JLF Faces Threat From Muslim Groups, BJP-RSS

JLF Faces Threat From Muslim Groups, BJP-RSS
Ahead of the Jaipur Literary Festival, both Muslim groups and Hindu right wingers seem to have made their share of demands.

Muslim groups today warned organisers against inviting authors who hurt religious sentiments of the community, including the four who had read out passages from Salman Rushdie's banned Satanic Verses at the event last year.

"If any author, who has courted controversy by hurting the sentiments of the community, comes here to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival, we will oppose and they will have to face strong action," Mujahid Naqvi, a Muslim scholar, said today.

"One of the four authors, Jeet Thayil, who read a passage from Satanic Verses last year, is also scheduled to participate this year also and we oppose this. Four authors – Jeet Thayil, Ruchir Joshi, Hari Kunzuru and Amitava Kumar – read from the banned book which tantamount to legal action," he said.

This was decided at the 'Azeemusshan Azmat-E- Namoos-E-Rasool’ conference held here yesterday by Muslim groups of the state, and this is the feeling of the community, he said.

Another scholar, Sajid Sehrai, who organised the conference, said the organisers of the literature festival should ensure that no author or speaker, who has hurt sentiments of the community, attends the event.

Meanwhile, BJP and the RSS have opposed the participation of Pakistani authors in the festival, after the recent killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops near the Line of Control near in Poonch.
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