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Reader comment on item: Salman Rushdie and British Backbone

Submitted by PARAMASVARAN KANDIAH (Malaysia), Jun 27, 2007 at 09:01

Politicians are quick to take advantage of a situation which can deflect public pressure from other pressing problems. Pakistan is a Nation state beset with ethnic divisions and being tugged centrifugally and centripetally and with the Centre having no say in much parts of the country although the World is told to view it as a solid Nation state.

The increasing political pressure against the ruling elite with the latest hullabaloo over the suspension ( legal or not ) of a Senior Judge found its outlet with poor Salmon Rushdie - a writer and a world recognised figure of quite some stature for his writings and his novels.

As they say - 'the pen is mightier than the sword' and even if Salman is 'executed' by some maniac, his writings will go on till the ends of recorded time. That is the greatness of a writer contrasted against a rabid mass of maniacs who gainsay may never even have seen the cover of his books or read even a page of any of his books or even have the capacity or ability to read and understand the English Language.

The masses rioting in the streets have of course been 'paid' handsomely in advance to waste their time on the streets because no one in his normal sense would want to shout himself hoarse until he is unable to utter any sound anymore about something he knows nothing about but just has been fed some hobblybook to make him part of the frenzy created crowds.


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