Yesterday Praveen Swami reported that
Local intelligence officials in Rajasthan invented information that hit men were preparing to assassinate eminent author Salman Rushdie in a successful plot to deter him from attending the Jaipur Literature Festival, highly placed police sources have told The Hindu.
I didn’t post about it yesterday only because it was a little thin (and it’s absolutely extraordinary), so I decided to wait.
Now Salman Rushdie has said on Facebook and Twitter:
I have investigated this myself and am now convinced that the story is true. I was lied to by the Rajasthan authorities, and don’t know when I have felt so angry.
Staggering. So much for secular India.