“Islamic Seminary the Darul Uloom Deoband wants the government to cancel Rushdie’s visa for hurting the sentiments of Muslims in the past. Indian government should cancel his visa as Rushdie had annoyed the religious sentiments of Muslims in the past,” Maulana Abul Qasim Nomani, the Vice Chancellor of Darul Uloom, said in a release.
Sanjoy Roy, managing director of Teamworks Productions, which produces the Jaipur Literature Festival, said, “A literature platform like the Jaipur festival is a place for free speech in the best democratic traditions. Salman Rushdie has attended several literary events and forums in India in recent years without incident. This includes his attending the Commonwealth Writers Prize awards in 2000, and the Jaipur Literature Festival in 2007.”
“In plural societies such as ours, it is imperative that we continue to allow avenues for unfettered literary expression,” he added.
The writer is expected to take part in literary sessions on “Inglish, Amlish, Hinglish: The Chutneyfication of English” and “Shehar aur Sapna: The City as a Dream” at the 2012 Jaipur Literary Festival.
The Indian Government is made of rubber and therefore bends quite easily to such requests from the Mullahs. After all, it’s the ever increasing population of the Muslim Vote Bank that is crucial not the democratic principles of this great nation.
BTW Rushdie doesn’t need a visa to visit India….hahahahaha…
One question for the Mullahs – Have you read the Satanic Verses?
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om