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.

 1M.T. Vasudevan Nair41Madhupal 
 2Adoor Gopalakrishnan42C.S. Chandrika 
 3T.J.S. George43Unni R. 
 4K. Satchidanandan44P.F. Mathews 
 5Anand45Venkitesh Ramakrishnan 
 6Sashi Kumar46S. Gopalakrishnan 
 8N.S. Madhavan48K.C. Narayanan 
 9KGS49Sunil Ashokapuram 
 10M. Mukundan50Abdul Kalam Azad 
 11K.P. Kumaran51Ambikasuthan Mangad 
 12T.V. Chandran52J. Raghu 
 13M.N. Karasseri53O. P. Suresh 
 14M.A. Baby54Pramod Raman 
 15Khadeeja Mumtaz55Paul Kallanode 
 16Balan Nambiar56K.S. Venkatachalam 
 17Sadanand Menon57Chelavoor Venu 
 18Sara Joseph58Mangad Ratnakaran 
 19Rafiq Ahmed59N.K. Ravindran 
 20C.P. Aboobacker60K. Rekha 
 21Shaji N. Karun61Jolly Chirayath 
 22Sunil P. Elayidom62Echmukutty 
 23Asokan Charuvil63C.S. Venkiteswaran 
 24K.P. Mohanan64A.K. Jayashree 
 25Anwar Ali65Murali Kannampilly 
 26P.T. Kunjumohammed66Murali Nagapuzha 
 27E.P. Unni67Shylaja Natak 
 28Subhash Chandran68Ashraf Padanna 
 29Boney Thomas69Dr. I. Rajan 
 30Rose Mary70V.K. Joseph 
 31Shahina K. Rafiq71Sister Jesme 
 32Neelan72Prakash Bare 
 33Bose Krishnamachari73Koya Mohammed 
 34Riyas Komu74Chandrika Ravindran 
 35S. Harish75E.M. Radha 
 36Benyamin76Jayan Pakaravur 
 37E. Santosh Kumar77Tathagathan 
 38Kamal78C.R. Rajeev 
 39Joy Mathew79N. Rajan 
 40O.K. Johnny80M.P. Surendran 

Statement issued by the Chinta Ravindran Foundation.



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