Rushdie stabbed: Kangana, Swara and Shabana condemn attack


British author Salman Rushdie, whose writings have made him the target of Iranian death threats, was repeatedly stabbed in the neck at a literary event in New York on Friday.

Rushdie was rushed by helicopter to a hospital and taken into surgery, his agent Andrew Wylie said in a statement. “Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged,” Wylie added while saying as of now, Rushdie cannot speak.

The attack at the public event has drawn harsh criticism from the literary world, politicians and celebrities alike. Several Bollywood stars on Saturday took to their social media handles to condemn the attack on the novelist.

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut shared picture of a news clipping on her instagram stories and said, “Another day another appaling act by Jihadis, The Satanic Verses is one of the greatest books of its time. I am shaken beyond words. Appalling.”

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Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar also condemned the ‘barbaric attack’ on Rushdie. “I condemn the barbaric attack on Salman Rushdie by some fanatic. I hope that NY police and the court will take the strongest action possible against the attacker,” Akhtar tweeted.

His wife, actress Shabana Azmi also condemned the attack saying, “The dastardly attack on #Salman Rushdie is contemptible and condemnable. Hope he recovers soon and the fanatic attacker is given the severest punishment for the heinous crime.”

Actress Swara Bhasker also shared her thoughts on the same in a tweet that read, “Thoughts and prayers for #SalmanRushdie Shameful, condemnable and dastardly this attack!”

Filmmaker Onir took to his Twitter handle to share his concerns about the ‘threat’ to artists. “Strongly condemn the terrorist attack on #SalmanRushdie. The artist and his voice is under serious threat by religious extremists world wide. Stand with #SalmanRushdie,” he wrote.

The director went on to add, “#SalmanRushdie is a reminder for all of us … about what is intolerance towards an artist. A disease that has been showing its ugly face of late way too often back home. Let’s not forget to condemn that as well.”

Meanwhile, the New York state police identified the suspect involved in the attack as Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old from Fairfield, New Jersey. A probable motive remained unclear.

Police said Rushdie was stabbed in the neck as well as the abdomen. A number of people rushed to the stage and took the suspect to the ground, before a trooper present at the event arrested him.

Carl LeVan, an American University politics professor attending the event, told AFP he saw the suspect run onto the stage where Rushdie was seated and “stabbed him repeatedly and viciously.”

LeVan, a Chautauqua regular, said the suspect “was trying to stab him as many times as possible before he was subdued,” adding that he believed the man “was trying to kill” Rushdie.

Rushdie, was propelled into the spotlight with his second novel ‘Midnight’s Children’ in 1981, which won international praise and Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize for its portrayal of post-independence India. But his 1988 book ‘The Satanic Verses’ brought attention beyond his imagination when it sparked a fatwa, or religious decree, calling for his death by Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

The novel was considered by some Muslims as disrespectful of the Prophet Mohammed.

Rushdie, who was born in India to non-practicing Muslims and today identifies as an atheist, was forced to go underground as a bounty was put on his head — which remains today.





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