Rushdie On The Run
Salman Rushdie is on the run again after a new threat by a Muslim group.
Indian-born British novelist Salman Rushdie, holidaying in India, has checked out of his Bombay hotel room, a hotel official said today after hardline Muslims threatened to “blacken” the author’s face.
Sounds ominous, but the threat is about as scary as a fraternity initiation ceremony.
His departure came after a local Muslim group offered a 100,000-rupee ($2710) award to anyone who would “blacken his face”. Blackening a person’s face with shoe polish or soot is considered a grave insult in India.
But I guess it is understandable that Rushdie would be somewhat frightened. Having a fatwa issued against you is liable to do that to a person.