Darul Uloom Deoband, the leading Islamic seminary on 23 January 2013 demanded that the controversial writers should be banned from the sixth edition of Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) which began on 24 January 2013.
The demand of the Deoband is in line with the warnings of certain Muslim groups to the organisers of JLF against the invitation of the authors who have remained in controversy for hurting the religious sentiments of communities. Certain Muslim groups had also warned the organisers of JLF on 21 January 2013 against inviting the controversial authors.
It is important to note that the Darul Uloom Deoband also pleaded to the Government of India to ban authors like these from visiting India.
In the similar context, the youth wing of the Bhartiya Janata Party warned JLF against the presence of Pakistani litterateur in the event, citing beheading of Indian soldiers at the LoC.
In the meanwhile, the Producer of the Jaipur Literature Festival announced that even though everyone had an equal right to express the feelings, but JLF would not be hijacked.
JLF was first held back in 2005 and since then, it is one among the most notable annual gatherings of book lovers as well as literati.