Jaipur lit fest organisers not to invite Taslima Nasreen from next year

Jaipur Literature Festival organisers said in a statement on Tuesday that Bangladeshi writer and activist Taslima Nasreen whose impromptu session at the festival yesterday drew a minor protest will not be invited from next year.

Jaipur lit fest organisers not to invite Taslima Nasreen from next year

Jaipur Literature Festival organisers said in a statement on Tuesday that Bangladeshi writer and activist Taslima Nasreen whose impromptu session at the festival yesterday drew a minor protest will not be invited from next year.

Nasreen made controversial remarks supporting Uniform Civil Code at a session at the festival on Monday causing protests from the audience.

"They expressed their anger. I heard them out. Explained we supported minorities in every way. Underscored that we are a platform for all points of view. Agreed that we should consider their request not to reinvite them," Sanjoy K Roy, Producer of JLF, said.


Protesting organisations including Rajasthan Muslim Forum, All India Milli Council, Jamaat-e-Islami and Muslim Personal Law Board, had said yesterday that the writer, who has been living in exile since 1994 after facing the ire of fundamentalists, was a "disputed" personality.

They demanded that no invitation must be extended to the writer again.

"Nasreen is a disputed personality. JLF organisers did not name her in the schedule in JLF booklet. Organisers played hide and seek game and police administration too supported her and allowed her in a session. So we had gone to protest.

"We had a meeting with organisers where producer Sanjoy Roy promised that they will not provide platform to Salman Rushdie and Nasreen from next year," Mehrunnisa Khan, state president of Women India Movement, had told PTI yesterday.