"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.
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