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Vikram Seth blames elections for Rushdie episode

"A writer was not even allowed to address a video conferencing. He was not even allowed to speak on his book that was banned in 1988. Frankly speaking, this is madness,' Seth said, while inaugurating the Kolkata Literary Meet on Thursday evening at the 36th International Kolkata Book Fair venue.

books Updated: Jan 26, 2012 15:25 IST

Poet-novelist Vikram Seth on Thursday lambasted the government for the Salman Rushdie episode at Jaipur Literature Festival that ended on Tuesday.

"A writer was not even allowed to address a video conferencing. He was not even allowed to speak on his book that was banned in 1988. Frankly speaking, this is madness,' Seth said, while inaugurating the Kolkata Literary Meet on Thursday evening at the 36th International Kolkata Book Fair venue.

"You have no right to go to the three monkeys and cover their eyes, ears and mouth with your own hands," Seth read out from a written statement.

"It happened because of the upcoming assembly elections. It's all about power, politics and misuse of religion. Nothing happened when he visited the Jaipur festival 5 years ago. And the government just enforced this disgrace," he added.

While arguing that the God and his prophets do not need bullies to defend themselves, the author said, "We can't let them break our pens. Let our pens flourish."