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Mumbai is story of `Indianness`, says Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie today said the city was the story of "Indianness" and not the "narrow preserve" of any one language.

Updated: Mar 13, 2010, 00:25 AM IST

New Delhi: After Sachin Tendulkar and
Mukesh Ambani faced Shiv Sena`s ire for their "Mumbai for all"
comments, controversial author Salman Rushdie today said the
city was the story of "Indianness" and not the "narrow
preserve" of any one language.

"Bombay was never the narrow preserve of any one
language. It is the story of one Indianness. Everyone merged
into it," he said while addressing the India Today conclave
here.

Commenting on his controversial book `The Satanic
Verses`, Rushdie claimed the ban on his book was wrong.
He added that India was the first to ban the book, and
alleged it stood with countries like Iran and Pakistan in
suppressing the freedom of speech.

Stressing on the need to allow complete freedom of
speech in India, Rushdie said, "let India not be a closed
world, making it another China, another Iran, or another
Pakistan.

Iran had issued a fatwa against him over the book.

-PTI