Rushdie glad he wrote 'The Satanic Verses'
Indian origin British author Sir Salman Rushdie has defended his controversial book "the Satanic Verses". This title created a big uproar among muslims all over world and earned its author a death sentence. The book pits Good against Evil in a whimsical and fantastic tale and is the tale of two Indians. Muslims accused Rushdie of blasphemy--insulting their sacred religion.
The government of Iran offered a reward to anyone who killed Rushdie. Author had to live underground under 24 hour vigil of British security. Indian government respecting the sentiments of large number of Muslims banned the book before publication. World has changed a lot and we have witnessed new wave of radicalism but still even after twenty years after
the publication of the controversial book which almost cost him his life, author is not repentent about writing the book.
Sir Salman Rushdie has said he is glad that he wrote 'The Satanic Verses', the book that almost cost him his life. His comment came 20 years after the publication of the book, while he was filming an interview with television presenter Clive James.
He also slammed his own publisher Random House who had refused to publish the book in the US in August, calling it "censorship by fear".
According to Times Online, Rushdie describes himself in the interview as an atheist who finds dead religions "much more attractive", but has nothing against true believers until their faith spills over into the public sphere and becomes "my business".
The chat with Rushdie was part of a series of interviews with leading cultural figures.