Google Inc., which is opposing censorship around the world, is funding discussions about dissent as celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and MTV founder Tom Freston attend Asia’s largest literary festival.
Charlie Rose on BTV- Tuesday, September 18, 2012 (Full Show For Mobile - Part 1) Author Salman Rushdie on his memoir "Joseph Anton" about his years following the fatwa issued by Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini, calling for his death as a result of his 1989 novel "Satanic Verses".
In 1984, criticizing George Orwell for having advocated political quietism to writers, Salman Rushdie asserted that “we are all irradiated by history, we are radioactive with history and politics.” He added: “Politics and literature… do mix, are inextricably mixed, and that… mixture has consequences.”
Novelist Salman Rushdie pulled out of India’s largest literature festival after receiving warnings that assassins were planning to kill him at the five-day event for writing a book that some Muslims condemn as blasphemous.
After Ayatollah Khomeini’s fatwa forced Salman Rushdie underground 23 years ago, his police protection team insisted on an alias. He chose Joseph Anton, uniting the first names of two favorite writers, Conrad and Chekhov.
Vikas Swarup, whose first book was adapted into the movie “Slumdog Millionaire”, and Faramerz Dabhoiwala, the author of an opus on the history of sex lured visitors to Asia’s largest literary festival as organizers avoided Salman Rushdie.