Had the Indian Government not chosen to ban Salman Rushdie’s ‘The Satanic Verses” nobody would have even heard of the book. How a meandering book by an author few can read, can be a threat to an established religion is beyond me.
And yet, the power of the written word was grossly overestimated and the book banned. Worse- 25-years later, the same fundamentalists who got the book banned, managed to prevent Rushdie from speaking at a conference.
Much as it pains me to admit it, the poet-activist who said, “in India, the smallest minority is Indians”, did get it right.
A drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.