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Salman Rushdie Attacked: Hit '10-15 Times' in 20 Secs, Author on Ventilator; Likely to Lose Eye, Liver Damaged; Biden-Harris 'Appalled'

Salman Rushdie will likely lose one eye, the nerves in his arm were severed, and his liver was stabbed and damaged.

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Last Updated: August 13, 2022, 07:01 IST

New Delhi, India

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Salman Rushdie was on a ventilator, will likely lose one eye and his liver was “stabbed and damaged” following an attack on him on Friday, his agent said, noting that the “news is not good”. The Mumbai-born controversial author was on a ventilator and could not speak. “The news is not good. Salman will likely lose one eye, the nerves in his arm were severed and his liver was stabbed and damaged,” Wylie said Read More

Aug 13, 2022 22:35 IST

'You Are Next': Harry Potter Author JK Rowling Receives Death Threat Over Salman Rushdie Tweet

Author JK Rowling on Saturday said the police are investigating a potential death threat after a Twitter user hinted of a possible target on her in responses to her posts on the stabbing of novelist Salman Rushdie during a literary event in New York. Rushdie, who has long faced death threats for his fourth novel, “The Satanic Verses,” was stabbed in the neck and torso by Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old man from Fairview, New Jersey. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran’s first supreme leader had pronounced a fatwa, or religious edict, calling upon Muslims to kill the novelist and anyone involved in the book’s publication for blasphemy. READ MORE

Aug 13, 2022 20:15 IST

Salman Rushdie on Ventilator After New York Stabbing; Iran Media Praises Attacker | Top Updates

Author Salman Rushdie who was stabbed at a literary event in New York was on a ventilator and could lose an eye, his agent said on Saturday. The 75-year-old who won the Booker Prize for his novel “Midnight’s Children”, was stabbed by a man on stage on Friday and had to be airlifted to hospital for emergency surgery following the attack 33 years after an Iranian fatwa ordered his killing for his controversial novel “The Satanic Verses”. READ MORE

Aug 13, 2022 19:28 IST

Hezbollah Official Says Group Does Not Know Anything About Attack on Salman Rushdie

An official from Iran-backed Lebanese armed group Hezbollah told Reuters the group had no additional information on the stabbing attack against novelist Salman Rushdie. “We don’t know anything about this subject so we will not comment,” the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Aug 13, 2022 18:10 IST

Life is Now 'Relatively Normal': What Rushdie Told German Magazine Weeks Ahead Before Attack

In an interview conducted just weeks before he was stabbed and seriously wounded by an attacker in New York state, author Salman Rushdie said his life was now “relatively normal”, after having lived in hiding for years because of death threats. Rushdie talked in the interview with Germany’s Stern magazine about the threats he sees to US democracy. He also called himself an optimist, and noted that the fatwa, a religious edict issued in Iran in 1989 that called on Muslims around the world to kill him for blasphemy, was pronounced long ago.

Aug 13, 2022 17:12 IST

WATCH | Who is Hadi Matar, the Man Who Attacked Salman Rushdie in New York

Aug 13, 2022 16:23 IST

Rushdie Attack on 'Instigation' of Khomeini's Fatwa: Iran Opposition Group

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an opposition group outlawed in Iran, said that the attack on Salman Rushdie in New York had taken place at the “instigation” of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s fatwa over the author’s novel “The Satanic Verses” in 1989. “Ali Khamenei and other leaders of the clerical regime had always vowed to implement this anti-Islamic fatwa in the past 34 years,” it said in a statement. New York state police identified the suspected attacker as Hadi Matar, 24, adding the motive for the stabbing remains unclear. He was detained in the immediate aftermath.

Aug 13, 2022 15:32 IST

French Satirical Magazine Charlie Hebdo Slams Salman Rushdie Stabbing

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, whose 12 staff members were gunned down in 2015 over cartoons about Prophet Mohammed considered blasphemous by many Muslims, said nothing justified the stabbing of Salman Rushdie. The magazine’s managing editor, known as Riss and a survivor of the 2015 attack, said the Rushdie’s assailant was probably a practicising Muslim and slammed the “little and mediocre spiritual heads who are intellectually nil and culturally ignorant”.

Aug 13, 2022 13:48 IST

From Condemnation to Iran's 'Praise': How World Reacted to Attack on Salman Rushdie

The world reacted with shock and anger to the brutal stabbing attack on controversial author Salman Rushdie. Indian personalities, including Congress MP Shashi Tharoor to UK and French leaders joined their voice in condemnation against the incident, calling it an attack on free speech. Rushdie, whose book ‘Satanic Verses’ had led a fatwa being issued against him had led him to seclusion all these for about a decade. After the attack on him, Iranian conservative media hailed the series of events, calling Rushdie’s works depraved. READ MORE

Aug 13, 2022 13:43 IST

Rajiv Govt Decision to Ban Rushdie's Book Was Justified, Taken for Law & Order Reasons: Natwar Singh

K Natwar Singh, who was a Union minister in the Rajiv Gandhi government that banned Salman Rushdie’s controversial book “The Satanic Verses”, strongly defended the decision on Saturday asserting it was taken “purely” for law and order reasons. With focus back on Rushdie’s book in the wake of the attack on him in New York, Singh, who was the minister of state for external affairs when the book was banned in 1988, said he was part of the decision and had told the then prime minister the book could cause serious law and order problems as feelings were running very high. Singh (91) rejected as “rubbish” the charge by critics the Rajiv Gandhi government’s decision to ban the book was driven by appeasement towards Muslims. “I don’t think it (the decision to ban the book) was wrong because you see it had led to law and order problems, particularly in Kashmir. In other parts of India also there was disquiet,” Singh said.

Aug 13, 2022 13:01 IST

Praise, Worry in Iran After Rushdie Attack; Government Quiet

Iranians reacted with praise and worry Saturday over the attack on novelist Salman Rushdie, the target of a decades-old fatwa by the late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini calling for his death. It remains unclear why Rushdie’s attacker, identified by police as Hadi Mattar of Fairview, New Jersey, stabbed the author as he prepared to speak at an event Friday in western New York. Iran’s theocratic government and its state-run media have assigned no motive to the assault. But in Tehran, some willing to speak to The Associated Press offered praise for an attack targeting a writer they believe tarnished the Islamic faith with his 1988 book The Satanic Verses. In the streets of Irans capital, images of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini still peer down at passers-by.

Aug 13, 2022 12:55 IST

Sad Day, Worse if Creative Expression Can No Longer be Free: Shashi Tharoor

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Saturday said that he was “utterly horrified and shocked” by the stabbing incident of Salman Rushdie at an event in the US. Tharoor further said that it is “worse if creative expression can no longer be free and open”.

Aug 13, 2022 12:46 IST

Singer Javed Akhtar Condemns 'Barbaric Attack' on Salman Rushdie, Demands Strongest Action

Aug 13, 2022 12:38 IST

Horrified to Learn that Salman Rushdie has Been Attacked: Writer Amitav Ghosh

Aug 13, 2022 11:47 IST

Salman Rushdie on Ventilator After Stabbing

Salman Rushdie, who spent years in hiding after an Iranian fatwa ordered his killing, was on a ventilator and could lose an eye following a stabbing attack at a literary event in New York state Friday. The British author of “The Satanic Verses”, which sparked fury among some Muslims, had to be airlifted to hospital for emergency surgery following the attack. His agent said in a statement obtained by The New York Times that “the news is not good.” “Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged,” said agent Andrew Wylie, who added that Rushdie could not speak.

Aug 13, 2022 11:22 IST

How A 33-Yr-Old Fatwa Changed Salman Rushdie's Life

Thirty-three years after a fatwa was issued against him by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, sentencing him to death for his 1988 novel ‘The Satanic Verses’, Salman Rushdie was brutally attacked on Friday, with his spokesman saying the controversial author was on a ventilator, will likely lose one eye and his liver was “stabbed and damaged”. In the religious decree, Khomeini urged “Muslims of the world rapidly to execute the author and the publishers of the book” so that “no one will any longer dare to offend the sacred values of Islam.” READ MORE

Aug 13, 2022 10:54 IST

Suspect in Rushdie's Stabbing Showed Sympathy to Causes of Iran's Revolutionary Guards: Report

The 24-year-old man detained in connection with the stabbing of Mumbai-born controversial author Salman Rushdie was sympathetic to “Shia extremism” and the causes of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to a media report. Rushdie, who faced Islamist death threats for years after writing “The Satanic Verses”, was stabbed on stage on Friday while he was being introduced at the event of the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York. The New York State Police identified the suspect as Hadi Matar from Fairview, New Jersey while the motive behind the act is still unknown. The suspect ran up onto the stage prior to a speaking event at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua and attacked 75-year-old Rushdie.

Aug 13, 2022 10:30 IST

Appalled at Attack on Salman Rushdie: British PM Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson expressed his shock at author Salman Rushdie being stabbed by a man at an event in New York on Friday and condemned the attack on his freedom of expression. “Appalled that Sir Salman Rushdie has been stabbed while exercising a right we should never cease to defend,” Johnson said in a tweet. “Right now, my thoughts are with his loved ones. We are all hoping he is okay,” he said. Former chancellor and the contender to succeed Johnson as the new prime minister, Rishi Sunak, also took to Twitter to express his shock. “Shocked to hear of the attack on Salman Rushdie in New York. A champion of free speech and artistic freedom. He’s in our thoughts tonight,” Sunak said. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, the other finalist in the Conservative Party leadership election, said: “Disgraceful attack on Sir Salman Rushdie. People must be able to speak freely and freedom of speech must be defended.

Aug 13, 2022 10:11 IST

Timeline | Salman Rushdie in Dates

Here are key dates in the life of the British writer Salman Rushdie:

– June 19, 1947: He is born in Bombay, now Mumbai, in India.

– 1981: His second novel, “Midnight’s Children”, wins the Booker Prize. In 2008 it is named the “Booker of Bookers” after winning a public vote for the best Booker-winning novel in 40 years of the award.

– 1988: “The Satanic Verses” is released and swiftly banned in Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Africa and other countries. It is banned for import to India.

– 1989: Iran issues a fatwa, or religious decree, that calls for Rushdie to be killed for insulting Islam in “The Satanic Verses”.

– 2009: Iran says the fatwa is “still valid”.

– 2015: “Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights”, is released.

– 2016: Having lived in New York for around 20 years he becomes a US citizen.

– 2020: He is short listed for the Booker Prize for “Quichotte”, a modern version of the Cervantes classic.

Aug 13, 2022 09:51 IST

Salman Rushdie's Shoot to Fame and Eternal Controversies

Salman Rushdie was propelled into the spotlight with his second novel “Midnight’s Children” in 1981. The book won international praise and Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize for its portrayal of post-independence India. Apart from winning the Booker prize, Midnight’s Children was judged to be the best ever winner of the Booker prize in 2008. Midnight’s Children, is an autobiography that follows a magical child born at the stroke of midnight and narrates India’s history post its independence. Rushdie’s fourth novel “The Satanic Verses” was viewed as blasphemous by many Muslims, who saw the character of the novel as an insult to the Prophet Muhammad. There were protests around the world against Rushdie after the novel was published in 1988. READ MORE

Aug 13, 2022 09:43 IST

Hadi Matar, Who Stabbed Author Salman Rushdie, Had Passes to the Event, Cops Say

New York State Police Troop Commander Major Eugene J. Staniszewski identified author Salman Rushdie’s alleged attacker as 24-year-old New Jersey resident Hadi Matar. Matar is currently in police custody. Staniszewski pointed out that Matar was in possession of a pass to be on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution and to the lecture. The man is yet to be charged. News outlets reported that FBI agents were seen entering the address where Matar was residing.

in a statement to NYT. Rushdie, who faced Islamist death threats for years after writing “The Satanic Verses”, was stabbed by a 24-year-old New Jersey resident at an event in western New York State.

Following the attack just before 11:00 am local time Rushdie had been airlifted to the hospital where he needed emergency surgery, and his agent said in a statement that “the news is not good.”

“Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged,” said agent Andrew Wylie, who added that as of now Rushdie cannot speak.

New York state police identified the suspect involved in Friday morning’s attack as Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old from Fairfield, New Jersey. A probable motive remained unclear.

Police said Rushdie was stabbed in the neck as well as the abdomen. A number of people rushed to the stage and took the suspect to the ground, before a trooper present at the event arrested him.

A doctor in the audience administered medical care until emergency first responders arrived. An interviewer onstage, 73-year-old Ralph Henry Reese, suffered a facial injury but has been released from the hospital, police said.

The attack occurred at the Chautauqua Institution, which hosts arts programs in a tranquil lakeside community 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Buffalo city.

Carl LeVan, an American University politics professor attending the event, told AFP he saw the suspect run onto the stage where Rushdie was seated and “stabbed him repeatedly and viciously.”

LeVan, a Chautauqua regular, said the suspect “was trying to stab him as many times as possible before he was subdued,” adding that he believed the man “was trying to kill” Rushdie.

“There were gasps of horror and panic from the crowd,” the professor said.

LeVan said witnessing the event had left him “shaken,” adding he considered Chautauqua a safe place of creative freedom.

“To know that this happened here, and to see it — it was horrific,” he said. “What I saw today was the essence of intolerance.”

Another witness, John Stein, told ABC that the assailant “started stabbing on the right side of the head, of the neck. And there was blood… erupting.”

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