‘Rushdie Is Poor, Sub-Standard Writer’

New Delhi: A day after Salman Rushdie’s video conference at Jaipur Literature Festival was cancelled, Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju Wednesday said the author is a “poor” and “sub-standard writer” who would have remained largely unknown but for his controversial book “The Satanic Verses”.
”Salman Rushdie dominated the Jaipur Literature Festival. I do not wish to get into the controversy whether banning him was correct or not. I am raising a much more fundamental issue,” he said in a statement here, adding, “I have read some of Rushdie’s works and am of the opinion that he is a poor writer, and but for ‘Satanic Verses’ would have remained largely unknown. Even ‘Midnight’s Children’ is hardly great literature.”
”I am not in favour of religious obscurantism. But neither do I wish to elevate a sub-standard writer into a hero.”
Katju, a former judge of the Supreme Court, decried the admirers of the India-born author now based in Britain, saying they suffered from “colonial inferiority complex” that a writer living abroad has to be great.
”The whole problem with the so-called educated Indians of today is that they still suffer from the colonial inferiority complex. So whoever lives in London and New York must be a great writer, while writers living in India are inferior.”
-IANS



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