So finally the largest democracy in the world, India, succumbs to the threats of a minority. India you have fallen in the eyes of the world. You are not a democratic nation because your politicians pimp for votes from the Muslim minority. Your politicians play the caste card every time elections come round. Hang your head in shame.
Further, the Rajasthan government should have protected the Jaipur Literary Festival participants, as well as, the visitors. But from media reports it appears that they have orchestrated this drama to appease the Muslim Voters in U.P.
Today we witness the death of free speech in India.
Controversial author Salman Rushdie’s video conference at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur has been called off finally after much flip flop over it in Jaipur. The much awaited video address by controversial author Salman Rushdie came under a cloud again following protests by
Earlier, producer of the festival Sanjoy Roy had said Rushdie’s address was on as scheduled.
Nearly 30 angry representatives of various Islamic organisations in Jaipur tried to enter the venue of the festival on Tuesday noon in protest against the video address by Rushdie, author of the banned book The Satanic Verses.
The protesters led by All India Milli Council leader, Paiker Farukh, a lawyer, who alleged that “the festival was trying to portray author Salman Rushdie as a hero”.
“We have every right to protest in a democratic manner and if the Muslim population of Jaipur comes out in protest, you cannot prevent us. You cannot take us for a ride… we are not fools,” Farukh told the media outside the venue at Diggi Palace.
The Muslim organisations had filed a petition at the court of an executive magistrate in Jaipur seeking a directive against Rushdie’s address following which the court had summoned four organisers of the festival. But the organisers failed to turn up, a representative of the Muslim delegation said.
Police were summoned to placate the protesters. The commissioner of police reassured the protesters that their interests would be taken into account.
“We don’t know about the fate of Rushdie’s video address,” a member of the core committee of the organisers then said.
Rushdie had called off his visit to Jaipur citing threats to his life from “paid assassins”. But later he accused Rajasthan Police of hatching a plot about hitmen to keep him away from the festival where he was expected to be the star attraction. Some Muslim groups had also protested his proposed visit. But then the festival organisers said he would address the festival through a video link.
At 12 noon Tuesday, Roy, the producer of the festival, had said, “We are going ahead with the link at 3.45 pm, it will be the session originally planned — Midnight’s Child — and his book’s adaptation and his life and works and the problems he has faced in the past years.