Salman Rushdie becomes Sir Salman

June 26th, 2008 - 8:38 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

The India-born British author Salman Rushdie was knighted by the Queen Elizabeth for his “services to literature.”

Muslims around the world condemned the award when it was announced last year.

“If you`re lucky enough to have one book that gets into people`s consciousness in that way then it`s fortunate. The fact that that book, 27 years after it was published is still interesting to people, I`m very proud of that. But I`m more interested in my more recent work really,” Rushdie said.

In July Osama Bin Laden`s deputy, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, threatened to retaliate against Britain if Rushdie was presented with this award.

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