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Jaipur Lit Fest: Protests against 4 authors

Posted on Jan 21, 09:14PM | IBNS

Muslim groups have warned organizers of Jaipur Literature Festival not to allow four authors, who had read out passages from novelist Salman Rushdie's banned 'The Satanic Verses' at the event last year, to participate in the festival to be held this month, reports said.

"The statement was released by a panel of Islamic clerics and scholars during a national conference on "Azmat -E-Namoos -E-Rasool" (Respect and Honour of Prophet Muhammad) held at Ravindra Manch, Jaipur on Sunday in the presence of approximately 20,000 attendees from across the state," The Times of India reported.

Sajid Sehrai, an Islamic scholar and organizer of the event, told the newspaper, "These authors have violated Indian law by reading out passages from a banned book. It calls for legal action against them."

Four authors, Jeet Thayil, Ruchir Joshi, Amitva Kumar and Hari Kunzru, had read out passages from the book last year.

Pertinently, Jeet and Ruchir's names feature in the speakers list of Jaipur Literature Festival 2013, as announced by the organizers on its website.

Rushdie was not allowed to visit the event last year.

The organizers of the event had to cancel the much-talked about appearance of controversial writer at the event via video conferencing over protests by some Muslim groups on Jan 24, 2012.

A fatwa for killing the writer was declared in 1989 by Ayatollah Khomeini, the late supreme leader of Iran, for making certain remarks against Prophet Mohammed in his book "The Satanic Verses".

The remarks were considered blasphemous by the Islamic world.

Published in 1988, the book was banned in several countries including India.

Rushdie had attended the Jaipur Literature Festival in 2007.

A fatwa for killing Rushdie was declared in 1989 by Ayatollah Khomeini, the late supreme leader of Iran, for making certain remarks against Prophet Mohammed in his book "The Satanic Verses".

The remarks were considered blasphemous by the Islamic world.

Published in 1988, the book was banned in several countries including India.

Rushdie had attended the Jaipur Literature Festival in 2007.

The Jaipur Literature Festival 2013 is scheduled to take place from Jan 24 to 28 this year at Diggi Palace in Jaipur.

Jaipur Literature Festival is considered by some as the greatest literary show on earth.