Salman Rushdie hits back at Jnanpith winner Bhalchandra Nemade


Salman RushdieWriter Salman Rushdie has lashed out at Jnanpith award-winning Marathi writer Bhalchandra Nemade for his comment that Rushdie’s works lacked literary merit.

Shortly after being chosen for the prestigious Jnanpith award on Friday, Mr. Nemade made the remarks at a felicitation programme organised by the Matrubhasha Samvardhan Sabha in Mumbai. He dismissed the works of Mr. Rushdie and V.S. Naipaul as “pandering to the West.” Mr. Rushdie’s works after Midnight’s Children lacked literary merit, he said.

Responding to the criticism, Mr. Rushdie tweeted on Saturday, “Grumpy old ….. Just take your prize and say thank you nicely. I doubt you’ve even read the work you attack.”

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