Salman Rushdie: We’re all too offended now

by Priyanka Gupta on August 12, 2013

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'Satanic Verses' author attacks rise of religious and political tribalism that makes people define themselves by what they hate…

The Booker Prize-winning novelist Salman Rushdie spoke out against a new "culture of offendedness" yesterday, saying that people increasingly "define ourselves by hate".
Speaking to a sellout crowd on the opening day of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Midnight's Children author said: "I do think that one of the characteristics of our age is the growth of this culture of offendedness. It has to do with the rise of identity politics, where you're invited to define your identity quite narrowly – you know, Western, Islamic, whatever it might be."

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Written by Priyanka Gupta

IITK alumnus, wandering soul. After seeking for job satisfaction in 4 firms over a span of 7 years, finally got her hands dirty in a startup. Dance freak, dreams to travel d world.

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Mugdha August 13, 2013 at 4:27 AM

How true. And it’s so sad that so many people direct their anger towards easy targets, such as what’s written in a book, or by the personal opinions professed by celebrities, instead of being offended by the actual terrible realities of existence: female infanticide, corruption, lack of infrastructure…


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