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The Satanic Verses Effect

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When Rajiv Gandhi's government cravenly gave in to Khushwant Singh's advice and cynically banned Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, one of the (certainly unintended) consequences -- was that it ensured huge publicity and sale of the book that would otherwise never have been possible. 

Something like that is what a TV channel/anchor -- and presumably, their legal team -- seem to have managed to do by getting a blogger to not only withdraw a blog post [though it is still available in Google cache -- scroll down or just search for ‘Shoddy Journalism’ on your browser] but also issue an unconditional apology.

OK, it's not a great analogy -- there is no fatwa, no death-threat and, hell, no copies to sell either -- and, please, no, I do not think that Salman Rushdie should be thankful to the RG government either -- but you get the picture. 

This is about all I am capable of at this late hour in this sleep-deprived state, after a particularly tiring day.

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PS: 

1. Looking around, I see there is, understandably, a storm of outrage out there in the blogosphere.  A quick search shows that the bloggers seem to be concentrating on the broad point that the withdrawn blog entry was quoting some excerpts from Wikipedia but, as Prem Panicker poi

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When Rajiv Gandhi's government cravenly gave in to Khushwant Singh's advice and cynically banned Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, one of the (certainly unintended) consequences -- was that it ensured huge publicity and sale of the book that would otherwise never have been possible. 

Something like that is what a TV channel/anchor -- and presumably, their legal team -- seem to have managed to do by getting a blogger to not only withdraw a blog post [though it is still available in Google cache -- scroll down or just search for ‘Shoddy Journalism’ on your browser] but also issue an unconditional apology.

OK, it's not a great analogy -- there is no fatwa, no death-threat and, hell, no copies to sell either -- and, please, no, I do not think that Salman Rushdie should be thankful to the RG government either -- but you get the picture. 

This is about all I am capable of at this late hour in this sleep-deprived state, after a particularly tiring day.

--

PS: 

1. Looking around, I see there is, understandably, a storm of outrage out there in the blogosphere.  A quick search shows that the bloggers seem to be concentrating on the broad point that the withdrawn blog entry was quoting some excerpts from Wikipedia but, as Prem Panicker points out in a detailed post, that is no excuse, even though the whole episode does leave a bad taste in the mouth.

2. Here's someone who can see some humour in the grim issue: The Further Adventures of Hark! DaButt

3. The interesting thing is that until recently NDTV itself had an IANS story that quoted the blogger Chyetanya Kunte on their own website.

4. This seems to have become a never-ending saga.  They seem to have removed the story as it must have become the most visited link on the NDTV site recently. But the story, as was the case with the original blog post,  is very much available on Google cache

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