The government warned if Rushdie would read from his banned book The Satanic Verses or if a law and order problem would surface, cases would be filed against the organisers.
The Rushdie session —Midnight’s Child — is planned for 3.45pm. The author will discuss his childhood, his work, and the adaptation of his novel, Midnight’s Children, into a film. It is not clear if he will take questions. “We have had sessions in the past without the question-answer session — that is the author’s prerogative,” festival producer Sanjoy Roy said.
The police, Roy told mediapersons late in the evening, had asked for session details.
National secretary of the Jamaat-i-Islami Hind, Mohammed Salim Engineer, who was at the festival Monday, said the group would have protested Rushdie's visit and didn't rule out a protest against the video session.
“We have the right to protest. All sections and all ideologies should be allowed to express themselves,” he said.
with HT inputs.