Pratistha Batra (St Marks 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. Hes 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 dont know when but Im an optimist.
Sonali Jain (St Marks 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 dont think youd have the kind of play you had.
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