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Godrej hosts Salman Rushdie, angers Muslims [INDIA]
The Times of India ^ | 17 Jan 2008, 1533 hrs IST | The Times of India / Reuers

Posted on 01/17/2008 4:41:40 AM PST by CarrotAndStick

MUMBAI: An Islamic group in India is asking Muslims to boycott products of a top Indian business group if its owner does not apologise for hosting author Salman Rushdie on a brief holiday this week.

Rushdie stayed at the bungalow of the Godrej family while visiting Mumbai, where he was born and spent many of his early years. The author is a personal friend of the Godrejs, who are one of the big business families in India.

The fact that Rushdie was invited by the Godrejs has angered the All-India Ulema Council - a national grouping of Muslim organisations - which says the family had not cared for the sentiments of Muslims whom Rushdie had offended with his writings.

"We really hope Mr Godrej realises the hurt he has caused us and says sorry for it," Maulana Mehmood Daryabadi, a council official, said. "Otherwise, we are asking Muslims all over to boycott his company's products."

The Godrejs were not available for comment.

The late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran's supreme religious leader, pronounced a fatwa on the author of Satanic Verses among others, in 1989 that called on Muslims to kill Rushdie because of perceived blasphemy in that novel. Rushdie was forced to live in hiding for nine years. In June, he was selected for a knighthood by Britain's Queen Elizabeth, again angering some Muslims in Iran and Pakistan.

Recently, the presence of another controversial writer, exiled Bangladeshi Taslima Nasreen, has sparked riots by Muslims offended by her books. Threats against her have forced authorities to house her in a secret security facility in New Delhi since November, and she has appealed for more freedom.

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Author Salman Rushdie’s stay at the Godrej house has angered many Muslims who are demanding apology from the Godrejs, failing which they have threatened to boycott its products (Agencies Photo)



TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anger; godrej; india; islam; muslims; rage; rushdie; salman
The Godrej family runs one of India's biggest private industries, and are Parsi / Zoroastrians.
1 posted on 01/17/2008 4:41:42 AM PST by CarrotAndStick
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To: CarrotAndStick
Godrej hosts Salman Rushdie, angers Muslims...

Angers Muslims, huh? Well, now that would sure be a first. Golly, no wonder it made the news. (/sarcasm)

2 posted on 01/17/2008 4:51:20 AM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: CarrotAndStick
Salman Rushdie

A truly wonderful person, and whatever he said to insult the desert rats, is true and I agree with him.

3 posted on 01/17/2008 4:56:15 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: CarrotAndStick

“We really hope Mr Godrej realises the hurt he has caused us and says sorry for it,” Maulana Mehmood Daryabadi, a council official, said. “Otherwise, we are asking Muslims all over to boycott his company’s products.”

This family is not even Muslim, apparently, and the moonbat Islamofascists are still telling them what to do, how to live and with whom to associate?

Nothing from this bastard, backward, barbaric cult surprises me anymore. Islam needs to WTFU, realize it’s no longer the Seventh Century, and their pedophile prophet was a charlatan, who cloaked his megalomania in a robe of religion.

Absolutely ridiculous.


4 posted on 01/17/2008 5:04:24 AM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion...)
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To: CarrotAndStick

Angry? We care.

Zoroastrians huh?

All I need is the link to Godrej’s goods to start buying.

Thanks.


5 posted on 01/17/2008 5:38:55 AM PST by AliVeritas (A republic, if you can keep it.)
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To: CarrotAndStick

Hosting Salmaan Rushdie on TV angers Muslims, but killing people and blowing things up doesn’t. Go figure.

Moderation in all things, except Islam.


6 posted on 01/17/2008 12:57:12 PM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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