In an ideal world, you could reunite the Pakistan-occupied part of Kashmir with the Indian-occupied part and restore the old borders. You could have both India and Pakistan agreeing to guarantee those borders, demilitarise the area, and to invest in it economically. In a sane world that would happen, but we don't live in a sane world.— Salman Rushdie
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I've never seen anywhere in the world as beautiful as Kashmir.
It has something to do with the fact that the valley is very small and the mountains are very big, so you have this miniature countryside surrounded by the Himalayas, and it's just spectacular. And it's true, the people are very beautiful too.
There are things you break that can't be put back together again. And Kashmir may be one of them.
Rock and roll music - the music of freedom frightens people and unleashes all manner of conservative defense mechanisms.
One of the extraordinary things about human events is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable.
What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.
Language is courage: the ability to conceive a thought, to speak it, and by doing so to make it true.
Language upon a silvered tongue affords enchantment enough.
The whole story of migration and what that has done in interconnecting the planet is obviously something I've written about a lot.
In the cookie of life, friends are the chocolate chips.
No, I don't think it's fair to label Islam 'violent.
' But I will say that to my knowledge, no writer has ever gone into hiding for criticizing the Amish.
Religion, a mediaeval form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms. This religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today.
If you want to tell the untold stories, if you want to give voice to the voiceless, you've got to find a language. Which goes for film as well as prose, for documentary as well as autobiography. Use the wrong language, and you're dumb and blind.
One of the strange things about violent and authoritarian regimes is they don't like the glare of negative publicity.
I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire.
The moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible.
Two things form the bedrock of any open society - freedom of expression and rule of law. If you don't have those things, you don't have a free country.
Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.
An iceberg is water striving to be land;
a mountain, especially a Himalaya, especially Everest, is land's attempt to metamorphose into sky; it is grounded in flight, the earth mutated--nearly--into air, and become, in the true sense, exalted. Long before she ever encountered the mountain, Allie was aware of its brooding presence in her soul.
When thought becomes excessively painful, action is the finest remedy.
I know that when people pull apart, they usually employ misunderstanding as a weapon, deliberately getting hold of the stick's wrong end, impaling themselves on its point in order to prove the perfidy of the other.
A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
Our lives, our stories, flowed into one another's, were no longer our own, individual, discrete.
I'm not a prophet, but I always thought it was natural for dictatorships to fall. I remember in 1989, two months before the fall of the Berlin Wall, had you said it was going to happen no one would have believed you. The system seemed powerful and unbreakable. Suddenly overnight it blew away like dust.
Where there is no belief, there is no blasphemy.
Masks beneath masks until suddenly the bare bloodless skull.
An attack upon our ability to tell stories is not just censorship - it is a crime against our nature as human beings.
We have seen many other not just writers and intellectuals, but including writers and intellectuals in the Muslim world being attacked and murdered by Islamic fanatics, accused of exactly the same things that I was, these medieval crimes of apostasy And heresy, but then broadening from that into a broader attack on all of us.
It's one thing to say, 'I don't like what you said to me and I find it rude and offensive,' but the moment you threaten violence in return, you've taken it to another level, where you lose whatever credibility you had.
Reality is a question of perspective.
I have always thought that these two ways of talking, one is the fantastic, the fable, the fairy tale, and the other being history, the scholarly study of what happened, I think they're both amazing ways to understand human nature.
We were language's magpies by nature, stealing whatever sounded bright and shiny.
Good advice is rarer than rubies.
A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.
Pakistan is alarmed by the rising Indian influence in Afghanistan, and fears that an Afghanistan cleansed of the Taliban would be an Indian client state, thus sandwiching Pakistan between two hostile countries. The paranoia of Pakistan about India's supposed dark machinations should never be underestimated.
We must conclude that it is not only a particular political ideology that has failed, but the idea that men and women could ever define themselves in terms that exclude their spiritual needs.
The mistake of the West was to put the Sauds on the throne of Saudi Arabia and give them control of the world's oil fortune, which they then used to propagate Wahhabi Islam.
A figure of speech is a shifty thing; it can be twisted or it can be straight.
Sometimes legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts.
How do you defeat terrorism? Don’t be terrorized.
When a reader falls in love with a book, it leaves its essence inside him, like radioactive fallout in an arable field, and after that there are certain crops that will no longer grow in him, while other, stranger, more fantastic growths may occasionally be produced.
Most of what matters in your life takes place in your absence.
Our lives teach us who we are.
When you have children, your perspective on the parent-child relationship alters.
I think it's a very important function of art to challenge accepted reality, especially when that reality is created by powerful interest groups.
I hate admitting that my enemies have a point.
I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity.
What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy.
Well, we're still in the middle of it.
And it doesn't show any sign of going away. And these attacks that were - that seemed so odd at the time, with "Satanic Verses," because we didn't have any context for this. You know, where did that come from? It seemed to come out of nowhere.
Actually, I don't even like parties. I would much prefer a room with four friends who sit around and have dinner. I detest nightclubs. And I don't like places where the noise is so loud you can't talk to people.