On Saturday, Indian novelist Salman Rushdie, a man with a talent for poetry, died at the age 40.
His literary legacy is as remarkable as the stories that have come before it.
He is, in many ways, the greatest of writers in our modern age.
We are, after all, the world’s greatest audience for his work, and his impact is so profound that we rarely think about his legacy.
In his lifetime, he has made us aware of the power of words and of the role of storytelling in our lives, which in turn shapes our perception of the world around us.
The stories he tells have shaped our politics and our culture.
But they also shape the way we understand ourselves.
To many, he was a man of the past who was, in the words of a friend, “dead.”
To others, he had been a revolutionary and, in his own way, a master.
But the vast majority of us are more than capable of following his journey, which began in India and culminated in a novel he published in 1959.
When we consider what the world is like now, the only thing that matters is what we think of it, and this is the place where we should begin.
The best writers are the ones who are able to tell their stories in the way that connects them with others.
As we look back, we should not be surprised by the ways in which Salman Rushdian life and work have been influenced by contemporary ideas and cultural trends.
For the past few decades, the Indian writer has been at the centre of a global debate about how the internet can be a powerful and empowering tool for sharing, discussing, and engaging with the world.
But as the debates over the future of the internet, and the use of social media in particular, have intensified, so too have concerns over the way in which writers are being silenced and, potentially, killed in the name of the social media boom.
In the past two years alone, Salman Rushden and Anand Nambiar have been on death row in India, while in the United States, the novelist and poet and activist Maya Angelou is currently being held in solitary confinement.
In March, a young Indian woman was killed in a car crash, allegedly over a Facebook post that criticized her country’s controversial “anti-national” law.
Earlier this month, in a bid to counter this growing public anger, Salman and Anurag Kashyap, a popular Indian film star, were killed in Mumbai, and both writers were killed on Twitter.
While the internet is a powerful tool for free speech, it is also one of the most potent platforms in which the powerful can exploit and control the narrative of the people they seek to influence.
We should never forget that, at its most basic, the internet has always been a place where the most powerful and influential people have the ability to speak, act, and share.
We have to ask ourselves, what do we want the internet to be?
How does it help us live in a democratic, pluralistic society, where the powerful have the power to shape our ideas, and where the internet allows the most marginalized people to share their stories and beliefs?
We should also ask ourselves what kind of society does it want to create?
The answer is, of course, both.
In Salman Rushda, we can see a master at work.
A master of language The power of language has always come with a price tag.
For centuries, the medium has been the vehicle through which we communicate, to communicate with each other and to reach out to the world to learn about it.
This is what makes the internet so powerful: It enables us to communicate directly with each others’ hearts, minds, bodies, and emotions.
This allows us to be in close proximity with each and every person, and to connect with the feelings and thoughts of others.
This, in turn, allows us the ability and the capacity to influence others.
However, there are limits to this power, and we mustn’t forget that it is not always used to achieve our ends.
When language is used to speak truth, it also has the potential to create pain and suffering for those who would not agree with the truth, and that can cause even greater damage.
The internet is, therefore, a powerful instrument, but it also opens up a Pandora’s box of potential.
If we look beyond the potential for abuse, and instead look to the potential of the technology itself, then it becomes clear that there are no limits to the power that can be wielded by a single person, corporation, or political party.
As an illustration of this, let us look at what happened to the novelist Nambi in India in the 1980s.
At the time of her death, she had become one of India’s most celebrated writers.
She was one of its most prominent intellectuals and writers, having been an active member of the Rashtriya S