Protest against Taslima Nasreen’s presence at Jaipur Literature Festival

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After a protest by a Muslim group here against the participation of controversial writer Taslima Nasreen at the Jaipur Literature Festival, the organisers on Monday said they will consider their request not to invite her again.

Festival producer Sanjoy Roy said in a statement: “They expressed their anger… I heard them out. Explained we supported minorities in every way. Underscored that we are a platform for all points of view.”

Around 25-30 persons staged a protest outside Diggi Palace, saying that the writings of Taslima Nasrin denigrates Islam and that the organisers should not have invited her.

Taslima’s presence at the festival was not revealed earlier.

The session was themed around her latest memoir “Exile” — a cumulative chronicle of her days in Kolkata and the circumstances under which she was, in her own words, “hurriedly shifted, first to Jaipur and then to Delhi, confined to an obscure safe house, and facing incessant pressure from senior officials and politicians to leave India” and is replete with dark imageries and repeated provocations. Read more

Source: New Indian Express

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