Writer Salman Rushdie attacked with a knife during lecture in New York
Salman Rushdie’s controversial book ‘The Satanic Verses’ has been banned in Iran since 1988.
Rushdie’s writings received death threats from Iran in the 1980s
New York. Author Salman Rushdie was fatally attacked with knives during a lecture in West New York and was immediately hospitalized. He became a controversial author after Rushdie’s famous book The Satanic Verses was banned.
Let’s know some important timelines related to his life.
19 June 1947: Rushdie was born in Mumbai, India.
1981: His second novel Midnight’s Children won the Booker Prize.
1988 , The Satanic Verses was released, but was immediately banned in Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Africa and other countries. India also imposes restrictions on its imports.
1989 Iran issues a decree calling out Rushdie’s death for insulting Islam in The Satanic Verses. After which Rushdie went into oblivion.
1990 : Newsweek published Rushdie’s essay In Good Faith, in which he attempted to defend the novel.
1993 : He participated in the establishment of the International Writers’ Parliament with the aim of protecting writers and freedom of speech. It was dissolved in 2003.
1995: After six years under police protection and in safe homes, Rushdie made his first pre-announced public appearance in London after the fatwa was issued.
1999: Born in Mumbai, Rushdie was granted a visa by the Indian government to visit the country of his birth, which was opposed by Muslims.
2005 : Shalimar the Clown, published, with several story lines revolving around Indian-administered Kashmir.
2007 : He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to literature, particularly for promoting widespread protest among Muslims in Pakistan.
2008: Rushdie’s novel Midnight’s Children was named the “Booker of Bookers” after winning the public’s vote for best Booker-winning novel in the award’s 40 years.
January 2012: After protests by some Indian Muslim groups, Rushdie canceled plans to attend a literary festival in Jaipur, India.
2012 : Rushdie publishes Joseph Anton, a memoir that reveals his years of hiding.
2014: Rushdie won the annual Pen/Pinter Award for his support of freedom of speech, and the judges cite his generous support from other writers.
2015 : Released on Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty Eight Nights.
October 2015: Amid tight security at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Rushdie warned of new threats to freedom of expression in the West.
2016 Rushdie became a US citizen after living in New York for nearly 20 years.
2020 : Rushdie was short-listed for the Booker Prize for Quixote, a modernized version of Don Quixote, a Spanish epic written by Miguel de Cervantes.
2022: Rushdie was made a Companion of Honor in honor of the Queen’s annual birthday.
August 2022: Rushdie was attacked on stage at a literary event in Chautauqua, western New York state, and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
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First Published: 13 August 2022, 15:17 IST