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Actor-writer Girish Karnad addresses during the 7th edition of 'Bangalore Literature Festival' (BLF), in Bengaluru

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A group students disrupting former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar (unseen in the pic) programme during Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet at Rabindra Sarobar Lake, in Kolkata.

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HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar with Assam education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Rita Chowdhury Director of National Book Trust and others flagging off the Brahmaputra Literary Festival 2017 cultural rally, in Guwahati.

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Artists perform Telangana's traditional Gusadi dance at the 7th edition of LitFest, in Hyderabad.

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Simon Winchester, a British author and journalist at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2017, in Jaipur.

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Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP and a former diplomat at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2017, in Jaipur.

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Perumal Murugan, an author, scholar and literary chronicler who writes in Tamil at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2017, in Jaipur.

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Mei Fong, also known as Fong Foongmei, a Malaysian-Chinese-American journalist at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2017, in Jaipur.

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John Keay, a British historian, journalist, radio presenter and lecturer specialising in popular histories of India at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2017, in Jaipur.

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Gulzar, poet, lyricist and film director at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2017, in Jaipur.

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Alan Hollinghurst, an English novelist, poet, short story writer and translator at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2017, in Jaipur.

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James Barr, Christopher Sykes, Tarun Khanna and Robert F. Worth in conversation with Vedica Kant at Baithak, in Jaipur Literature Festival.

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People taking photos at Diggi Palace during the Jaipur Literature Festival, in Jaipur.

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Youngsters at Diggi Palace during the Jaipur Literature Festival, in Jaipur.

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The scene at Diggi Palace during the Jaipur Literature Festival 2017.

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Visitors during the Jaipur Literature Festival at Diggi Palace, in Jaipur.

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Visitors at the Jaipur Literature Festival at Diggi Palace, in Jaipur.

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Rajasthan Congress President Sachin Pilot during the Jaipur Literature Festival at Diggi Palace, in Jaipur.

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RSS leader Manmohan Vaidya and RSS Joint General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale in conversation with Pragya Tiwari during Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), at Diggi Palace, in Jaipur.

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Youngsters at Jaipur Literature Fest 2017 at Diggi Palace, in Jaipur.

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Entrance at Jaipur Literature Fest 2017 at Diggi Palace, in Jaipur.

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Bollywood actor-couple Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor during the Jaipur Literature Festival at Diggi Palace, in Jaipur.

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Poet and lyricist Gulzar speaks during the 10th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) at Diggi Palace, in Jaipur.

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Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev during the 10th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) at Diggi Palace, in Jaipur.

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, poet Gulzar and others at the Jaipur Literature Festival at Diggi Palace, in Jaipur.

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Noted author Shobha De with others participate in a candle light vigil on the closing day of Kolkata Literary Festival-2017, in Kolkata.

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Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and Michael Dawyer(R), UK based publisher during the inaugural day of 'Kolkata Literary Festival-2017', in Kolkata.

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Jnanpith Award winner Oriya writer Pratibha Ray is well-known for novels like Yajnaseni (1984) and Mahamoh (’98). A champion of equality, here she’s felicitated by Adoor Gopalakrishnan at the LIC Gateway Litfest in Mumbai.

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Femme Fatality Are Sharmila Tagore and Mehr Tarar exchanging notes on damage control at the Kolkata Lit Meet? Neither is a stranger to notoriety, although Mehr seems to have recovered pretty well from the storm around Sunanda Pushkar’s suicide: that cherry red coat certainly seals her status as the queen of dangerous liaisons.

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Writer Javed Aakthar talks with Trinamool Congress MP & Party deputy leader Derek-o-Brien during " Kolkata literaray meet" at Victoria Memorial hall, Kolkata.

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Authors Ayesh Jalal, Shazia Sikander, Venkat Dhulipala , Nisid Hajari, Urvashi Butalia and Yasmin Khan during the Jaipur Literature Festival at Diggi Palace.

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Author Mona Eltahawy at the Prithvi Theatre during Tata Literature Fest 2015 in Mumbai

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His Area of Light He may be old, infirm, but Sir Vidia's still got the gloves on. At the Jaipur jamboree, the crowds "were hanging on to his every word". Seen here with wife Nadira and session moderator Farrukh Dhondy.

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Preparations in full swing for upcoming the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 at Diggi Palace in Jaipur.

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Speak As You Write How prominently does Bollywood feature in the Mumbai litfest, one asks inevitably. Going by photos of worthies like Pawan Verma, Shobha De and Gulzar, the answer is a prominent positive. Tata Literature Live would certainly not have a better mix of the lowbrow, middlebrow and highbrow.

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At Home In Patna That brilliant, indefatigable visitor of literary meets, Vikram Seth, signs yet another autograph at the Patna Literature Festival, accompanied by Justice Leila Seth. But Seth also spoke out against the recent assault on Wendy Doniger's The Hindus: An Alternative History at the festival, which wasn't an usual Eurocentric affair, and laid equal emphasis on Maithili, Magahi and Angika literature.

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Amit Chaudhuri talks to Ian Jack about how studying English was the chosen path for aspiring writers at Kalam 2014, the Kolkata Lit Meet.

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Vikram Seth reads out from 'A Suitable Boy' at 'Polls Apart', with Mark Tully & Ramachandra Guha at Kalam 2014, the Kolkata Lit Meet.

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Vikram Seth autographs books for his fans at Kalam 2014, the Kolkata Lit Meet.

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Vikram Seth during a question-answer session at Kalam 2014, the Kolkata Lit Meet.

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Ready interpreter Jhumpa Lahiri autographs her books at the Jaipur Litfest

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Dayanita Singh launches her book, The File Room

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Fully booked Crowds at Diggi Palace, venue of JLF

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Writer Pavan Verma , BJP Senior Leader Murli Manohar Joshi with AAP leader Shazia Ilmi during the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.

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Jhumpa Lahiri at the Jaipur Literary Festival.

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Visitors browse through books during the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.

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Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva and other delegates listen to Nobel laureate Amartya Sen during Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.

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Nobel laureate Amartya Sen during the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.

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Maria Coffey speak at the festival

Rom Whitaker speak at the festival

William Dalrymple speak at the festival

Emmanuel Theophilus at the festival

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Students and other visitors mill around a book stall at the festival

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Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore (L) with former cricket captain Sourav Ganguly releases a book on Nawab Pataudi at Kolkata Literary Meet 2013 in Kolkata.

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Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan with sons Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan at Jaipur Literature Festival , in Jaipur.

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Dalit activists protest against Ashis Nandy's controversial remarks on corruption outside Diggi Palace, the venue of Jaipur Literature Festival, in Jaipur

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Renowned sociologist Ashis Nandy kicked up a row while speaking at a session 'Republic of Ideas' at Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur when he said that people from OBC, SC and ST communities were the "most corrupt", remarks that came under all round attack. Hours after Nandy made remarks at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival, an FIR was lodged with the police against him in Jaipur.

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Actress and social activist Shabana Azami at Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.

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Jeet Thayil receives the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature from Sharmila Tagore at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

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Pakistani author M.A. Farooqi speaks at session during the Jaipur Literature Festival.

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Mahasweta Devi delivers the keynote address during the opening of Jaipur Literature Festival.

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The Dalai Lama, gestures as he speaks on the opening day of the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.

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Salman Rushdie vs all comers Even a virtual Rushdie was banned from the Jaipur LitFest; so imminent, the state said, was the threat of a SIMI attack against the author of The Satanic Verses. Fortunately, the threats turned out to be the state’s own epic work of fiction. After, Rushdie also had a spat with Pankaj Mishra and faced down a stinging review of his memoir, Joseph Anton, by Zoe Heller.

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The litfests Along with film, art installations, they have replaced the 1990s obsession with beauty contests

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Former cricketer of Pakistan and founder of Tehriq-e-Insaf party Imran Khan gestures as he speaks on the topic of "Captaining a Nation on Cricket, Politics and Pakistan", at Kolkata Literary Meet in Kolkata.

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Spilling rage Muslims in Jaipur protest against Rushdie

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JLF organiser Sanjoy Roy announcing the cancellation of the link

The silencing... Muslim activists outside Diggi Palace protesting Salman Rushdie’s address via video link

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Officials announce the news of calling off Indian born British author Salman Rushdie's video conference at the Jaipur Literature Festival, in Jaipur. The organizers of the Indian literary festival called off a video conference with British author Salman Rushdie following protests by Muslim groups who considered his 1988 book "The Satanic Verses" blasphemous.

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A visitor reacts when he hears the news of Indian born British author Salman Rushdie's video conference being called off at the Jaipur Literature Festival, in Jaipur. The organizers of the Indian literary festival called off a video conference with British author Salman Rushdie following protests by Muslim groups who considered his 1988 book "The Satanic Verses" blasphemous.

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British writer on evolution and biology Richard Dawkins speaks about his idea about cultural evolution at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.

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Author and English professor at Columbia University James Shapiro arrives for a session at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur. The organizers of the Indian literary festival called off a video conference with British author Salman Rushdie following protests by Muslim groups who considered his 1988 book "The Satanic Verses" blasphemous.

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Author and English professor at Columbia University James Shapiro, left, talks with author William Dalrymple at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur. The organizers of the Indian literary festival called off a video conference with British author Salman Rushdie following protests by Muslim groups who considered his 1988 book "The Satanic Verses" blasphemous.

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American novelist Lionel Shriver, second right, talks as Indian filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj, right, Australian author Richard Flanagan, left, British play writer Tom Stoppard, second left, and Indian playwright and author Girish Kanard look on during a session at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

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Lebanese author of contemporary Arab women's literature Hanan al-Shaykhat, center, Egyptian-Moroccon television actress Houda Echouafni, left, and Indian publisher-writer Urvashi Butalia look on during a session on the story "Arabian Nights" at the Jaipur.

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Palestinian lawyer and writer Raja Shehadeh, (R) Kashmiri writer Iftikhar Gilani (2nd L) and Afghanistan-born writer Fatima Bhutto (2nd R) during the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.

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Famous writer and lyricists Javed Akhtar, right, talks with writer, poet and lyricist Gulzar during a session on what is a story, at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.

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Members of Jamaat-E-Islami Hind, an Islamic organization, talk to producer of the Jaipur Literature Festival, Sanjay Roy, second right, at the festival venue, in Jaipur.

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A fan of U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey shows a placard at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.

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Fans of U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey cheer at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.

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A Muslim stops others from protesting against Booker-Prize winning author Salman Rushdie, in Jaipur. Rushdie cancelled plans to appear at an Indian literature festival after protests from Muslim clerics and warnings that he could be targeted for assassination because of his controversial book, 'The Satanic Verses'.

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Sri Lankan-born Canadian novelist, poet and Booker Prize-winner Michael Ondaatje, left, talks with Amitava Kumar during the Jaipur Literature Festival, in Jaipur. Booker-Prize winning author Salman Rushdie cancelled plans to appear at an Indian literature festival Friday after protests from Muslim clerics and warnings that he could be targeted for assassination.

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Actor and playwriter Girish Karnad, left, in conversation with British playwriter David Hare during the Jaipur Literature Festival. Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie cancelled plans to appear at the Indian literature festival Friday after protests from Muslim clerics and warnings that he could be targeted for assassination over his controversial 'The Satanic Verses'.

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Escaped attention? Rushdie at the Jaipur litfest in 2007

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Scottish writer William Dalrymple, who is one of the organisers of the Jaipur Literature Festival looks on during a press conference in Jaipur. The five day Jaipur Literature Festival which starts from Jan. 20, will host over 250 global and Indian authors but also bring together over 100 performing artists from across the world. The organisers were of recent caught up in a controversy over the visit of Salman Rushdie, author of 'The Satanic Verses' as one of the speakers, which was opposed by Darul Uloom Deoband.

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Gulzar, Javed Akhtar and Vidhu Vinod Chopra at the Jaipur fest

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Sound and fury Sunburn festival, Goa

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High drama NSD Rang Mahotsav in Delhi

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Literary swell Crowds at the Jaipur litfest

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Onward to Okhla India Art Fair, Pragati Maidan, January 2011

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Maulana Abdul Rahim Qurashi, Assistant General Secretary All India Muslim Personal Law Board, addressing a meeting of the board in Hyderabad. The Board urged the Centre to deny visa to controversial author of 'Satanic Verses', Salman Rushdie, on the grounds that his participation in the Jaipur Literary Festival "would add to the hurt feelings of the Muslims".

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Lily Wangchuk, Shobhaa De at the litfest

Guest Of Honour India had been featured at the 58-year-old Frankfurt Book Fair once before, but that was some two decades ago. As the international flavour of the season, it was no surprise that India became the first country to be chosen for the second time as guest of honour. The Indian delegation included Mahashweta Devi, Girish Karnad, Namdeo Dhasal, Mamang Devi and Dilip Chitre, while as many as about 70 Indian writers including Amitav Ghosh and Kiran Desai presented their work at the five-day event. Hear it from Mahasweta Devi (who, incidentally, also received the Padma Vibushan earlier in the year): "Sixty years after our hard-won Independence, the khadi sari is India just as the mini-skirt and the backless choli is. A bullock cart is India just as much as is the latest Toyota and Mercedes car. Illiteracy haunts us yet the same India produces men and women at the forefront of medicine, science and technology. 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram' is India. 'Choli ke Picchey Kya Hai' is also India. The multiplex and the megamall is India. The snake charmer and the maharishi-that too is India."

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