Across the world, we are all still reeling from the brutal attack on Salman Rushdie and are hoping that he recovers from it. In light of this, Magar is focusing on blasphemy, books and free speech. Read Taslima Nasreen, no stranger to being banned, on the attack on Salman Rushdie. To understand the banning of the Satanic Verses listen to Love Thy Neighbour, the first in a detailed 10 part series that explores the Fatwa against Rushdie. Bangladesh has an unfortunate recent history of deadly attacks against secular bloggers. In this spirit, read about why we still need atheism.
Does caste play a role in deciding who is prosecuted for blasphemy in Pakistan? What do Germany’s laws mean for free speech about Palestine? And is it time for India to calm down with the ‘offence-taking’? Listen to a history of free speech as you read through the answers to these questions.
The Fatwa against Salman Rushdie emerged from his book Satanic Verses, banned in several countries. In this issue read excerpts, interviews are reviews of books banned through the years.