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Malayalam writers, artists condemn the attack on Salman Rushdie

Press Release 23 Aug 2022

Salman Rushdie

We, the undersigned, are deeply saddened and shocked by the brutal attempt to assassinate acclaimed writer Salman Rushdie, during a literary event in Chautauqua, western New York. We strongly condemn this heinous act and express our solidarity with the writer.

Salman Rushdie has been under the shadow of death threats for decades for what he once wrote. The call to kill him was, by itself, a condemnable move against freedom of expression. The fact that Rushdie was spending many years of his life in hiding, unable to experience even the simple comforts of life, yet was active in writing, reveals his passion for creativity. The present incident was intended to completely silence the writer, and to punish him for what he wrote. This despicable act, we see, as a great crisis faced by creative pursuits in recent times.

The attack on Salman Rushdie, who is a man of peace, and dealing only in words, is yet another example of the violent intolerance of dissent that is dangerously gaining momentum. We think, it is the need of the hour for writers, artists, art-lovers and readers to protest against this dastardly act and its dangerous implications.

Wishing Salman Rushdie a speedy recovery and a quick return to writing.

  1 M.T. Vasudevan Nair 41 Madhupal  
  2 Adoor Gopalakrishnan 42 C.S. Chandrika  
  3 T.J.S. George 43 Unni R.  
  4 K. Satchidanandan 44 P.F. Mathews  
  5 Anand 45 Venkitesh Ramakrishnan  
  6 Sashi Kumar 46 S. Gopalakrishnan  
  7 Zacharia 47 Gracy  
  8 N.S. Madhavan 48 K.C. Narayanan  
  9 KGS 49 Sunil Ashokapuram  
  10 M. Mukundan 50 Abdul Kalam Azad  
  11 K.P. Kumaran 51 Ambikasuthan Mangad  
  12 T.V. Chandran 52 J. Raghu  
  13 M.N. Karasseri 53 O. P. Suresh  
  14 M.A. Baby 54 Pramod Raman  
  15 Khadeeja Mumtaz 55 Paul Kallanode  
  16 Balan Nambiar 56 K.S. Venkatachalam  
  17 Sadanand Menon 57 Chelavoor Venu  
  18 Sara Joseph 58 Mangad Ratnakaran  
  19 Rafiq Ahmed 59 N.K. Ravindran  
  20 C.P. Aboobacker 60 K. Rekha  
  21 Shaji N. Karun 61 Jolly Chirayath  
  22 Sunil P. Elayidom 62 Echmukutty  
  23 Asokan Charuvil 63 C.S. Venkiteswaran  
  24 K.P. Mohanan 64 A.K. Jayashree  
  25 Anwar Ali 65 Murali Kannampilly  
  26 P.T. Kunjumohammed 66 Murali Nagapuzha  
  27 E.P. Unni 67 Shylaja Natak  
  28 Subhash Chandran 68 Ashraf Padanna  
  29 Boney Thomas 69 Dr. I. Rajan  
  30 Rose Mary 70 V.K. Joseph  
  31 Shahina K. Rafiq 71 Sister Jesme  
  32 Neelan 72 Prakash Bare  
  33 Bose Krishnamachari 73 Koya Mohammed  
  34 Riyas Komu 74 Chandrika Ravindran  
  35 S. Harish 75 E.M. Radha  
  36 Benyamin 76 Jayan Pakaravur  
  37 E. Santosh Kumar 77 Tathagathan  
  38 Kamal 78 C.R. Rajeev  
  39 Joy Mathew 79 N. Rajan  
  40 O.K. Johnny 80 M.P. Surendran  

Statement issued by the Chinta Ravindran Foundation.

Malayalam writers, artists condemn the attack on Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie

We, the undersigned, are deeply saddened and shocked by the brutal attempt to assassinate acclaimed writer Salman Rushdie, during a literary event in Chautauqua, western New York. We strongly condemn this heinous act and express our solidarity with the writer.

Salman Rushdie has been under the shadow of death threats for decades for what he once wrote. The call to kill him was, by itself, a condemnable move against freedom of expression. The fact that Rushdie was spending many years of his life in hiding, unable to experience even the simple comforts of life, yet was active in writing, reveals his passion for creativity. The present incident was intended to completely silence the writer, and to punish him for what he wrote. This despicable act, we see, as a great crisis faced by creative pursuits in recent times.

The attack on Salman Rushdie, who is a man of peace, and dealing only in words, is yet another example of the violent intolerance of dissent that is dangerously gaining momentum. We think, it is the need of the hour for writers, artists, art-lovers and readers to protest against this dastardly act and its dangerous implications.

Wishing Salman Rushdie a speedy recovery and a quick return to writing.

  1 M.T. Vasudevan Nair 41 Madhupal  
  2 Adoor Gopalakrishnan 42 C.S. Chandrika  
  3 T.J.S. George 43 Unni R.  
  4 K. Satchidanandan 44 P.F. Mathews  
  5 Anand 45 Venkitesh Ramakrishnan  
  6 Sashi Kumar 46 S. Gopalakrishnan  
  7 Zacharia 47 Gracy  
  8 N.S. Madhavan 48 K.C. Narayanan  
  9 KGS 49 Sunil Ashokapuram  
  10 M. Mukundan 50 Abdul Kalam Azad  
  11 K.P. Kumaran 51 Ambikasuthan Mangad  
  12 T.V. Chandran 52 J. Raghu  
  13 M.N. Karasseri 53 O. P. Suresh  
  14 M.A. Baby 54 Pramod Raman  
  15 Khadeeja Mumtaz 55 Paul Kallanode  
  16 Balan Nambiar 56 K.S. Venkatachalam  
  17 Sadanand Menon 57 Chelavoor Venu  
  18 Sara Joseph 58 Mangad Ratnakaran  
  19 Rafiq Ahmed 59 N.K. Ravindran  
  20 C.P. Aboobacker 60 K. Rekha  
  21 Shaji N. Karun 61 Jolly Chirayath  
  22 Sunil P. Elayidom 62 Echmukutty  
  23 Asokan Charuvil 63 C.S. Venkiteswaran  
  24 K.P. Mohanan 64 A.K. Jayashree  
  25 Anwar Ali 65 Murali Kannampilly  
  26 P.T. Kunjumohammed 66 Murali Nagapuzha  
  27 E.P. Unni 67 Shylaja Natak  
  28 Subhash Chandran 68 Ashraf Padanna  
  29 Boney Thomas 69 Dr. I. Rajan  
  30 Rose Mary 70 V.K. Joseph  
  31 Shahina K. Rafiq 71 Sister Jesme  
  32 Neelan 72 Prakash Bare  
  33 Bose Krishnamachari 73 Koya Mohammed  
  34 Riyas Komu 74 Chandrika Ravindran  
  35 S. Harish 75 E.M. Radha  
  36 Benyamin 76 Jayan Pakaravur  
  37 E. Santosh Kumar 77 Tathagathan  
  38 Kamal 78 C.R. Rajeev  
  39 Joy Mathew 79 N. Rajan  
  40 O.K. Johnny 80 M.P. Surendran  

Statement issued by the Chinta Ravindran Foundation.

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