How many years to fix mistake, asks Rushdie
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Sunday appeared divided on senior leader P Chidambaram terming as wrong the decision of his party’s government to ban Salman Rushdie’s book Satanic Verses, a remark that also gave ammo to the BJP, which asked the main Opposition party to be a “little tolerant”.
Hours after Chidambaram’s comments, the author wondered how many years would it take to correct the “mistake”. “This admission just took 27 years. How many before the ‘mistake’ is corrected?” Rushdie tweeted, talking about the ban that is still in place. Chidambaram’s party colleague Manish Tewari agreed with the former finance minister. The time had come for the country to move beyond banning books and other creative material, he said.