Whither Moral Courage? By SALMAN RUSHDIE
"It’s a vexing time for those of us who believe in the right of artists, intellectuals and ordinary, affronted citizens to push boundaries and take risks and so, at times, to change the way we see the world. There’s nothing to be done but to go on restating the importance of this kind of courage, and to try to make sure that these oppressed individuals — Ai Weiwei, the members of Pussy Riot, Hamza Kashgari — are seen for what they are: men and women standing on the front line of liberty."
Ravi Patel, absolutely right. Rushdie has written articles in various international/Western publications attacking India and Hindus. And his criticism of Islamic fundamentalists and terrorists is always 'balanced' by some stupid, uncalled for, totally inaccurate comparison with so called "Hindu fundamentalists", thus creating an equal-equal relationship in the mind of the (naive, uninformed) reader.
Yes, that Rushdie BBC documentary on India to mark India's 40th anniversary of independence(1987), was simply awful. One was expecting a chronicle of India's achievements in those years, in industry, agriculture and science/technology, as well as the disappointment of not making more rapid progress in human development and other areas.
Instead, the whole feature was an attack on India, Hindus, Hindu communalism, and the plight of Moslems, Sikhs, Dalits and whatever minorities. Simply sickening.
@ Anwaarmia... yes I indeed am in a gutter. One created ( inexorably) in my once wonderful land by your ilk with a diseased and hypocritical mindset like yours!
@ Just Joe King... The reason I do not trust this man Rushdie is because the man has in the past been absolutely vicious to India and Hindus. A very good firend of my dad,a man who is an academic and a man of great integrity and repute has told me that this thing Salman had made a absolutely vicious anti-India and anti-Hindu documentary for British television. Everything in the kitchen sink was thrown in at India. The alleged persecution of Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Dalits, Tribals and what not, both by the Indian state and by the Hindu majority. Besides, he has also penned many articles for various newspapers attacking India. Perhaps you are not aware of his past.
"INDIA is in the throes of what Salman Rushdie rightly calls a “cultural emergency.” Writers and artists of all kinds are being harassed, sued and arrested for what they say or write or create. The government either stands by and does nothing to protect freedom of speech, or it actively abets its suppression." - Suketu Mehta.
>> Anwaar tends to conveniently ignore anything that makes him uncomfortable...
I do not throw Manusmriti in your face and consider such an impulse in you or in Ravi Patel to belong to the gutter where you two belong. There are plenty of things of common interest one can discuss.
@Ravi Patel: Sorry mate, I hadn't seen your comment #1.
I couldn't disagree with you more on the 'diseased vulture Rusdhie being kept out of india' remark.
Sir Rushdie is hardly a pamphleteer. He is a sophisticated man and is a genuine thinker.
And a fellow 'infidel'.
//Only ill-bred morons call me Anwaarmia//
Mia is a type of Pizza. Not very good either.
I can see why you are upset Anwaar!
@Ravi Patel: Well said! I couldn't agree with you more.
I am also not pro RSS but without being prejudiced or indulging in pre judging of any kind , I find the mainstream Islam of the Qura'an and the hadith collections very similiar to the manusmrti in it's present form. Actually it makes the manusmrti look good.
Anwaar tends to conveniently ignore anything that makes him uncomfortable and dismiss anyone with a contrary opinion as a fascist or a chauvinist.
And one more thing I may add. My biggest problem with the Sangh Parivar is that they want to Islamise the great and majestic religion of Hinduism. Nothing can be more ghastly for me than this noxious attempt at engineering my wonderful and faith!
Indians should protect their fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution before this bastard police state starts physical feeding intellectuals to deranged mobs just so that they are satiated.
Utter shame on all the politicians who couldn't protect the right to the freedom of speech and expression, but rather unleashed the mobs themselves. They should be banned from ever participating in politics.
>> So says this, our believer.
What an idiotic and hateful comment from this Hindu Taliban! And that too from the land of Gandhi!
oops! A blooper committed by your highness. The last para in my last post should have read "I am so convinced that the believer's brainless brawn will eventually be no match to the brain of the kafir"! My humble apoligies. A freudian slip indeed! See, this is wat happens when one interacts with the chosen ones. One at times gets infected with the virus. Mercifully, the almighty, the one so benevolent, has atleast granted us the un-chosen ones a self-correcting mechanism!
@ Anwaar " your post is about conditions in Muslim countries. That is not the topic of this discussion". So says this, our believer. Mr Anwaar, after your own posts on the subject, do you even realise the irony of your own comment? Surely not. Not a very intellegent way to duck the issue of savagery and barbarism of many in your believeing fraternity. The first thing I do every morning is to thank the almighty, the merciful and the benevolent, for giving those who despise us infidels and mean nothing but harm to us and constantly plot our destruction, all the brawn but no brains. I am so convinced that the kafir brains will evetually be not match for the believer's brainless brawn!
India: Republic of hate and nightmares.
An outbreak of cultural goondagiri parading as moral policing.
[[Footsteps of Fascism: Hindutva Goons attack Dalit College Teacher in Dhule]]
Fools were following the footsteps of fascism? They should have followed the footsteps of the Muslim students in Kerala who chopped off a professor's hand!!
[[Such a shameless lie could come from only the likes of people of the type and place exemplified by the commentator (the great Modiland).]]
Wow! That was easy. Gujarati equals liar.
Where are you from? The land that produces the Jagan Reddys and Ramalinga Rajus?
@RAMKI: What compels you to believe that the union or state governments will look into fulfilling the lower echelons of Maslow's hierarchy, once the "expendable" rights are given up? History shows otherwise. We will just end up giving everything away.
>> Your post is about conditions in Muslim countries. That is not the topic of this discussion
This from the moron who talked about alleged persecution of Buddhists by Hindus in Mani's article, and one who talks about Modi in virtually every article.
Your post is about conditions in Muslim countries. That is not the topic of this discussion. Please read Rushdie's article and if you have anything to say about it please share it with us. Have a nice day!
Mr Anwaar, I am so sorry. I really am sorry. I should not have called you mia. I can well understand this slight. Mia ia a term which, in many an ordinary mind, conjures up such terrible visions of terrorism, viloence, the underworld and much more.. So I have decided to honour you with a much more venerable and affable Guju term Bhai! Happy?. So Anwaarbhai, I hope you have read the rest of my post. And if so, you have not addressed the pierceing points I have raised. The hard, biting and barbarous reality that this infidel has raised and which afflicts so much of your world, I can well understand your pique. Have a lovely day!
>> "Anwaarmia..... "
Only ill-bred morons call me Anwaarmia.
TO ALL RUSHDIE/HUSSAIN/TASLIMA SUPPORTING, Card Carrying Left Liberals of India,
I would want to humbly point out that in a country like India - 120 crore people, 70% of them under 35, diverse in multidimensional ways (religion, region, history, geography, customs, caste, history, manners, etiquette, dressing ways, climate etc etc), with huge amount of population being severely deprived of basic necessities of life as in 2013 AD (piped water, toilet, clean food, school, healthcare , electricity, roads etc), the priority of the governments should be to remove this mass deprivation. Things like freedom to read offending books, watch offending paintings or view offending movies can wait, and governments with limited resources should first focus on solving basic problems. You would have heard of Maslov's hierarchy of needs for individual. The same applies to societies as well. india is pretty low in the pyramid and we need to get basics first and freedom to consume writings/paintings/movies that offend some sections of society, can wait some time. Please attempt to understand this (if you are really honest on India being a democracy) . The crippling power cuts/rolling blackouts in some Indian states and the acute drought affecting livelihood of farmers in some states are far, far more important topics of public concern than watching the movies of kamalhassan or reading the tales of Rushdie. That is, if you believe India is a deprived democracy and needs to deploy its scarce resources on pressing needs of the majority.
@ Anwaarmia..... this kafir suggests have a measure of modesty. Forget about the aberrational Kafir misdeeds that you are so obsessed with. Just see what is happening in your Islamic world. A daily routine of unabated slaughter and mayhem. On an average, almost 250 heretics and infidels halaled in one part or the other of the Islamic world. Slaughter on the streets and slaughter in the mosques and that too, the horrible deeds committed in the name of your religion of 'peace'. Thank God yours is a religion of peace? Just imagine what would have happened were it not one? As I am writing this, I can see graphics flashing on this Outlook site, " 30 killed in a Taliban attack on Paki check post". So now instead of complaining, just sit on your backside and be grateful that you and others of your ungrateful ilk live in kafir majority societies and our civilised ethos extends all the rights to your types that we infidels can have for ourselves. Not one less and often many more.
In most of the Islamic world, by law infidels are relegated to fith class status. One does not have to go far to see this. Just take a peep up north of kafir India as also to the east, at those two bastions of the sub-continental converts! You got it now? you better!
This is bound to happen when there is sudden rise of the middle class. Values are age old but they want to project as liberals. There is a clash and as the society matures and people have time and spare money the cultural side will start flourishing too. However, many artists, film makers, authors, poets will suffer in the meantime.
@ H.M. Siddhanti...... You ignoramus small little thing. You don't know anything. Just google and get your facts before posting your mendacity and making a complete ass of yourself. " such a shameless lie could come from only the likes of people of the type and place exemplified by the commentator ( the great Modiland) ", so says this uncle tom! A typical narrative ( related to anything about the great great state of Gujarat) of the prideless and shameless low-life and thieving diseased left/'liberal' 'secularists', pollutants, who infest the public life of India and beyond. Anyway, what else does one expect from Siddhanti, an unabashed votary of that intellectual fraud and a thug both in looks and in spirit, Jyotirmay Sharma. Whatever Rushdies may be or has done, atleast on one thing he surely has got it right, the creature lives by the book ( pun intended). He has had atleast his quota of four.
Now have your majesty made himself very clear Siddhanti? Goodh! Now you can go and scavange for your dollar in some seedy India-bashing academia or wherever!
Footsteps of Fascism: Hindutva Goons attack Dalit College Teacher in Dhule
Following swiftly on the heels of communal violence in Dhule in which six members of the minority community were killed, comes the news of physical assault on Prof. Pramod Bhumbe, a Dalit teacher at the BR Ambedkar Samaj Karya Mahavidyalay. Friends in Dhule and Jalgaon inform us that Prof. Bhumbe while teaching his students about Indian social reforms movement, discussed certain episodes from the Hindu epic Ramayana. This was videographed by a student on his cell phone and the video clip later circulated and handed over to VHP and Bajrang Dal goons. The clip was quickly construed as proof of Prof. Bhumbe’s insult to Hinduism.
Teaching social reform movements without reference to the stinging critique of caste oppression and its implication in religious sanction is difficult anywhere. In Maharashtra, however, it is impossible. The legacy of Jyotiba and Savitri Phule, and Ambedkar is a living, thriving one. It survives in the fiery songs of Sambhaji Bhagat; in the hundreds of book festivals and cultural groups that can be found in the smallest towns and hamlets of the state. It is this culture of resistance, which often takes the form of sarcasm, and even ridicule of the superstitions of caste religion and its assorted institutions that Hindutva resents so much.
While Muslims are always cast as the other, radical Dalit critique cannot be domesticated and absorbed into the Hindutva identity. The two incidents—of communal violence and the attack on Prof. Bhumbe – are not unrelated. They reflect the growing confidence of the Hindutva forces and the state support they enjoy, even under the rule of their political opponents. Neither the SP not the DM of Dhule have been suspended by the state government despite the clear indictment of the administration in the January anti-minority violence by civil society investigations. Can an administration, which was hand in glove with the storm troopers of VHP and Bajrang Dal in January, be expected to seriously pursue the case against Prof. Bhumbe’s attackers? We appeal to all progressive and democratic groups in Maharashtra to ensure the security and safety of Prof Bhumbe, as the police which led the mobs against a vulnerable minority can hardly be entrusted to do so.
Moreover, as fellow teachers, we expect the classroom to be a space of developing and nurturing social critique—precisely what Prof. Bhumbe was doing. We stand in solidarity with him and condemn the right wing vigilantism.
Manisha Sethi, Adil Mehdi, Ahmed Sohaib, Tanweer Fazal, Arshad Alam, Farah Farooqi, Azra Razack, Anwar Alam, Ghazi Shahnawaz, Ambarien al Qadar, Adnan Farooqi, Sucharita Sengupta, Manoj Jena, MS Bhatt and Nabanipa Bhattacharya.
Not material if Rushdie is an author one likes. If the movie has been certified, then an event to promote it can't be said to be inciting law and order problem. The organisors lacked guts, by whatever name called and flipped. Mamata herself kept her hands clean, by letting the decision flow from lower down. She claims she knows everything that is happening, so she must have known this too. And she is the home minister.
However, if Rushdie had guts, he should have landed in Kolkata anyway, created a ruckus. and see if he was hounded out in the next available flight, which would have been a slap in Mamata's face for her pure 'Vote Bank' politics
This is sheer hypocrisy by the media.
While most magazines publish ONLY opinions favourable to them, some like Outlook are quick to ban any opinions antagonistic to their own.
The people who SHOULD be complaining are people like us, who the media want to silence, and do so aggresively.
Who is the hypocritical media ( friends of Rushdie - 'the champion of the banned' ) to teach US, the REAL victims, about freedom of expression?
"....As a little boy, this creature's family decided to leave Kafir Hindu India for their Land Of The Pure Pakistan. ...." Ravi Patel Vadodara, India. Such a shameless lie could come from only the likes of people of the type and place exemplified by the commentator (the great Modiland). Rushdie's family never migrated to Pakistan, and Rushdie is also an OCI for this person's information (as well as whoever is stupid enough to believe in such a blatant lie)..
> "What is happening in India nowadays is an accumulating scandal and a growing disgrace to this great nation. The assaults upon the artistic and intellectual freedoms of, for example, Maqbool Fida Hussain, Rohinton Mistry, AK Ramanujan, James Laine, Deepa Mehta, Ashis Nandy, Kamal Haasan and others add up to what I have called a cultural Emergency and what Mr Hasan has called cultural terrorism."
Opposition to divergent views must be expressed in words. Demands for bans and unruly protests only set the clock back.
This diseased vulture Rushdie should be kept away from India. There is enough pollution in India. Why add more! As a little boy, this creature's family decided to leave Kafir Hindu India for their Land Of The Pure Pakistan. Then after a few years of bliss in the Islamic kingdom, these things decided to migrate to the hellhole of infidel England. The man Rushdie was all alnong calling himself a Pakistani till he realised that a Paki name tag invited nothing but contempt and derision and would not take him far. The opportiunist that the man is, he started calling himself an Indian. We all know what that change of stance did to his career. Up up and further up!
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