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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Drop Salman Rushdie supporters, Jaipur literary festival told
Muslim clerics want those who read out portions of the
Satanic Verses at last year's event to be barred from appearing
Salman Rushie's scheduled appearance at
the 2012 festival was cancelled following objections from conservative clerics.
Photograph: Chris Young/AP
A group of conservative
Muslim clerics in India have called on the
organisers of the annual Jaipur literary festival to drop speakers who were
involved in a demonstration of support for Salman Rushdie at last
year's event before the opening later this week.
Last January an appearance by Rushdie, 65, at the Jaipur literary festival
was cancelled after protests from local Islamic groups and threats from some
activists. Acting without the sanction of organisers, four authors at the event
read portions of the Satanic Verses, the 1988 book that is still banned in
India, in support of Rushdie. A number of legal complaints alleging incitement to racial hatred and other
offences were subsequently lodged in Indian courts. The incident provoked fears
for free speech in India and criticism of the government. Full article