Taslima resists

India Today has more detail on Taslima and the Jaipur Literary Festival.

After Bangladeshi writer and activist Taslima Nasreen’s impromptu session at the Jaipur Literature Festival drew a minor protest here, festival organisers said they will consider the protestors’ request of not reinviting her, a statement said.

“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.

It’s pretty shocking that Sanjoy Roy saw fit to let them dictate to him in that way.

A furious Taslima Nareen took to Twitter to express her disdain over reports that she may not be invited to future Jaipur Literature Festival events.

She did, yes. Of course she did. This crap has been persecuting her for more than two decades now.

The struggle never ends.

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