• Petitioned Manmohan Singh

This petition was delivered to:

Prime Minister, India
Manmohan Singh
Home Minister, India,
P Chidambaran
Finance Minister, India
Pranab Mukherjee

Reconsider the ban on Salman Rushdie's 'The Satanic Verses'

    1. Petition by

      Nilanjana Roy

      New Delhi, India

We the undersigned support the right of all artists and writers to freedom of expression and we strongly urge the government to reconsider the 23-year-old ban of the Satanic Verses.

The Satanic Verses has not incited violence anywhere; others have used the novel's existence to incite violence to suit their political ends. Within India, in the 23 years since the ban, we have witnessed an erosion of respect for freedom of expression, as artists like MF Husain, Chandramuhun Srimantula, Jatin Das, and Balbir Krishan have been intimidated, and works of writers like Rohinton Mistry and AK Ramanujan have been withdrawn because of threats by groups claiming to be offended.

India is one of the very few countries in the world where the ban stands, placing us alongside Egypt, Pakistan, Iran, Malaysia, Liberia and Papua New Guinea, among others. We submit with respect that there is a democratic need to review and re-examine the circumstances that led to the original ban of the Verses in 1988, which have changed greatly over time.

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    Reasons for signing

      • about 2 years ago

      because the ban on 'Satanic Verses' is totally unnecessary

    • Dagmar von Arnim HANAU, GERMANY
      • over 2 years ago

      Not only have I loved Rushdies texts for years, but I sincerely believe in the freedom of speech and writing!

    • Susmita Srivastava JAIPUR, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe that the silencing of voices is one of the most dangerous steps that society can take. Let the book speak. Let agreement or disagreement remain the right of the reader, my right. In a free society, why am I being robbed of my right to listen, my right to evaluate and my right to choose? We would all still be cavemen if any dissent from established opinions was disallowed at point one.

    • Kaustubh Adhikari BOSTON, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am an Indian, and I want my secular country to stop pandering to religious fundamentalists.

    • Punkhuri Chawla LUCKNOW, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      It's my freedom of choice at stake. I did not sign up for a paternalistic government that decides for me, without any consultation with me, what I can and what I cannot be exposed to intellectually. Sorry, but I'm taking this personally. Besides, the ban is useless - see, there's something called the Internet.


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