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Gloria Steinem, Jaipur Lit Fest
Picture for Repesentational PurposesGloria Steinem, Jaipur Lit Fest

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Salman Rushdie
'Making Rushdie's visit public a tragic mistake'Sanjoy K Roy says that perhaps it would have been better not to have announced the visit of the Midnight's Children author, that ultimately almost hijacked this edition of the festival

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Markandey Katju and Salman Rushdie
Katju slams Rushdie's literary workThe Press Council of India chairman feels Rushdie is a poor and substandard writer, who became famous because of The Satanic Verses.

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Salman Rusdhie
How Gehlot scuttled Rushdie's visitCentral agencies were asked to ensure all help to him to keep the writer away.

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Salman Rushdie
Rushdie is a poor writer: Justice KatjuKatju says Rushdie admirers suffer from "colonial inferiority complex."

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Author Salman Rushdie with a copy of his banned book The Satanic Verses.
Reading The Satanic Verses not a punishable offence, say legal expertsThe experts opine that downloading The Satanic Verses from the internet was not banned, nor reading the book was a punishable offence.

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Salman Rushdie
Rushdie row rules Jaipur Lit Fest 2012The author says free speech was stifled by denying him a chance to speak at the event.

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Salman Rushdie
Free speech stifled at Lit Fest: RushdieThe video session of Rushdie was cancelled after protests outside the venue.

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Rahul Bose and Tarun Tejpal and Javed Akhtar
Quotes from Day 5 of Jaipur Lit FestWriters, actors and activists at the Jaipur Literature Festival were furious after the scheduled video chat of author Salman Rushdie was cancelled.

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Visitors at the Jaipur Literature Festival
Day 5 of Jaipur Literary Fest: Highs and lowsSalman Rushdie's slated appearance via video didn't happen. Organisers had to seek special permission from the Rajasthan government and the police department for what was essentially going to be a webcam chat, albeit with a rather wide broadcast.

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Javed Akhtar and Gulzar
Gulzar, Akhtar mesmerise all at Jaipur Lit-FestJaved Akhtar and Gulzar steal the show with their session Kahani Kisko Kehte Hai?

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Salman Rushdie
Protests pull plug on Rushdie's video chatA group of hardliners protested outside the Festival venue in Jaipur.

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Salman Rushdie
Got inputs of threat to Rushdie: Raj govtThe Rajasthan govt says SIMI was planning to target Salman Rushdie during the Lit Fest.

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Salman Rushdie
Rushdie controversy is case of match-fixing: BJPThe BJP accuses the Congress of using the controversy surrounding the author to gain political mileage in the Uttar Pradesh polls.

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Fans of Oprah Winfrey
Day 4 of Jaipur Literary Fest: Highs and lowsDay 4 already has an air of closure, as folks work their way back into the week. While attendance has held reasonably steady, the huge surges of people traversing the corridors of Diggi Palace have largely reconfigured into containable crowds.

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Salman Rushdie with a copy of his book 'The Satanic Verses'.
Complaints against organisers, authors over The Satanic Verses readingThe festival organisers, who had issued a strong statement distancing themselves from the actions of the four authors, have dismissed reports which said the writers have been forced to leave.

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Fatima Bhutto
Jaipur: Fatima and Ayesha question Imran's leadershipPakistani author Fatima Bhutto questions Imran Khan's credentials as a genuine alternative to the current political class in Pakistan.

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Academic Amitava Kumar (left) and Hari Kunzru
Absence of Rushdie weighs on Jaipur Lit FestBritish-Indian writer Hari Kunzru lashes out at the political opportunism of the government.

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Oprah Winfrey
Karmic calmness keeps Indians moving: OprahChat show goddess Oprah Winfrey says being in the country has expanded her idea of humanity.

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Salman Rushdie
Jaipur: Rushdie's video link under cloudOrganisers of the Jaipur Lit Fest say they will abide by the law.

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Salman Rushdie
Kunzru defends reading Rushdie's book at Lit FestThe author says he wanted to give a voice to Salman Rushdie.

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Kalli Purie
A fit body is the best costume: Kalli PurieThe session at the Jaipur Lit Festival had an unequivocal take-home message.

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Author Salman Rushdie with a copy of his banned book The Satanic Verses
Complaint against The Satanic Verses readingThe complainant said the authors read out the passages from the book which is banned in several countries across the world including India.

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Oprah Winfrey
The day dawned grey in Jaipur and all the highlighted comparisons of the 2012 Jaipur Literature Festival to the Kumbh Mela palled in the low light.

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Oprah Winfrey
My life is a Taj Mahal: Oprah WinfreyOprah says she is impressed by India's "glorious" family tradition and will love to return.

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Salman Rushdie
Writers seek removal of ban on The Satanic VersesA group of independent writers presents a petition supporting the right of all artists and writers to freedom of expression presented to the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival's co-director William Dalrymple.

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Amy Chua
A lesson in Chinese disciplineAuthor Amy Chua, who wrote Battle Hymn of The Tiger Mother, says she was surprised that anyone at all wanted to read her book since it was a personal memoir.

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Shehan Karunatila
An award winner's witty confidenceShehan Karunatila skillfully uses sport and the notion of fair play to look at Sri Lanka in a fresh and exciting way in his book, Chinaman.

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Author clears Gandhi sex life misunderstandingAuthor Joseph Lelyveld refutes claims he portrayed Mahatma Gandhi as bisexual in his book.

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Day 2 of Jaipur Literary Fest: Highs and lowsThe much talked about Jaipur Literary Festival kicked off on January 20. Here are a few highs and lows of the Asia's largest literary festival.

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Salman Rushdie
Police plays down Rushdie's outrageRushdie says police lied to him that there was a threat to his life in Jaipur.

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Chetan Bhagat
Don't treat banned authors as heroes: Chetan BhagatThe celebrated Indian writer disapproved of authors of books banned for allegedly hurting religious sentiments being made 'heroes'.

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Shehan Karunatilake
Shehan wins DSC prize at Jaipur FestShehan Karunatilaka wins an award worth $50,000 for his much-acclaimed Chinaman.

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Visitors at the Jaipur Lit Fest
What happened on Day 2 of Jaipur Lit FestThe first weekend day at the Jaipur Literature Festival tends to be the busiest. Saturday was no different. Here are a few interesting snippets from Day 2 of the festival.

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Chetan Bhagat with John Elliott
Amusing quotes from Day 2 of Jaipur Lit FestivalThe much talked about Jaipur Literary Festival kickstarted on Friday. Here are a few amusing quotes from Day 2 of Asia's largest literary festival.

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Academic Amitava Kumar (left) and Hari Kunzru
Rushdie's Verses had Jaipur Lit Fest in tizzySalman Rushdie cancelling his Jaipur trip is being seen as a possible move by the government keeping in mind the Muslim sentiments ahead of the polls in UP.

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Guests at the Day one of Jaipur Literature Festival
Jaipur Festival: Of faux genius and the truly giftedThe scary thing about meeting writers is that most are known by name before face, so it's quite likely that I bumped into a few, only I don't know.

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Oprah Winfrey to don green Sabyasachi sari at Jaipur Literature FestivalAn apple green sari with an embroidered black choli is what celebrity talk show host Oprah Winfrey will wear to a dinner at the City Palace as part of the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival.

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William Dalrymple
What happened on Day 1 of Jaipur Lit FestThe much talked about Jaipur Literary Festival kickstarted on Friday. Here are a few snippets from Day 1 of Asia's largest literary festival.

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Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie skips Jaipur Lit FestHe rubbishes reports that Mumbai underworld is planning to "eliminate" him.

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Sanjoy Roy, Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple.
Jaipur Lit Fest organisers keep mum on RushdieJaipur Literature Festival's producer Sanjoy Roy, co-founders author Namita Gokhale and historian-novelist William Dalrymple describe the fest as the "Kumbh Mela of Indian and international writing".

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Salman Rushdie
Muslim groups threatens stir if Rushdie visits JaipurOrganisers say that they have not resent the invitation but adds they stand by their invite to Rushdie.

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William Dalrymple
Stage set for Jaipur Lit Festival 2012The annual Jaipur Literature Festival kicks off at Diggi Palace on January 20.

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Rushdie may attend the Jaipur literature festThe Union Home Ministry has asked both the Rajasthan and Delhi governments to ensure the author's security.

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Chetan Bhagat
Chetan Bhagat slams govt, backs Rushdie's India visitBhagat, one of the few authors to have come out in Salman Rushdie's support, tweets, "A govt with a PhD PM is listening to fundamentalists. Sad."