Sir Salman Rushdie

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Pooja Sareen, Student, Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication

Though Salman Rushdie wasn’t at the Jaipur Literary festival but he was still there in the minds of the people and the authors present there. The literary community expressed its outrage over Rushdie not able to make for the visit to the festival.

The major drama begin in during the festival was when the two authors, Hari Kunzru and Amitava Kumar read the extracts from Salman Rushdie’s controversial novel “The Satanic Verses”, as an mark of protest for Rushdie not able to attend the Literary festival.

Just before his reading, Kunzru tweeted: “About to defy bigots and shoe throwers, reading @SalmanRushdie Satanic Verses on stage with @amitavakumar at #jaipur #jlf (sic).” After his reading he also read out Rushdie’s tweet in which he thanked him for his work. Organizers asked him to read from that, but he continued it. Later Rushdie also tweeted “”@amitavakumar says organizers asked him not to continue reading from Satanic Verses.” Willie, Sanjoy: why did this happen?” Willie referring to William Dalrymple and Sajoy to Sanjay K Roy, the festival organizers. Later author Jeet Thayil and Ruchir Joshi also read from the Rushdie’s book.

Salman Rushdie was very sad on cancelling his visit to India in the Jaipur Literary Festival due to threats on his security, on listening this authors and the people present there showed their dismay on the micro blogging site “Twitter” and within minutes it was flooded with people’s reaction.