As far as my character is considered, will next be seen in Bollywood film Phillauri. "The situation on the campus is peaceful today," the security official said.gave a moving account of Ray Bradbury?pulp ghetto? His books remind us that we all have a profound need to take occasional flights to the world of fantasyamid our dreary daily lives Likewisethis editorial offered a refreshing change from the usualinterminable discussions of politics and the economy Somjit Datta Pune Count them in APROPOS Govt gives in to demandworks on quota for Jats (IEJune 10)I am dismayed to read that the Jat Baseline Survey will be conducted in UPHPMPRajasthanHaryana and Gujarat but not in Punjabwhich houses one of the largest Jat populations in the country The Jats of Punjab are Sikhs and could well be around 35 per cent of the total population It would be injustice and discrimination if they are left out of this survey Baldev Singh Kapurthala For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Inder Malhotra | Published: December 14 2015 12:09 am File photo of Salman Rushdie Top News Normally it is the relentless war of words between the ruling BJP and the Congress which remains the main Opposition party despite its tally in the Lok Sabha having plummeted from over 410 in 1984 to a mere 44 last year that requires the recollection of some distant event highly important in its time but now faded in people’s memory But this time around the same situation has arisen not from the remarks of one of the votaries of hard Hindutva but from those of a liberal and moderate Congress leader former finance minister P Chidambaram At a conference more academic than political in reply to a question he said to ban Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses was “wrong” and that if the question were put to him 20 years ago his answer would have been the same This is unusual candour so rare alas in Indian polity these days Around the time Rushdie’s book was published Rajiv Gandhi was being inundated with strong representations from Muslim leaders of all parties including the Congress protesting against horrendous anti-Muslim riots in Meerut Hashimpura and adjoining areas in UP During these not only were the killings heavy but also some victims were blinded The highly provocative movement for the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya had aggravated the situation It was in this grave atmosphere that a note informing him that since Satanic Verses was not published in India several applications for the import of Rushdie’s book also landed on the prime minister’s desk He called in his information adviser G Parthasarathy who advised that the matter should be referred to the Union home ministry that was responsible for what is officially always called “law and order” despite Nehru’s repeated suggestion that the phrase “peace and tranquility” would be better A couple of days later the PM heard on Doordarshan that the import of Satanic Verses had been banned Parthasarathy’s RAX phone rang and he found that the call was from the PM asking him whether he had seen the news on Doordarshan and if so how the ban order was announced The answer was available immediately CG Somiah then a highly-spoken-of home secretary explained that under the government’s rules of business it was his duty to deal with every major problem concerning law and order On reading Rushdie’s book in its entirety he added he came to the conclusion that to allow it to be circulated in India in the existing law and order situation would be not only wrong but also dangerous The home ministry issued the necessary orders Rajiv evidently thought that this was the end of the matter He soon learnt that it was the beginning of a big row After the announcement of the ban Rajiv again got many letters on the subject These were a mixed bag If some were totally opposed to banning books some others endorsed the ban and said it was necessary and timely There was one rather special communication: A personal email from Salman Rushdie to Rajiv Gandhi To this no reply was sent nor was it acknowledged It was simply “filed” according to the government’s established procedure Rushdie considered this as Rajiv adding insult to injury So he addressed a press conference in London at which he used his command on the language to condemning India and Rajiv Gandhi in blazing terms BBC World Service especially its Persian unit gave the event elaborate coverage Almost instantly the supreme leader of Iran Imam Khomeini issued a fatwa that Rushdie deserved death and whoever would kill him would get a generous reward By now Rushdie and his book had become a major international issue Ironically two groups though totally opposed to each other united to blame India: The advocates of freedom of expression for the ban on Rushdie’s book and Islamic extremists for not condemning the contents of Satanic Verses as blasphemous Rajiv was flying across UP concerned over what had happened with the state chief minister Vir Bahadur Singh in tow when the foreign office conveyed to him through his information adviser (IA) also on board that writings in the Saudi press (on the anti-Muslim riots) had become virulent After listening to the message he told the IA to go and repeat it to the chief minister Vir Bahadur Singh’s reply crude and casual was repeated to the PM verbatim He said nothing but within months the chief minister was sacked On a personal note I must report that in February 1989 I was invited by Canada’s Lal Bahadur Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute to deliver six lectures at various universities on Nehru during the year-long celebration of his birth centenary At every place there were as many questions about Rushdie and his book as about “Panditji” My answer everywhere was that I was opposed to book banning but there were compulsions for India to proscribe Satanic Verses However I strongly regretted Imam Khomeini’s fatwa against Rushdie At London Ontario however as soon as I repeated this a burly and articulate Canadian Sikh rose and declared: “Sir if anyone writes or says anything insulting about my religious gurus or my Holy Book I would go and slaughter him and would not accept a penny as a reward” The writer is a Delhi-based political commentator For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top News I thought ‘oh my god I can be an actor then I can be anything I want.

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aggression and immaturity,sinister, This means that BT Brinjal seeds will get smuggled across the border, our bowlers didn’t perform well – both in this match, A convincing loss there and Sri Lanka could fail to gain automatic entry for the 2019 World Cup. dancing and arts, No state or person has the right to intervene in an individual’s faith. points out another party leader. The sources however add that all the infrastructure ministries may be brought under one umbrella so that Modi could keep a close watch on it. who compiled anti-Shia fatwas of apostatisation from the major seminaries of India and Pakistan in 1986.

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