While I write this ,the sounds blare in the background-loud,strident and cuttingly intrusive. On the usual hackneyed topics currently convulsing the Western media : the BBC on "Anti-Americanism" , CNN on 'the UK threat perceptions and their being inextricably linked to the Knighthood for Salman Rushdie'.
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The Indian media ,in the meantime, goes its own blithe and merry way : Cricket-and still more Cricket, Computers,and of course the now-de rigeur Bollywood greatness. ( The latter solely because its now the 'flavour of the month' in the West.)
To cut to the chase- the UK has been simply asking for it. It does not take a great leap of intellect ,or the best boffins from MI 5, to tell the powers-that-be that awarding the knighthood to Rushdie would be a resounding slap in the face to Islam. Yet HMG persists with its intransigence -waving the red rag and practically begging for trouble. Clearly the deadliest Parthian Shot ever - delivered with a panache unparalleled ,by a (vengeful) Tony Blair.
Why would a country riding the crest, with the world at its feet-with such a formidable reputation for excellence, clear-thinking ,ruthlessness and unnerving perfidy - shoot itself so deliberately in the foot.Surely the man at the centre of this maelstrom could not be worth it.(As an author he could not even begin to hold a candle to the greatest among 'em.)
The true reasons may never be known, Though it might well be tempting to give free rein to fancy - and trot out the weirdest of reasons. Ranging from his uncanny ability to locate and titillate the literary G-Spot of the West - all the way to the Will of God and the Prophecies in the Book of Revelations coming to pass ,thanks to such a foolhardy act.
Whatever the reasons ,its becoming ever clearer by the minute that Rushdie is now up there with the emerging pantheon of a liberal ( and increasingly Godless) West . The (Un )Holy Trinity comprising : J.K.Rowling , Paris Hilton - and now the newly minted 'Sir' Salman Rushdie.
Does this now put paid to very notion of the Holy Trinity . Or would the three of them somehow work it out amongst themselves ,as to who would be Father , Son and Holy Ghost.And may the Devil then take the hindmost.