Markandey Katju

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  1. The Messiah

    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    Excellent analysis looking at the bigger picture :thumb:

    (Before anyone starts jumping up and down...remember he hasn't said to ban him. Look beyond politics.)
     
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    Rushide is very difficult to read since his allegories are flitting!

    However, Katju is hardly qualified to comment since one wonders if he is a man of letters. Anyone in the Judiciary is like a dried raisin as far as any 'softness' is to be found in the brain to understand art or literature!

    As it is, he has given many a foolish statements about the media and all that!

    Of course, he has never said that Rushdie should be banned. But a clever judge never gives a clear cut judgement. He hangs, but also gives the impression of being ever so benign and forced by the law!

    You can ban a book, but you cannot ban an author! Or ban a person!

    I am not jumping up and down, but I will also not Crawl to politics behind the game!
     
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    His statements about media is also spot on.

    He said media is interested in making money and real imp news is hardly given any airtime while bollywood, cricket and political nonsense takes the limelight.

    He knows much about literature aswell...he is learned.
     
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    But for the media we would have never learnt of the scams and corruption and people like Katju would also not bother.

    Why go far?

    Why have the Bhopal gas victims not got the due compensation that they would have got had it been in the US. Because of the 'historic' judgement of the then CJI and friends!

    Learned indeed!

    Katju is known to be a maverick in the Judicial circles!

    One would be stupid to believe commercial media is there to do social service and not make money, just as Katju pursuing a career as if pursuing a career is not about also ensuring a decent pay to nurture the home and hearth!
     
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    The whole issue is about Rushdie.

    Let us analyse him, his error and for how long we have to pander to the 'hurt sentiments'.

    Rushdie wrote a book, 'Satanic Verses'. It was banned even before anyone had read it in India! Fine. But that is the start of the politics and the standard practices to appease a vote bank!

    Very few have read the book in India because it is not available and also because, none cared about it!

    And yet, all are expert critics!

    Now, if it has hurt the sentiments of a segment of society, what should be the recourse? Fatwas or tirades? Fatwas are not legal, though because of appeasement politics it has become as legal as the real legality and law. To me, fatwas and whines should be dumped into the dustbin because they are bogus in a secular society, if indeed India is secular, beyond the cosmetic protestations of the political parties with an eye on the Votes!

    The only way to sort out a deviant is to take him to Court! Rushdie should have been taken to court and the case settled just as it was attempted for Hussein, who by fleeing and relinquishing his Indian nationality, willy nily proved himself guilty. He was not even ready to let the issue be settled by law and the courts!

    It is obvious that the Salman Rushdie affair is being kept hanging and not taken to court, because it is a convenient Sword of Damocles to be hung over th e Indian Union to be activated as and when the atmosphere is ripe and correct!

    Rushdie has come to India many a time, including an earlier Jaipur Literature Festival. No one bothered.

    How come now it is such a raging row?

    UP politics and the usual handmaidens of a party, the Darool and Owaissi has been activated!

    Was Rushdie here for Satanic Verse or for Midnights Children?

    And even his video conferencing was not allowed!

    Can a segment of India hold India to ransom?

    If that is permissible, then the Hindu right wing may think that it is fine to demolish everything Islamic because it was an insult to Hinduism?

    When will this lunacy stop?

    How is it that the Christians don't hold India to ransom, which they could have done since the book Da Vinci Code was not banned!

    That book is equally blasphemous!!
     
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    Dan Brown's book was just damned silly, as was the movie with Tom Hanks. Absolutely nothing of real theological significance.
     
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    Media should highlight other things also that affect poorer Indians living outside major cities. About conditions of farmers, state of our manufacturing industry, defense forces etc

    that is what he is saying.

    Im talking about learned in literature regarding katju and you have posted article about some other judge ragarding bhopal case. :tsk:
     
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    Rushdie was already famous for Midnight's children before he wrote the Satanic verses. There is undoubtedly a significant element of subjectivity when it comes to evaluating literature; but as far as criticism goes Katju's opinion of Midnight's children is embarrassingly dwarfed by the literary community itself (both critics and peers) all over the world.

    Nobody has ever said that authors of Indian descent are rated based on where they reside. That is complete nonsense. Authors who write in English tend to garner more fame simply because English is the dominant language on the planet. It just so happens that many successful Indian authors prefer to live abroad and/or in many cases have been educated abroad, but there are some who don't. Arvind Adiga and Arundhati Roy, both Booker winners reside in India. Likewise authors in India have never been considered inferior because they live in India or write in indigenous languages, that is an equally absurd notion. Every literature department worth it's salt in the West has representation of Indian literature. If anyone's espousing an inferiority complex here it is Katju himself.

    Rushdie is a blowhard, but he wasn't the one responsible for the Jaipur festival controversy, it was the idiotic leaders of a narrow minded religious seminary with a vast following of violence loving drones (most of whom probably can't even read a book let alone delve into magical realism).
     
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    And keep talking about rushdie when the purpose of the article was about deeper things ragarding literature. why Indian literature was not analyzed, why Indian poets of fame were not discussed.

    but no keep on talking about rushdie.

    govt didn't play ball so blame katju when he hasn't even said to ban him. he is just saying that focus shouldn't have been on him the first place but should be on Indian poets and literature. but no keep on talking about rushdie...keep on falling in trap laid by politicians rather than looking at deeper matters.
     
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    He is a good author. I like 'The Ground Beneath her feet'. And Midnights Children is a good read as well. Never managed to get a copy of Satanic Verses and was not that desperate to read it anyway.
     

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