Maharashtra govt backs Nemade, plans action against Rushdie tweet

Salman_RushdieThe Maharashtra government’s home department is examining the possibility of initiating action against Indian-born writer Salman Rushdie who used “objectionable language” against Jnanpith Award winner Marathi litterateur Bhalchandra Nemade in a tweet.

“It is necessary to take action against the tweet. The home department is considering it,” said Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde. The controversy started after Nemade raised questions about the literary merit of some of Rushdie’s works on February 6. A day later, an angry Rushdie tweeted: “Grumpy old b*****d. Just take your prize and say thank you nicely. I doubt you’ve even read the work you attack.”

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