In 2001, Salman Rushdie complained that there was too much security around him.
“There is more embarrassment than security,” Rushdie said at the Prague Writers’ Festival.
Chautauqua Institute defies basic security measures like bag checks and metal detectors
New York, Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed on stage at a literary event in New York, once complained about the heavy security around him. Mumbai-born Rushdie, the Mumbai-born writer of “The Satanic Verses”, who has been on death row for the past 30 years, was stabbed to death on stage by 24-year-old Hadi Matar in New Jersey on Friday. The attack occurred while Rushdie was being taken on stage at an event at the Chautauqua Institute in western New York State.
According to a report in news agency PTI, Rushdie was taken to a hospital in northwestern Pennsylvania near the venue. The 75-year-old writer underwent surgery. Whereas in 2001 Rushdie publicly complained that there was too much security around him. While attending the Prague Writers’ Festival, he told reporters that I actually feel a little embarrassed to be here with a huge security around me.
Rushdie said that ‘I thought it was really unnecessary and unnecessary and certainly not at my request. I had spent a lot of time like this before coming here and I really didn’t want to do it. So I was very surprised to come here. It seems that I am actually the cause of a very important security system. It felt like I went back in time many years ago.
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Rushdie was stabbed in the neck on stage at the Chautauqua Institute. The Chautauqua Institution is a non-profit organization located on Lake Chautauqua in southwestern New York State. After Friday’s attack, questions were raised about the lack of security arrangements at the institute. This place is about 110 km from New York. Located in a rural resort area by a lake to the south. According to sources, the organization’s leadership rejected the recommendations of several basic security measures, including bag checking and metal detectors. The organization feared that this would create a divide between the speakers and the audience. Sources said that the organization’s officials are also apprehensive that this will change the culture of the institute.
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First Published: 14 August 2022, 09:18 IST