'Bar on Rushdie barbaric, free the written word'

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'Bar on Rushdie barbaric, free the written word'

KOLKATA: From one literature meet in solidarity with another, it was a suitable response.

Vikram Seth, author of 'A Suitable Boy', marked the inaugural session of the Kolkata Literary Meet on Republic Day with a stinging critique of the politics that shut fellow novelist Salman Rushdie out of the Jaipur Literature Festival a week ago. As a packed auditorium nodded and clapped in approval, a manifestation of a collective resentment against what an angry Seth described as a "grotesque and barbaric act" and "a denial of liberty of thought, expression and belief", the newborn lit meet gave the booklovers' city a long-deserved gift - a stage for the meeting of minds.

"Sixty-three years ago,when the country's Constitution was adopted, it was decided that India would be a republic where freedom of speech and expression would be upheld. But just two days before another momentous Republic Day, a celebrated writer was not only denied permission to be physically present at a literary meet but wasn't even allowed to address the audience via long-distance conference," was how Seth began his critique at the lit meet, which is being held at the Kolkata Book Fair.

He questioned whether India was ruled by the Constitution or by a dictator. "We will not let our republic be hijacked by fear. This happened once during the Emergency.

We should not let this happen again. Let the writers of the country unite and free the written word," he added.

'Bar on Rushdie barbaric, free the written word' - The Times of India
I will be frank, I bought his Midnight Children and I got so confused with the first few pages that the book remains unread and new.

I have never wasted any more money on him.

However, is it right to ban a writer?

Ban a book, if that upsets people, but ban a writer?

To look at the usual arguments that will be pandered.

Hussein's painting was not liked by some.

But who banned him?

None.

He quit India because he did not want to face the court cases!
 

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Welcome to India's secularism(????) and right to freedom of expression.
 

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These liberals cannot think beyond their noses

Our laws are clear

NO author no painter howsoever high and mighty they may be can be allowed to publish ,paint or print some thing
which is derogatory to religion

This Rushdie will come and go but then it will be a free for all

There will be n number of books cartoons articles paintings ridiculing various religions

And then there will be violence

So it means that publicity hungry people like Rushdie get Z category protection for 3-4 days and then
common people should suffer indefinitely
 
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These liberals cannot think beyond their noses

Our laws are clear

NO author no painter howsoever high and mighty they may be can be allowed to publish or print some thing
which is derogatory to religion

This Rushdie will come and go but then it will be a free for all

There will be n number of books cartoons articles paintings ridiculing various religions

And then there will be violence

So it means that publicity hungry people like Rushdie get Z category protection for 3-4 days and then
common people should suffer indefinitely
Then why was our sicular media moaning after the death of MF Hussain?
 

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Then why was our sicular media moaning after the death of MF Hussain?
GOOD question .

Sickular media wants complete freedom for everybody including Rushdie and Hussain

And They expect people to " not to resort to violence "

Sorry the real world does not work like that

The banishing of both Rushdie and Hussain are perfectly all right

It is necessary to be practical in such religious matters and not go by just cliches such as
freedom of expression

If some body has the right to OFFEND then others have the right to HIT back
 

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GOOD question .

Sickular media wants complete freedom for everybody including Rushdie and Hussain

And They expect people to " not to resort to violence "

Sorry the real world does not work like that

The banishing of both Rushdie and Hussain are perfectly all right

It is necessary to be practical in such religious matters and not go by just cliches such as
freedom of expression

If some body has the right to OFFEND then others have the right to HIT back
you are now offending my beliefs of Freedom of speech and expression, so can i hit you now? Why dont you people invent a time machine and go back to the 7th century CE where you belong?

If you dont like what i write, dont read it, who the fuc* are you(all those medieval , religious pigs and morons) to say i cant write what i want?
 

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Blasphemers must understand the consequences of their actions and not expect protection on the basis of free speech. I look forward to the time when Free Will Baptists start beheading people. :-D
 

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Blasphemers must understand the consequences of their actions and not expect protection on the basis of free speech. I look forward to the time when Free Will Baptists start beheading people. :-D
Are you being sarcastic sir...???? If yes then hundred likes:hail::hail:
 

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If hindus can demand ban on M.F. Hussain then muslims have right to demand ban rashdie..
 

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If hindus can demand ban on M.F. Hussain then muslims have right to demand ban rashdie..
Both are Morons. we should neither have banned M.F.Hussain, nor Rushdie.... What they create is their right and if someone dont like it, then he/she can keep their bum shut and not read it( or see it)....
 

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If hindus can demand ban on M.F. Hussain then muslims have right to demand ban rashdie..
Demanding ban and enforcing by blackmail are two different things.

Hindus can demand anything, but the Govt decides. There was no ban, he was given protection to live normally nor was MF not allowed to live in India. He left on his own accord because he did not want to face the Courts.

Rushdie was not allowed into the country nor allowed even video conferencing. The Govt chickened out! His book was banned, while MF's paintings were not!
 

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Hey dont offend the sensibilities of Muslims. Its wrong in a "secular"( :rofl: ) "free"( :rofl: ) country called India ( :pound: ). Dont mention the IM or SIMI as they offend the sensibilities. And ban everythin as per Islamic law since this is a secular country( :rofl: ).

See how the above para sounds thats exactly what is happening in India right now. Of course our (pseudo)Secularists ( :rofl: :rofl: ) will have something else to say
 

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Demanding ban and enforcing by blackmail are two different things.

Hindus can demand anything, but the Govt decides. There was no ban, he was given protection to live normally nor was MF not allowed to live in India. He left on his own accord because he did not want to face the Courts.

Rushdie was not allowed into the country nor allowed even video conferencing. The Govt chickened out! His book was banned, while MF's paintings were not!
True when India is called psuedo-secular, an object by a person offending a particular faith, and he is left free and his objects free for sale. Now another person does the same thing, and neither he nor his object isn't allowed in the country.


Must be good for these guys
British Islamist Anjem Choudary Launches 'Shariah for India,' Vows to Demolish Hindu Temples and Bollywood; Muslims Urged to Join In New Delhi March Next Month Marking 88th Anniversary of the End of Islamic Caliphate

Nice to see India isd heading towards a good direction
 

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True when India is called psuedo-secular, an object by a person offending a particular faith, and he is left free and his objects free for sale. Now another person does the same thing, and neither he nor his object isn't allowed in the country.


Must be good for these guys
British Islamist Anjem Choudary Launches 'Shariah for India,' Vows to Demolish Hindu Temples and Bollywood; Muslims Urged to Join In New Delhi March Next Month Marking 88th Anniversary of the End of Islamic Caliphate

Nice to see India isd heading towards a good direction
and where are these seculars(pseudo) now. Bet they are hiding somewhere in the caves.
 

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Probably waiting for Modi or BJP and their heads.
This is also an evil Hindu conspiracy!! The evil, barbaric Hindus and their Nazi-loving Buddhist sidekicks are behind this to defame innocent secularists! I know it.
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:rotfl:

Secularists are so predictable; wherever they scamper through, they leave a trail of hypocrisy and a stench of cowardice. :D
 

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Its OK for secularists if MF Hussain draws Hindu gods in unmentionable positions but its not OK for Salman Rushdie writes a book Satanic Verses.

Are the secularists hypocrites or closet communalists or plain anti-Hindus??.

Everyday they get keep exposed but they always get the cover behind the paid Media and pseudo-secular parties.
 

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