Jaipur literature fest ends

The seventh edition of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival concluded here on Tuesday on a rainy day with organisers vowing to maintain the event as a platform to celebrate the freedom of speech and expression.

‘We have always advocated this festival to be a platform supporting freedom of expression for authors and even visitors. We will keep this spirit going in the next editions as well,’ festival producer, Sanjoy Roy said on Tuesday.

Appreciating the city police’s support Roy said, ‘We are thankful to the police who ensured that the session went on peacefully and there were no disruptions. Jaipur is the perfect venue for this festival.’ The five-day festival, had become a major calendar event for the literary world since first inception in 2006 and had seen its share of controversies had this time too a whiff of the same.

On the penultimate day, activists of a Rajput outfit protested against the presence of filmmaker Ekta Kapoor, objecting to the title of her TV serial Jodha Akbar, which they claimed presented their culture in bad light. However, the protesters were pushed outside the venue and the event continued.
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