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Deoband opposes Salman Rushdie's visit to Jaipur

Congress, Samajwadi Party, RLD support ban on Salman Rushdie's visit to India

ET Bureau Jan 11, 2012, 04.33AM IST

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NEW DELHI/LUCKNOW: The "secular parties" on Tuesday were falling over each other to coddle the fatwa-issuing clerics and support their latest directive not to allow Salman Rushdie to attend the literary festival at Jaipur later this month.

The state unit leaders of the Congress, Samajwadi Party and RLD welcomed Deoband's demand and agreed with the Islamic seminary's stand that his presence would offend the sensibilities of the Muslim community.

Rushdie, who has been periodically targeted by the Muslim street for his 1998 novel The Satanic Versus, is scheduled to participate in a discussion on 'Inglish, Amlish, Hinglish: The chutnification of English' at Jaipur.

Deoband rector Maulana Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani had on Monday said that the seminary was demanding a ban on his visit as his "blasphemous writings have hurt the sentiments of Muslims across the world".

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BJP minority cell opposes Salman Rushdie's proposed visit to Jaipur

Published: Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012, 13:40 IST
Place: Jaipur | Agency: PTI

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Opposing controversial author Salman Rushdie's proposed visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival, Rajasthan BJP's minority cell has asked the Congress-led state government not to allow him to enter the city.

The unit is drawing up a strategy to protest the proposed visit of the author. We will make sure that he is not allowed to enter the city, General Secretary of the Cell Munnawar Khan said.

"We will not let such an author, who hurt our religious sentiments by presenting wrong facts about prophet Mohammad, enter the city," Khan said.

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Old January 13th, 2012, 06:42 PM
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Salman Rushdie row: BJP slams Congress

Published: Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012, 21:16 IST
Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

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BJP on Tuesday said the row over granting of visa to controversial author Salman Rushdie was the creation of the Congress-led government at the Centre as it wanted to take political mileage ahead of the Assembly polls by first inviting him and then cancelling his visit.

"The Congress government had first proposed this idea by inviting Rushdie for the literary festival in Jaipur and now for political reasons it wants to dispose him," BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said when asked about the controversy.

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Old January 13th, 2012, 06:45 PM
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Re: Deoband opposes Salman Rushdie's visit to Jaipur

No bar on Rushdie visit to India: government

New Delhi, January 11, 2012

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The government on Tuesday ruled out barring Salman Rushdie from visiting India in the wake of a demand by a top Islamic seminary to cancel his visa, even as the controversial author said he did not need a visa to come to this country.

Official sources say 65-year-old Rushdie holds a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card which entitles him to visit the country without a visa.

The sources said since the PIO card guaranteed hassle-free travel without any document, Mr. Rushdie was not required to apply for visa to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival this month end.

“He had travelled to India in the past using the PIO card. We have never stopped him. We have no intention of stopping any PIO cardholder from travelling to his or her home country in future either,” a source said.

Mr. Rushdie remained unfazed over the demand by Darul Uloom Deoband to block his planned trip to India and suggested it was misplaced.

“Regarding my Indian visit, for the record, I don't need a visa,” posted Rushdie on micro-blogging site Twitter after Deoband demanded that the Indian government cancel the author's visa as he had hurt religious sentiments of Muslims in the past. Indian-origin Mr. Rushdie also had a British passport.

“Why should Congress stop this [Mr. Rushdie's trip],” Union Law Minister Salman Khursheed asked. “If there is a legal provision to stop someone then it should be put [to use]. But whatever step is taken should be taken within the legal framework… not outside it,” he said.

Vice-Chancellor of Darul Uloom Maulana Abul Qasim Nomani said on Monday that the “Indian government should cancel his visa as Mr.Rushdie had annoyed the religious sentiments of Muslims in the past.”

BJP's Nirmala Seetharaman alleged there was a “very big game” behind the visa row and accused the Congress of being behind it. Samajwadi Party's Shahid Siddiqui said the government's approach exposed its “double standards” on the issue of giving travel documents to Mr. Rushdie and the late painter M.F. Husain. — PTI

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Re: Deoband opposes Salman Rushdie's visit to Jaipur

Lagta hai jan geedhar ki maut aati hi to woh India ki ore jaata jai

Why tf does he want to go to India
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Re: Deoband opposes Salman Rushdie's visit to Jaipur

Rushdie has a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card, so needs no visa to enter India. Some of these politicians seem unaware of this.

Nobody is publicly defending Rushdie as a great novelist or one who has a right to express his opinions. Not the Congress, not the BJP, not anybody else. Each party is only interested in analyzing the motivations of the others (based on thin facts), not in the main issue. In fact, the main issues of freedom of expression and tolerance don't even come up in the discourse.

Elections coming up in barely a couple of months in UP. So they want to stoke some issue believing it will fetch them some votes.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 06:56 PM
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Re: Deoband opposes Salman Rushdie's visit to Jaipur

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Lagta hai jan geedhar ki maut aati hi to woh India ki ore jaata jai

Why tf does he want to go to India
He is attending the Jaipur literary festival. He is scheduled to speak on "Chutnification of Indian English."

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Re: Deoband opposes Salman Rushdie's visit to Jaipur

So congress is not bothered about muslim votes this time ?
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Re: Deoband opposes Salman Rushdie's visit to Jaipur

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So congress is not bothered about muslim votes this time ?
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Politics on useless things.
It's not Congress that raised the issue. It's the Deoband people. Congress may not have anything to do with this.

Elections are coming up in UP. So the Deoband folks have raked up some old, dead issue. Public may not be interested in this issue though. May be the Deoband people feel they can milk the issue and gain some advantage. It's interesting to see all the reactions of the political parties though.
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Re: Deoband opposes Salman Rushdie's visit to Jaipur

Salman Rushdie must be ready for some dharna outside Jaipur literary festival along with the organizers by congress, and if possible,BSP and SP


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Re: Deoband opposes Salman Rushdie's visit to Jaipur

Congress has scuttled Rushdie's visit. They could easily have provided him security, but they chose not to, with the lame excuse that they had conveniently discovered a fictitious plot to assassinate Rushdie. Congress is up to its old tricks; this time appeasing the Deoband, the spiritual mentors of the Taliban.


This is what Congress privately told Rushdie:

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20 January 2012

Salman Rushdie pulls out of Jaipur literature festival

"I have now been informed by intelligence sources in Maharashtra and Rajasthan that paid assassins from the Mumbai underworld may be on their way to Jaipur to 'eliminate' me," Mr Rushdie said in a statement read out at the festival.

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Congress seems to be saying something else in public:

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January 20, 2012, 3:19 PM IST

Rushdie Cancels Jaipur Visit

Ira Joshi, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Home Affairs, tried to distance the government from the issue.

“The government has nothing to do with Salman Rushdie’s visit. This matter is strictly between the festival organizers and Rushdie. To ensure adequate security at the event, we have appointed an advisory body for the Rajasthan state government,” she told India Real Time, adding that she wasn’t aware of any threats against Mr. Rushdie.

An official at the headquarters of the Rajasthan state police in Jaipur added that Mr. Rushdie would have been provided with security if he’d come to the festival.

“All security measures have been taken care of keeping in mind the high profile speakers and attendees at the festival,” he said, adding that he also wasn’t aware of any threats against the author.

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The Indian government has officially admitted that it cannot control its own territory?
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Re: Deoband opposes Salman Rushdie's visit to Jaipur

Where are those who claim to be liberal and cry for equality!!!!!

Fo example Mahesh Bhatt, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Tarun Tejpal, Arundhati Roy etc.....
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first time well job done.

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