India condemns attack on Salman Rushdie after 2 weeks

India has all the time stood towards violence and extremism, says Exterior Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi

India has all the time stood towards violence and extremism, says Exterior Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi

India condemned the August 12 attack on Indian-origin author Salman Rushdie, calling it “horrific” on August 25, 2022. The assertion by the Ministry of Exterior Affairs, which was the primary formal response by the federal government, got here practically two weeks after the stabbing of Mr. Rushdie at a public occasion in the US by a person who was arrested for the hate crime.

“”India has all the time stood towards violence and extremism. We condemn the horrific assault on Salman Rushdie and we want him a speedy restoration,” Exterior Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated at his weekly media briefing, in response to a query concerning the assault. Mr. Rushdie, who was stabbed repeatedly by a person recognized as Hadi Matar, who admitted to making an attempt to homicide him in response to Mr. Rushdie’s 1988 guide the Satanic Verses, towards which Iran’s former ‘Supreme Chief’ had issued a “fatwa” on the time.

Though condemnation of the assault on Mr. Rushdie had are available in from internationally instantly after the incident on the Chataqua Establishment in New York State, and several other heads of state together with UN Secretary Common Antonio Guterres, US President Joseph Biden, and leaders of the UK, France and different nations had issued sturdy assertion, New Delhi had noticeably made no remark to this point.

When requested at a convention in Bengaluru a couple of days after the assault, Exterior Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar stated that he had “additionally examine it”. “That is one thing that the entire world has observed and the entire world has reacted to such an assault,” Mr Jaishankar had added.

The federal government’s delayed response to the assault on Mr. Rushdie additionally got here in stark distinction to its earlier response to a collection of hate crimes on Indian-origin US residents in 2017, the place the federal government had raised the killings of Indian-People on the “highest ranges” within the US State Division.

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Mr. Rushdie, who was born in Mumbai, and is now a US citizen, obtained various awards, together with the Booker Prize in 1981, and the Booker of Bookers in 2008 for his guide on Indian independence known as “Midnight’s Youngsters”.

In line with his agent, Mr. Rushdie is on “the street to restoration”, however was coping with extreme accidents from ten stab wounds to his eye, neck, stomach and leg.

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