January 23rd, 2012
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Rushdie controversy: 4 authors asked to leave

satanJaipur: Hari Kunzru, Amitava Kumar, Jeet Thayil and Ruchir Joshi the four authors who read excerpts from Rusdhie’s banned novel ‘The Satanic Verses’ left the Jaipur Literature Festival as they feared arrest.

Author Hari Kunzru defended his action. He wrote in The Guardian that “Our intention was not to offend anyone’s religious sensibilities, but to give a voice to a writer who had been silenced by a death threat. Reading from another one of his books would have been meaningless. We wanted to demystify the book. It is, after all, just a book. Not a bomb. Not a knife or a gun. Just a book.” Meanwhile, the fetsival organisers insisted that the four acted of their own will.

A police case has been registered against the four authors and they were forced to walk out from the festival abruptly. Mr Rushdie has called off his scheduled visit stating that he was advised to stay away as his life was under threat.


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