Rushdie cancels India festival plans after protests

January 20, 2012 11:11

JAIPUR - Salman Rushdie will not attend a literature festival in India, a director of the event told Reuters on Friday, after protests from some Indian Muslim groups who called for the controversial author to be banned from entering the country.

A planned protest by Muslim leaders in Jaipur, the city where Rushdie was scheduled to speak at Asia's largest literature festival, was cancelled on Friday after media reports said the author had been asked not to attend.

The vice-chancellor of India's Darul Uloom Deoband seminary said last week that Rushdie, who does not require a visa to visit India, should be prevented from entering the country, accusing the 65-year-old of offending Muslim sentiments.

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