A British political writer illustrates the threat posed to a fundamental human right by religion, politics and cold hard cash.
Review of You Can’t Read This Book.
By Salil Tripathi Mint Magazine, India
At one point in this provocative polemic defending free speech, Nick Cohen asks: Given what we know today of what happened to authors, artists and writers after the Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini declared a fatwa on Salman Rushdie for writing The Satanic Verses, would a writer dare to imagine, to dream, and write a similar work that challenges religious beliefs? It is important to note that Cohen’s critique is not only of Islam. Like all champions of free speech, he is an equal opportunity offender, doling out criticism equally to Hindu nationalists driving Maqbool Fida Husain out of India (and scaring a London gallery which would not show his work), Christians complaining about shows on television, and orthodox Jews who’d like women to sit at the back of the bus.
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