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Explained: Apart from Salman Rushdie, these celebrities were also publicly attacked.

List of Authors Who Were Attacked: The writing area is generally considered safe. Most people think that how can it be dangerous to play on the keyboard, but sometimes writers or people associated with this genre find themselves in a battle. In particular, attacks on journalists are now common. One of the victims of the attackers is now the name of Indian-origin British writer and American citizen Salman Rushdie. Rushdie is already receiving death threats.

In the eighties, Iran issued a fatwa to kill the author of one of his books, accusing The Satanic Verses of blasphemy. Not only this, Iran had also placed a bounty of three million US dollars on Rushdie’s head.

Complete with the murderous attack on Salman Rushdie, who won the Booker Prize for one of his books Midnight’s Children and received the title of Sir from Queen Elizabeth II of England. The world is shocked. The attack is being condemned from all over the country and abroad. Even before Rushdie, there have been deadly attacks on many pen-workers. If these writers did not write their books, they would have lived long. Let us know who became the victim of the attackers.

Anna Politkovskaya (Anna Politkovskaya)

Born on 30 August 1958 in New York, Anna Politkovskaya was a Russian journalist and human rights activist. In the Second Chechen War, he reported on political developments in Russia. He was recognized nationally and internationally for his reporting in Chechnya. Russian President Vladimir Putin is accused of getting Anna Politkovskaya assassinated because she spoke openly against the shortcomings of the Putin administration. On October 7, 2006, on the occasion of Putin’s birthday, Politkovskaya’s body was found in an elevator. He was shot dead. Earlier, there were attempts to kill him nine times. Once he was even given poison. Five people were found guilty of Anna’s death. The perpetrators did not say on whose behest they committed the crime.

Hugo Bettauer

Born on 18 August 1872 in Baden, Austria, Maximilian Hugo Betaver was an Austrian writer and journalist. He was accused of anti-Semitism. He was assassinated on 26 March 1925 by a follower of the Nazi Party. Betavar, who was accused of being a communist and corrupting the youth, was shot and killed by a youth activist of the Nazi Party, Otto Rothstoke. The party had said in the defense of the murderer that it had carried out the incident to save the culture of Germany. The attacker was declared not guilty, calling him insane. He was put in a mental asylum and released in less than two years.

Giordano Bruno

Jordano Bruno was an Italian philosopher, mathematician, poet, theorist and author. Born in 1548 in Nola, Italy, Bruno used to write openly on church conservatism. The church considered him a heretic. He was imprisoned for a long time and was given a very painful death for not following the Church’s account. He was burnt alive and killed. He died on 17 February 1600 in the Canto di Flori, Rome. Jordano Bruno was the first astronomer to claim that the stars are only distant Suns.

Isaac Emmanuilovich Babel

Isaac Emmanuelovich Babil was born on 13 July 1894 in Odessa, Ukraine. He was a Russian writer, journalist, playwright and literary translator. For the books Red Cavalry and Odessa Stories, he was considered the greatest prose writer among Russian Jews. He wrote a play, Maria, in which the President of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, was criticized for exposing official corruption. It was called off during rehearsals for the play, and Babil was arrested a few years later. He was declared a non-person, shot on 27 January 1940 and his body was thrown in a communal grave.

Hitoshi Igarashi

Hitoshi Igarashi translated Salman Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses into Japanese. Igarashi was a Japanese scholar of Arabic-Persian literature and history. Born in Japan on 10 June 1947, Hitoshi Igarashi was stabbed to death on 12 July 1991 in his own country. The name of the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was behind his assassination, who had issued a death fatwa against Salman Rushdie in the eighties. At least one victim was claimed in the fatwa. No one was arrested for Igarashi’s murder. Whether or not Khomeini got Igarashi killed was unknown, but people suspected that he was behind the incident.

Attacks on writers in India

  • In March 2017, Kannada writer Yogesh Master was attacked with ink in India. Yogesh was accused of writing against Hindu gods and goddesses. Activists of Hindu organizations threw black ink on him for his novel ‘Dundhi’.
  • Earlier, Professor Narendra Nayak was getting threats for three years. Journalism student and young Dalit writer Chetna Teerthahalli received rape and death threats in 2015 for supporting a beef meal.
  • A writer named Hachangi Prasad was attacked for speaking against the caste system and perpetrating violence in the name of Hinduism.
  • Writer KS Bhagwan received death threats for years for his logic of caste system, scientific temper and courageously standing up for social reform.
  • One name is that of MM Kalburgi, the Vice Chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi and a vocal voice against idolatry in Hinduism, who was shot dead in his own house by two members of a right-wing group. Apart from this, there are many writers and journalists who keep getting threats about their writing and expression.

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