Well-known anti-Islam, Salman Rushdie, on Monday said that a harsher version of Islam was spreading with the help of Saudi Arabia's oil money. "What has developed now is a harsher Islam partly because of the spread of Wahhabi ideas
Religious activists in several countries across the world recently indulged in violence against a film depicting Prophet Muhammad in a negative light.
But, Rushdie said attacks against free speech in India too were worrying.
Rushdie has recently published his long awaited memoir 'Joseph Anton', based on his nine years of living under an Iranian religious decree (fatwa).
"All you have to do is look at the attacks on Ramanujam's essay on the 300 Ramayanas which was removed from the Delhi University syllabus, the attack on Rohinton Mistry's novel which was immediately removed from the Bombay University syllabus, and the attack on cartoonist Aseem Trivedi for his perfectly okay cartoons," he said.
According to the writer, Indian leaders were lampooned in cartoons after freedom but never attempted to suppress them.
Stating that Hindu intolerance was just as bad as Islamic intolerance, Rushdie wondered, "It is that majoritarian intolerance. For instance, M.F. Husain being attacked for painting Saraswati unclothed, well I haven't seen pictures of Saraswati clothed, where are they, who paints them?" asked Rushdie.
Iran has increased the bounty on the apostate writer Salman Rushdie’s head by $500,000 for insulting the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), a religious authority announced.
Caretaker of 15th of Khordad Foundation, Ayatollah Sheikh Hassan Sane’ei made the remarks in a statement issued on Saturday following worldwide protests against the production of a sacrilegious movie in the US, which insults Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), ISNA reported.
He added that the bounty, which was announced by late Imam Khomeini on the writer’s head, is now increased by $500,000 to $3,300,000.
The British Indian novelist and writer was sentenced to death by Imam Khomeini for insulting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in his fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, which was written in 1988 and sparked global protests by Muslims around the world.
Imam Khomeini issued a fatwa (religious edict) on 14 February 1989 calling for his death.
The caretaker of 15th of Khordad Foundation also said that these insulting acts against the Islamic sanctities would not be halted until the late Imam’s decree on apostate Salman Rushdie is carried out.
“The late Leader (of the Islamic Revolution) sought to root out these blasphemous plots hatched by the agents of the US and Zionist regime through announcing bounties, and now it’s the best time for fulfilling this job”, the statement added.