Deccan Chronicle

JAIPUR LITERARY FEST IN ANTHEM ROW

Sir V.S. Naipaul made a party in complaint against the event

- SANJAY BOHRA | DC JAIPUR, JAN. 24

It seems controvers­y and Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) can’t remain separate for long. Whether it was author Vikram Seth’s sipping wine during his book reading, sociologis­t Ashish Nandi’s remark on corruption and Dalit leaders or Salman Rushdie’s participat­ion, the festival has always been in news for the wrong reasons.

This year, the local media tried to rake up a controvers­y by reporting that the national anthem was played for a longer duration at the opening ceremony of the festival. On Friday, based on the news reports, some activists filed a case against the organisers for disrespect­ing the national anthem. A local court on Saturday directed the police to probe the issue.

The complaint against the festival organisers — Sanjoy Roy and others — also names Nobel laureate Sir V.S. Naipaul.

“The national anthem must be completed in approximat­ely 52 seconds but it did not happen at the JLF. It could be because of ignorance and not intentiona­l but it was disrespect to the national anthem and the organisers should ten- der an apology so that a clear message can be communicat­ed to the people,” petitioner Madhusudan Rathore said.

He alleged that the national anthem being sung beyond its prescribed limit of 52 seconds constitute­d an offence under the Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act, 1971.

“The court has recorded the statement of the complainan­t and directed the SHO of Ashok Nagar police station to probe the matter and submit a report,” the complainan­t’s counsel Nem Singh Rathore said.

 ??  ?? V.S. Naipaul in conversati­on with Farrukh Dhondy during the literary festival in Jaipur on Saturday. — PTI
V.S. Naipaul in conversati­on with Farrukh Dhondy during the literary festival in Jaipur on Saturday. — PTI

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