Muzaffarnagar, January 10: Opposing author Salman Rushdie's visit to India, Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband on Monday said the government should cancel his visa as he had hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims in the past.
Mr. Rushdie, 65, who had earned the wrath of Muslims worldwide due to his novel The Satanic Verses is set to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival this month end.
Ayatollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, on February 14, 1989 issued a fatwa against him.
Vice-Chancellor Maulana Abul Qasim Nomani said in a release that the government should take into account the feelings of Muslims against the author.
The Indian-origin author visited the literary extravaganza in the Pink City in 2007.
On January 21, Mr. Rushdie along with authors Rita Kothari and Tarun Tejpal is slated to discuss the nuances of English with noted writer Ira Pande on the topic ‘Inglish, Amlish, Hinglish: The chutnification of English.'