The attacker knelt on the neck during an interview in New York; Been in controversies about the novel. Arrived to deliver an address during an event in western New York, the attacker stabbed | NewsBust The attacker knelt on the neck during an interview in New York; Been in controversies about the novel. Arrived to deliver an address during an event in western New York, the attacker stabbed | NewsBust

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The attacker knelt on the neck during an interview in New York; Been in controversies about the novel. Arrived to deliver an address during an event in western New York, the attacker stabbed

By Shivani Kapoor - August 12, 2022

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Indian-origin British-American author Salman Rushdie has been murdered in western New York. According to the New York State Police, at 11 a.m. the attacker quickly ran onto the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and stabbed Salman Rushdie and the interviewer. The knife hit Rushdie on the neck and he fell on the stage. At the same time, the interviewer also suffered a minor injury on his head.

Rushdie is taken to the hospital by air ambulance. At present, no official information has been given regarding his condition. The attacker has been arrested by the police. His age is said to be around 25 years. The reason for the attack has not been revealed yet.

33 years ago the religious leader of Iran had issued a fatwa
Rushdie has been in controversy over his novel The Satanic Verses on Muslim traditions. In 1989, Iran’s religious leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against him. The attack is being linked to that. An Iranian diplomat said – we have nothing to do with this attack.

After the incident, blood splatters were seen on the sofa and the wall on the stage. During the event, a doctor present in the audience said that there were several wounds on Rushdie’s body, including one on the neck.

Accused of insulting the Prophet in the novel ‘Satanic Verses’
Rushdie was born on 19 June 1947 in Mumbai. 75-year-old Salman Rushdie made a worldwide recognition with his books. He was awarded the ‘Booker Prize’ in 1981 and ‘Best of the Bookers’ in 1983 for his second novel ‘Midnight’s Children’. Rushdie made his debut as a writer in 1975 with his first novel, Grimus.

Members of the medical team taking Rushdie to the hospital after he was injured.  New York Governor Cathy Hochul said Salman is alive and undergoing treatment.

Members of the medical team taking Rushdie to the hospital after he was injured. New York Governor Cathy Hochul said Salman is alive and undergoing treatment.

Rushdie gained recognition from his second novel, Midnight’s Children. He wrote several books, including The Jaguar Smile, The Moor’s Last Sai, The Ground Beneath Her Feet and Shalimar the Clown, but Rushdie was most in the news for his controversial book The Satanic Verses.

‘The Satanic Verses’ banned in many countries including India
‘The Satanic Verses’ is the fourth novel by Salman Rushdie. This novel is banned in India and many countries of the world. The novel was published in 1988, which caused much controversy. For this, Rushdie was accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad. The title of this book is about a disputed Muslim tradition. Rushdie wrote openly about this tradition in his book.

Rushdie wrote about a disputed Muslim tradition in his book.

Rushdie wrote about a disputed Muslim tradition in his book.

The novel also led to murders and assaults.
Hitoshi Igarashi, the Japanese translator of the novel The Satanic Verses, was assassinated, while an Italian translator and a Norwegian publisher were also attacked. Indian-origin female writer Zainab Priya was also attacked in South Africa for praising Rushdie. The attackers had placed a knife on Priya’s neck and hit her in the face with a brick.

In an interview last year, when Rushdie was asked how his life is going now, he said – let it go, I have to live my life.

The police arrested the attacker (in a T-shirt among police officers) shortly after the incident.

The police arrested the attacker (in a T-shirt among police officers) shortly after the incident.

Rushdie’s program was attended by 4,000 people
The hall where Rushdie had arrived for the lecture had an audience of about 4,000. Rushdie was under police protection for almost 10 years. In 1998, the then Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said – we no longer support the killing of Rushdie. However, the fatwa was still not withdrawn. Rushdie also wrote a memoir ‘Joseph Anton’ about this. Since then, Rushdie was living a relaxed life in New York. In 2019 he wrote his new novel Quihote.

Rushdie collapsed on the stage after the attack.  The people present in the program picked him up and sent him to the hospital.  About 4,000 people attended Salman Rushdie's program.

Rushdie collapsed on the stage after the attack. The people present in the program picked him up and sent him to the hospital. About 4,000 people attended Salman Rushdie’s program.

Rushdie has had four marriages
Rushdie has also been in discussion about romance. He has done 4 marriages till now and has fallen in love with the same number of women. He moved to Britain shortly after his birth. He studied primary at Rugby School in England. He later studied history at Cambridge University. Before becoming a litterateur, Rushdie also worked as a copywriter in ad agencies.​

Rushdie with ex-wife Padma Lakshmi.  Lakshmi has written openly about Rushdie in her memoir 'Love, Loss, and What We Eat'.

Rushdie with ex-wife Padma Lakshmi. Lakshmi has written openly about Rushdie in her memoir ‘Love, Loss, and What We Eat’.

Taslima Nasreen said – I am worried
Famous writer Taslima Nasreen said that I just learned that Salman Rushdie has been attacked in New York. I am really shocked. I never thought that would happen. If they are attacked, anyone who criticizes Islam can be attacked. I’m worried

Stephen King and Amitabh Ghosh expressed concern
American author Stephen King also gave his reaction. He wrote- I hope Salman Rushdie is fine. At the same time, Indian writer Amitabh Ghosh wrote – Salman Rushdie has been attacked at a speech program in New York. I am scared to hear this. I wish him a speedy recovery.

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Shivani Kapoor

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