NEW DELHI: India Muslims have appealed to the community to observe Friday (February 1) as Yaum-e-Baddua (Day of Curses) to protest against author Salman Rushdie’s presence in the country.
Besides, he has been banned to travel to Calcutta by Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of the Indian city.
The UK-based author is considered a controversial figure in Pakistan and India due to his controversial book ‘The Satanic Verses’ written in1988 which still remains banned.
The newspaper quoted as saying that, Salman was due to promote the Midnight’s Children film in the city but today he tweeted that ” I have been blocked to enter the city by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee”.
“The simple fact is the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ordered the police to block my arrival,”he tweeted.
The controversial Rushdie Last year, withdrew from the Jaipur Literature Festival after reports of a death threat.
He had forced to abandon plans to address the gathering by a video link after protesters threatened to march on the venue.
The film Midnight’s Children – based on Salman’s novel of the same name – opens in India on Friday.
Indian Muslims complained that, ‘Every time Rushdie comes here, he aggravates our pain, we will continue to hold protest against him’.