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Indian Origin Salman Rushdie embodies freedom, fight against obscurantism

News by NRI Herald, 14 August 2022

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The French president posted on Twitter to express his support for the British writer, who was attacked on Friday during a literary event in New York. "Rushdie's fight will be ours, a universal fight," he declared. We are closer to him than ever before.

French President Emmanuel Macron expressed solidarity with Salman Rushdie, who was admitted to a hospital after being attacked at a literary event held in New York.

For the past 33 years, Salman Rushdie has stood in for liberty as well as confronted ignorance. His battle will be ours, a widespread one. "We hold by his edge more than ever before today," he said on Twitter.


"Past 33 years, Salman Rushdie has stood for liberty and even the battle against obscurantism. He was the guilty party of a vicious assault by the powers of resentment and violence. His struggle is our struggle; it is ubiquitous. We are by his side more than ever these days."- French President Macron

All the while, the French parody journal Charlie Hebdo, with whom the 12 employees were shot to death in 2015 over comic strips of the Prophet Mohammed that several Muslims considered heretical, said on Saturday that none of it supported Rushdie's knife attack.


Rushdie, an outspoken supporter of free expression, had publicly defended the French weekly magazine ever since its staff was assassinated.


"Hardly anything validates a fatwa or the death penalty," Charlie Hebdo stated.

"Somewhere at the moment of writing, we do not know the assailant's motivating factors," it said, theorizing paradoxically if it was motivated by climate change, a drop in economic output, or a ban on soaking potted plants all through the existing warm spell.


Riss, the journal's managerial editor as well as a surviving member of the 2015 invasion, said Rushdie's aggressor was most likely a practicing Muslim as well as bashed the "small and relatively average at best divine heads who really are rationally zero as well as blissfully naive."


Rushdie's 1988 novel "The Satanic Verses" changed his existence forever once Iran's 1st presiding figurehead, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, published a fatwa, or religious court ruling, requesting his execution.

A few Muslims saw the narrative as demeaning to Islam as well as the Prophet Mohammed.

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