We join the global condemnation of the vicious attack on Sir Salman Rushdie. We wish him a full and speedy recovery.
Civilisation is where the mind can be without fear, and there should be no place in civilised society for those who attack this most fundamental premise of human life through gratuitous violence. Literature Live! has always believed in dissent without aggression, and argument with intellectual vigour and respect. We hold firm in the belief that the pen will always prove mightier than the sword, and that the finest defence is that of an opponent’s right to speak.
Salman Rushdie was a noteworthy participant in the 2021 Tata Literature Live! Literary Festival, delivering a riveting and delightful session on the meaning of literature.