Various Jaipur-based Muslim groups have warned organisers of the five-day Jaipur Literature Festival taking place on January 24 against inviting authors who 'hurt' religious sentiments of the community by reading out passages 'against Islam' from their books.
In addition, some Hindu groups have asked the organizers not to invite and allow participation of Pakistani authors. The groups have warned the festival organisers to ensure that no author or speaker, who has hurt sentiments of the community be allowed to attend the event.
Last year; Jeet Thayil Ruchir, Hari Kunzru and Amitava Kumar, who read passages from ‘Satanic Verses’, and they are being targeted by the community groups who don’t want to see their faces this year.
One may recall that at the time of the event last year, it had courted controversy over the scheduled visit of Salman Rushdie, who had to cancel his visit following strong opposition from Muslim groups.
However, Sanjay Roy, producer of the Jaipur Literature Festival, dismissed the warnings of the community groups saying that everyone had right to express his feelings and this will not affect the festival.