Salman Rushdie at the India Today Conclave at Delhi(2012)
Sir Salman Rushdie attended the India today conclave at Delhi and was a hit with all
Rushdie interacts at the India Today meet
Salman Rushdie was in New Delhi last month to take part in the conclave organized by India Today. Last time when Salman Rushdie was to attend the literary festival at Jaipur, the Government of India in league with the state government( Rajasthan) mad e a devious plan to keep Rushdie out of the conference by resorting to some mean tricks and outright lies. It was claimed that 2 hit men from Mumbai’s underworld were out to kill Rushdie. All this was hog wash, but it had its effect in keeping Rushdie out of The Jaipur literary fest.
This time however Rushdie was wiser and he landed with aplomb in Delhi. The well attended conclave had its fair share of controversy when the politician Imran Khan declined to share the stage with Rushdie, Obviously it was a ploy to gain cheap popularity as it is well known that Imran Khan is making comprises with the hard line Mullahs and the army to ride piggy bank on their bank to become the prime Minister of Pakistan.
The Rushdie interaction was a great success and I who sat through the entire telecast of the event was impressed by Rushdie’s logic and clear reasoning. His point regarding Islam is pertinent to mention here. Rushdie pointed out that the vast majority of Muslims are living under the fear of the gun and the mullah and as such not free souls. He also pointed out that the western Muslim women following Islam by wearing burka were doing a great harm to their sisters in Muslim countries who were being forced to wear the Burkha by hard liners,
Rushdie is a great writer and it was a pleasure to hear his views on a wide range of topics. His comment that what ever happens and however bad India becomes it will always be a better place than Pakistan was sweet listening to an Indian.
Rushdie is a Muslim and his family decided to stay back in India after 1947 resulting in his famous book Midnight Children. Rushdie has proved that the pen is mightier than the sword. Hats of to this great Indian British writer.