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About Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is a Booker Prize winner, a leading post-colonial literary figure and a prominent activist for freedom of speech.

Articles by Salman Rushdie

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Sunny Hundal is openDemocracy’s social media editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Argumentative Indians: Amartya Sen and Salman Rushdie in conversation

openDemocracy presents the second of a series of audio features from the PEN World Voices literary festival. Two giants of south Asian culture, the Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen and novelist Salman Rushdie discuss democracy, migration and identity.

Freedom to write: Orhan Pamuk, Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie

openDemocracy presents the first of a series of audio features from the PEN World Voices literary festival. Salman Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk and Margaret Atwood discuss power, shame and saying the unsayable.

Defend the right to be offended

“The moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible.” Salman Rushdie sounds the call for a new enlightenment.

The war of liberation worth fighting for

It is 12 January 2003 and US president Bush has rallied his troops for what he calls “The first war of the 21st century”. What is your view of this crisis, where, briefly, do you stand? This is the question we are putting to people around the world, especially those with their own public reputation and following. Our aim, to help create a truly global debate all can identify with.
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