Jaipur Lit Fest concludes, organizers asked to stay in the city
The curtain on Jaipur Lit Fest, which attracted about 2 lakh visitors this year, fell on January 28. Though the biggest literary event in Asia-Pacific has concluded, but the controversy over the remarks made by Ashis Nandy, will linger on for some time.
A case was registered against Nandy for his ‘controversial’ remarks in Jaipur
and the police have asked the festival organisers not to leave the city until the probe into the case is completed. Consequently, the organisers have given an undertaking that they won’t leave the city until the probe is over.
An FIR was lodged against reputed sociologist Nandy and the festival producer Sanjoy Roy last Saturday by Rajpal Meena, chairperson of the SC/ST Rajasthan
Manch to book them for the comments, which they claim were anti-Dalit.
"This year we had almost 200,000 footfalls in the five days. Also, we had amazing sessions with brilliant authors discussing a range of topics which held the audience in rapt attention," said festival co-director, William Dalrymple. However, the directors of the event, Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple, appealed to the people to defend the freedom of speech and expression.
This year, besides Buddhism, Bollywood and cricket became the major crowd pullers to the festival. Cricketer Rahul Dravid and the film personalities like Javed Akhtar, Prasoon Joshi, Shabana Azmi and Jaideep Sahni among others drew hordes of youngsters to the venue.