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Pakistani authors will be at Jaipur Lit Fest, says Sanjoy Roy

Rarely do Islamist groups and right wing group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh find common ground but when it comes to banning authors from the upcoming Jaipur Literature Fest, both sides want authors banned, although for different reasons.

The RSS and BJP have reportedly come out in opposition to the attendance of Pakistani authors at the literature festival over the recent rise in tensions between India and Pakistan, CNN-IBN reported.

The literature fest took place last year amidst high security. AFP

According to police officials, the BJP and RSS units in the state had expressed their opposition to the attendance of the Pakistani authors at the event. However, they said all precautions had been taken for the festival and said organisers of the festival had assured them that no material by Rushdie was to be read out this year.

However, one of the organisers of the festival Sanjoy Roy said, "We should not entertain war mongering, Pakistani authors will come to Jaipur Lit fest."

Islamist groups have reportedly sought a ban on all authors who read out passages from Salman Rushdie's controversial and banned 'Satanic Verses' during last year's event, ibnlive reported.

As per the statement issued by the groups to the organisers of the annual literature festival, the authors Amitava Kumar, Ruchir Joshi, Jeet Thayil and Hari Kunzru, should be banned from the event for reading from the controversial book last year.

Rushdie had not turned up at the literature festival last year after some groups threatened to disrupt it. While the author did not attend the sessions he was scheduled to, four authors had read passages from the 'Satanic Verses' as a mark of protest against the author not being allowed to attend.

The festival starts on 24 January.

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