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The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

By in­ter­rupt­ing Amol Palekar’s speech, NGMA's rep­re­sen­ta­tives have un­der­scored ex­actly what he was warn­ing against. The least that the or­gan­is­ers could have done was to wait for him to com­plete his speech be­fore ex­press­ing their ob­jec­tions on stage. If the gov­ern­ment-run body did not want its chief guest to di­gress from a trib­ute to an artist and speak on political in­ter­fer­ence, they should have given him a brief be­fore­hand and left it to him to de­cide whether to ac­cept the in­vi­ta­tion. How can any­one in­vite a dig­ni­tary to de­liver a speech and then prompt him on what he should say, es­pe­cially if he is speak­ing about an is­sue con­cern­ing the same in­sti­tu­tion?

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