Uncertainty over Salman Rushdie India visit; Request to ensure protection of the native guest : The Human Rescue Team

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17 January 2012 Last updated at 05:52 GMT

Uncertainty over Salman Rushdie India visit

Uncertainty looms over the participation of author Salman Rushdie at an Indian literary festival after protests by an Islamic seminary.

Mr Rushdie is due to attend the five-day Jaipur Literature Festival beginning on Friday.

He sparked Muslim anger around the world with his book The Satanic Verses, which many regarded as blasphemous.

Mr Rushdie will not attend the festival on Friday and his name has been taken off the list of speakers.

“Salman Rushdie will not be in India on 20 January due to a change in his schedule. The festival stands by its invitation to Mr Rushdie,” the organisers said in a statement.

However, Mr Rushdie’s name has been taken off the list of speakers on the festival website – he was scheduled to speak at three sessions over three days.

‘Security risk’The Times Of India newspaper reported that the government of the state of Rajasthan – where Jaipur is located – had persuaded the organisers to “ask Mr Rushdie … to call off his visit”.

The newspaper said that the government was anxious as the author’s presence would create a “huge security risk”.

Last week, the Darul Uloom Deoband seminary’s Vice-Chancellor Maulana Abul Qasim Nomani called on the government to block Mr Rushdie’s visit by “cancelling his visa” as he “had annoyed the religious sentiments of Muslims in the past”.

“In case of no response from the government, the Darul Uloom Deoband will take appropriate action,” Mr Nomani said.

Darul Uloom is based in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, which is going to the polls in February. Several political parties have said they support the seminary’s demand.

Correspondents say no political party wants to antagonise the Muslim community, which constitutes 18% of the state’s voters.

The visit would not be Mr Rushdie’s first to India. He has made many private visits to the country and also visited the Jaipur Literary Festival in 2007.

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