JAIPUR LITERATURE FESTIVAL 2012

  • Sentiments vs freedom: Rushdie issue festers January 30, 2012

    New Delhi: Days after Salman Rushdie was not allowed to speak at the Jaipur Literature Festival, the issue continues to touch a raw nerve among Muslim clerics and intellectuals even as liberals excoriate the brazen violation of a writer's freedom of creative expression. "It was the right thing not to let...
  • Police stood by us on Rushdie: JLF Organiser January 29, 2012

    New Delhi: Jaipur literature Festival organiser Sanjoy Roy has claimed that JLF organisers chose to call off controversial author Salman Rushdie's video link even after the Rajasthan police promised protection. While speaking exclusively to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, he admitted that it was the festival organisers who decided to...
  • Rushdie row: Religion misused, says Vikram Seth January 26, 2012

    Kolkata: Criticising the government for the controversy surrounding Salman Rushdie's visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival, novelist Vikram Seth on Thursday said the affair was whipped up because of "power", "politics" and "misuse of religion". "The whole affair was whipped up because of power and politics and because of the...
  • JLF: Did the Rajasthan govt fail to protect artistic freedom? January 25, 2012

    CNNIBN's Sagarika Ghose and writer Anurag Anand discuss the row over Salman Rushdie's video link cancellation. ...
  • Rushdie blames politics for his gagging at JLF January 25, 2012

    New Delhi: Gagged not once but twice from participating in the Jaipur Literature Festival, controversial author Salman Rushdie says he won't back down and will keep coming back to India. He also blamed the government for bowing to, who he called, religious gangsters. Rushdie said that he was 'shocked' and...
  • Rushdie controversy about politics and not free speech? January 24, 2012

    Rushdie was given permission to address the Jaipur Lit fest through video link but was forced to cancel the appearance after protests. ...
  • Rushdie video cancellation: How the day unfolded January 24, 2012

    Jaipur: The planned video address by celebrated author Salman Rushdie at the Jaipur Literature Festival was scrapped at the last minute on Tuesday because of security fears. Expressing regret over a situation that he described as 'fairly idiotic', The festival producer Sanjoy Roy said "We are having to step...
  • Editor's take: The Rushdie video cancellation row January 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Booker winning author Salman Rushdie's video conference was cancelled amidst high drama and following protests by Muslim groups at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Tuesday. The cancellation raises questions on not just the state government, but also the organisers and the freedom of expression. IBN18 EditorinChief Rajdeep Sardesai's take...
  • JLF: Has the state of Rajasthan bowed down to protestors? January 24, 2012

    Lawyer Akhil Sibal, AIMPLB memberlawyer Zafaryab Jilani and social activist Shabnam Hashmi discuss the Salman Rushdie video conference row. ...
  • I'll keep coming to India, deal with it: Rushdie January 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Booker winning author Salman Rushdie on Tuesday made it clear that he will keep coming to India despite the events that unfolded in the recent past. In an interview with the television news channel NDTV, Rushdie said, "It's a personal disappointment, but I will keep coming back to...
  • Rushdie video cancellation not a big issue: Singhvi January 24, 2012

    Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said on Tuesday that the media was losing a sense of proportion and balance in the Salman Rushdie video conference issue. "We are losing a sense of proportion and balance in this issue. It is not such a great issue for us to exercise over minds...
  • JLF: Activist Kavita Srivastava slams Milli Council January 24, 2012

    Human rights activist Kavita Srivastava on Tuesday condemned the organisations which disrupted Salman Rushdie's video link that was supposed to take place at 3.45 PM. Slamming the Jaipurbased Milli Council, she said the threat to the author and the Lit Fest was very disturbing. ...
  • Freedom of speech needs a relook: Rahul Bose January 24, 2012

    In the ongoing Rushdie row at the Jaipur Literature Festival, actor Rahul Bose drew attention to the limitations in the Constitution concerning freedom of expression in the country. "We need to take a look at 'Freedom of Speech' under the Constitution of India. We need to campaign for change," he...
  • Rushdie is welcome to visit Delhi: Sheila Dikshit January 24, 2012

    Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said she did not want to get into a controversy and that Delhi welcomes everyone. ...
  • Scrapping video at Jaipur Lit Fest awful: Rushdie January 24, 2012

    New Delhi/Jaipur: Disappointed over the cancellation of his video conference at the Jaipur Literature Festival, Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie called the decision 'awful'. "#JLF Videolink cancellation: awful...," Rushdie tweeted on Tuesday. Rushdie's live video conference at Jaipur Literature Festival was cancelled on Tuesday, following protests by Jaipurbased Milli Council. Several...
  • Rushdie should have been allowed to come: Jaitley January 24, 2012

    Jalandhar: Slamming the government for "bowing to fundamentalists", Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said controversial author Salman Rushdie should have been allowed to come to India. A much awaited video address by Rushdie at the Jaipur Literature Festival was called off on Tuesday following protests by some...
  • I don't believe in the idea of banning books: Konkona Sen January 24, 2012

    Actress Konkona Sen said that she was disappointed, but not surprised by the cancellation of Rushdie's video link. ...
  • Do we need to redefine democracy, people at JLF question January 24, 2012

    People at the festival, who had come for Salman Rushdie's video conference were angry over the cancellation of the link. ...
  • Rushdie link cancellation not a govt decision: Raj Home Secy January 24, 2012

    Rajasthan Home Secretary GS Sandhu said that the government had given clearance and had no role in the cancellation of Rushdie's video link. ...
  • Rushdie video cancelled despite assurance: Police January 24, 2012

    Jaipur: Jaipur Police Commissioner BL Soni on Tuesday said that Salman Rushdie's live video conference at the Jaipur Literature Festival has been cancelled despite Rajasthan Police's assurance to the organisers to provide security. "Protestors were not in agreement with the organisers, and the organisers realised that there was quite a resistance...
  • 'Freedom of speech not an absolute right' January 24, 2012

    Pavan Kumar Varma, writer and diplomat from New Delhi, said on Tuesday that the Freedom of Speech was not an absolute right. "If one criticises Salman Rushdie, it does not mean that you are criticising the freedom of expression," he said. ...
  • Govt not coming clean on Rushdie: Mark Tully January 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Writer Mark Tully on Tuesday slammed the government for not coming clean on the Salman Rushdie issue, saying if someone has offended religion sentiments then there is law to deal with it. "Salman Rushdie should have been allowed to enter in this country because that is the law of...
  • Rushdie has hurt religious sentiments: AIMPLB January 24, 2012

    New Delhi: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) supported the cancellation of Booker prize winner Salman Rushdie's video link at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Tuesday, saying Rushdie had hurt religious sentiments in his book 'The Satanic Verses'. While the organisers said that the freedom of expression had become...
  • India is the greatest show on earth: Oprah January 24, 2012

    Celebrity talk show host Oprah Winfrey who was in India made a special appearance for a session at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2012. In an exclusive interview to CNNIBN's Suhasini Haider, she spoke about her experience in India and the Salman Rushdie controversy. Here is a full transcript of the...
  • Threat to Rushdie makes us look like cowards: Shekhar Kapur January 24, 2012

    Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur says that if at all there is a threat, we should think about everyone at the venue, not just an individual. ...
  • Best of the Jaipur Literature Festival 2012 January 24, 2012

    In this special CNNIBN show, we bring to you the best moments and personalities of the Jaipur Literature Festival 2012. ...
  • 'Had received inputs of SIMI threat to Rushdie' January 23, 2012

    Jaipur: Dismissing Salman Rushdie's charge that the state police had invented a "plot" to keep him away from the Literature Festival, the Rajasthan government on Monday night said it had received intelligence inputs that the banned SIMI was planning to target him during the festival. "Salman Rushdie's allegation on Rajasthan police...
  • I don't regret reading from Rushdie's book: Joshi January 23, 2012

    New Delhi: Author Ruchir Joshi on Monday said that he does not regret reading out extracts from Salman Rushdie's banned book 'The Satanic Verses' at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Talking to IBN18 EditorinChief Rajdeep Sardesai on Talking Point, Joshi said that he was even ready to do it again if...
  • JLF: Suspense prevails over Rushdie video address January 23, 2012

    The Rushdie controversy continues to cloud Jaipur's Literature Festival. The author is unlikely to be given permission to mark his presence through video conferencing at the festival tomorrow. According to sources, the police may reject the organisers' request for Rushdie's video conference session citing law and order concerns. A police...
  • Rushdie row 'matchfixing' by IB, jehadis: BJP January 23, 2012

    New Delhi: Dubbing the controversy surrounding controversial author Salman Rushdie as a case of "match fixing" between intelligence agencies and "jehadis", the BJP on Monday accused the Congress of using it to gain political mileage in pollbound Uttar Pradesh. "It is a clear case of match fixing between intelligence agencies and...