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Calling off video link shocking, says Salman Rushdie

Author Salman Rushdie Tuesday said he was shocked at the situation that even screening of his video image was unacceptable at the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF).

"It was pretty shocking that not only my physical presence, even the screening of video image was unacceptable," Rushdie said from London at a video conference interview to a news channel.


Salman Rushide. Photo: AFP

He said the real enemies of Islam were the extremist leaders of the community.

"I have my personal disappointment (for not being permitted to attend the JLF)," Rushide said. But he was "more disappointed at the attitude of the authorities in India" who did not allow him to attend the literary meet, he added.

The video address by Salman Rushdie at the DSC Jaipur Literary Festival was called off after some of the dozens of radicals gathered outside the venue threatened trouble and even bloodshed if the video link went ahead.

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