Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Faith, disbelief, and doubt ...

... Nilanjana S Roy: Listening to Rushdie. (Hat tip, Vikram Johri.)

In the two decades since The Satanic Verses was banned, it has become increasingly hard to discuss the idea Rushdie puts forward in his work, which is the idea that doubt is necessary and valuable. But in that time, India has also moved closer to accepting, blindly and without much fuss, a worryingly widespread belief. This is the belief that at worst, questioning any faith or religion is in itself a kind of blasphemy — and at best, it’s an esoteric activity that the majority can safely ignore.

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