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Rushdie�s video address cancelled

By The Assam Tribune

JAIPUR, Jan 24 � Controversial author Salman Rushdie�s planned video address to the Literature Festival here was cancelled at the last minute today over fears of violence following protests by Muslim groups, a decision that triggered an outrage in the literary community.

On a day of flip-flops by the Rajasthan Administration and the Police, the cancellation, which some authors said raised questions of freedom of expression in India, dashed the hopes of Rushdie�s virtual participation after he pulled out of the festival at Diggi Palace.

The 65-year-old India-born author, who dominated the proceedings at the five-day Jaipur Literature Festival which ended today, described as �awful� the cancellation.

�Threat of violence by Muslim groups stifled free speech today. In a true democracy all get to speak, not just the ones making threats,� Rushdie tweeted shortly after his event was called off.

The scrapping of the video link was announced by an emotional Festival producer Sanjoy Roy who called it �unfortunate but necessary� after Ram Pratap Singh, owner of the venue, said he has taken the decision to disallow the video link with Rushdie on the advice of the Rajasthan police. � PTI

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Rushdie�s video address cancelled

JAIPUR, Jan 24 � Controversial author Salman Rushdie�s planned video address to the Literature Festival here was cancelled at the last minute today over fears of violence following protests by Muslim groups, a decision that triggered an outrage in the literary community.

On a day of flip-flops by the Rajasthan Administration and the Police, the cancellation, which some authors said raised questions of freedom of expression in India, dashed the hopes of Rushdie�s virtual participation after he pulled out of the festival at Diggi Palace.

The 65-year-old India-born author, who dominated the proceedings at the five-day Jaipur Literature Festival which ended today, described as �awful� the cancellation.

�Threat of violence by Muslim groups stifled free speech today. In a true democracy all get to speak, not just the ones making threats,� Rushdie tweeted shortly after his event was called off.

The scrapping of the video link was announced by an emotional Festival producer Sanjoy Roy who called it �unfortunate but necessary� after Ram Pratap Singh, owner of the venue, said he has taken the decision to disallow the video link with Rushdie on the advice of the Rajasthan police. � PTI