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New Delhi: “I think India is a tolerant country, but some people are intolerant. In every society, there are some people who are intolerant,” Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen said at an event, referring to recent violence in Malda in West Bengal.

It’s time to focus not just on Hindu fundamentalists, but also Muslim fundamentalists, Nasreen added.

Nasreen participated in the discussion on ‘Coming of the Age of Intolerance’ at the ongoing Delhi Literature Festival at Dilli Haat, where she said “If we do not open our mouths, society will not evolve. Of course, we should fight misogyny, religious fundamentalism, and all kinds of evil forces only to make the society better”.

On the contrary, Mr. Sudheendra Kulkarni, BJP ideologue and writer, said “There is no freedom whatsoever to show any religion in bad light, knowing that it will hurt sentiments and insult others. I completely disagree that writers should have absolute freedom. Freedom must be exercised with responsibility”. He further exclaimed that India as a country was “essentially tolerant.” (Photo: www.jagoroniya.com)

 

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5th Delhi Literature Festival to start from February 10 at Delhi Haat

The event is supposed to host famous authors like Ashok vajpeyi, Tasleema Nasreen and William Dalrymple along with a panel discussion on 'Demonitization: Intent, Implementation and Impact'

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New Delhi, February 4:  The fifth edition of DelhiLiterature Festival is all set to start from February 10. The event is supposed to host a number of dignified speakers including famous authors like Ashok Vajpeyi, William Dalrymple and Taslima Nasreen among others.

The three-day-festival will inaugurate with a session by Swapna Liddle, author of “Chandni Chowk: The Mughal City of Old Delhi” where she will dive deeper into the different facets and prospects of the old walled metropolis, mentions PTI

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The launch of “Dream Nation: Dear Kalam Sir”, a biography of former President A P J Abdul Kalamwritten by Raghav Chandra is scheduled to take place on the opening day. There will also be a panel discussion on ‘Demonitization: Intent, Implementation and Impact’ that will see author Vinay Bharat-Ram and economist Surjit S Bhalla in an interesting conversation on the controversial issue.

A session on relevance of public libraries will attempt to revive interest in such institutions across India for a generation of e-books and online magazines.

Conducted by Indian Public Library movement and backed by NASSCOMFoundation, this initiative will have activist-author Kamla Bhasin, human rights campaigner Shabnam Hashmi, theatre academic Tripurari Sharma on the discussion panel.

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“A discussion focused on Air Pollution in the City, titled ‘Choked Capital’ by a panel of experts from Swachh Bharatand the Urban Development Ministry will also be held,” organisers informed PTI

Scottish historian and writer William Dalrymple will be talking about his latest book “Kohinoor: The Story of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond” which he has co-authored with Anita Anand in the course of the festival.

A Dastangoi performance which is the ancient art of Urdu storytelling by Ankit Chaddha, one of the last twelve Dastangos in the country, is also on the line up among many other exciting events.

A Hindi poetry session by Ashok Chakradhar and ‘Branding for Make in India’ by Niti Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant will also be a part of the three-day run of the festival.

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Other speakers and guests who will grace the festival with their presence and active participation in conversations include Tarek Fatah, Ravinder Singh and Ira Trivedi.

The event is set to wrap up on Feb 12.

 

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

 

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India extends Taslima Nasreen’s visa

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Exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen‘s visa was extended by an year on Friday, a home ministry official said.

“Taslima Nasreen’s visa has been extended for one more year from the very date it was due to expire,” a ministry official told IANS.

Exiled from Bangladesh in 1994 for “hurting religious sentiments” with her novel ‘Lajja’, Nasreen took refuge in Kolkata in 2004. Since then, she has been getting Indian visa on a continuous basis.

She now stays in a posh South Delhi locality.

On many occasions in the past, the controversial Bangladeshi writer had expressed her desire to live in India permanently, especially in Kolkata.