January 24th, 2012
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Salman Rushdie video conference gets green signal

salman-rushdieJaipur: Imposing certain restrictions on the speech of Salman Rushdie the state authorities have permitted him to conduct a video conference at the Jaipur Literature Festival afternoon at 3:45 pm for an hour. The state authorities were asked to give an assurance in black and white stating that the author shall not speak on or about his controversial novel ‘The Satanic Verses’. The state administration will also control Rushdie’s video conference link.

The writer is expected to discuss his famous book ‘Midnight’s Children.’ Eminent Jurist Soli Sorabjee said there is nothing illegal in video conferencing with Salman Rushdie and it should be allowed. Earlier four authors Hari Kunzru, Amitava Kumar, Jeet Thayil and Ruchir Joshi had read from the novel and Mr Kunru even defended is action.

Author Ruchir Joshi on Monday said that he does not regret reading out extracts from Salman Rushdie’s banned book ‘The Satanic Verses’ at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Joshi said that he was even ready to do it again if required. “There’s nothing in the law that prohibits people reading from a banned book,” Joshi said. “Rushdie’s constitutional rights are being violated by fringe groups,” he added.



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