I somehow missed this story until I saw a brief item in the my hometown paper.
From the NYT:
A visit by Salman Rushdie to India has prompted an organization of Islamic clerics to call for a boycott of products from the major conglomerate owned by the family that was his host, The Associated Press reported. Mr. Rushdie, right, a lightning rod for Muslim protests since he was accused of insulting Islam in his 1988 novel “The Satanic Verses,” arrived in Mumbai last week and left on Tuesday, curtailing his visit by two days when Muslim groups began protesting outside the beachfront house of the Godrej family, whose company, Godrej Industries Ltd., has interests in furniture, machine tools, food processing and chemicals. Maulana Sayyed Atarali, the president of the All India Ulema Association, a national organization of Islamic clerics, said, “Until there is an apology, we will boycott all their products.”
Anyone have any updates? As you may know, India was the first country in the world to ban 1988's "The Satanic Verses."
Meanwhile, Rushdie is giving a public lecture in Atlanta in February. From the AJC:
Salman Rushdie is making a rare public appearance at Emory University next month, the school announced Thursday.
Rushdie will give a lecture called "Autobiography and the Novel" Feb. 10 in Glenn Memorial Auditorium on the school's main campus near Decatur.
"The lecture will be an examination of how the lives of writers intertwine with their work, and in what ways, if at all, the life can be said to be the best explanation of that work," Rushdie said in a school-issued statement.
The event is open to the public. Tickets are $10 ($5 for Emory students) and can be purchased online at emory.edu/events.
Last spring Rushdie began a five-year writer-in-residence program at Emory, teaching classes, giving lectures and advising students. Last year's lecture was about Indian art.
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Earlier on SAJAforum:
- Rushdie awarded Knighthood (June 2007)