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The Indian Express Visiting Scholars

Idea Exchange provides students with an opportunity to interact with power influencers and thought leaders,besides our own journalists. This week’s guests were Sanjay Roy and Namita Gokhale,organisers of the Jaipur Literary Festival.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 20, 2012 1:15:19 am

Pratistha Batra (St Mark’s School,Janakpuri): Do you believe stopping Rushdie from participating in the festival was an attack on his rights?

Gokhale: Rushdie was not stopped from coming. He’s the one who decided not to come,for his own safety and the safety of the others in the audience. We do have to get him another year,for sure. I don’t know when but I’m an optimist.

Sonali Jain (St Mark’s School,Janakpuri): Do you think the next time you invite Rushdie,this issue will come up again?

Roy: I think it will happen for a while because people have tasted blood. If there was a clear statement from all the governments concerned,if political parties had stayed out of this controversy and said he had a right to come,I don’t think you’d have the kind of play you had.

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