How many years to fix mis­take, asks Rushdie

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

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