By Subhransu Panda, Bhubaneswar:
RSS to make debut at JLF 2017
As eyebrows are at the list of speakers for the 10th edition of Jaipur Literary Festival (JLF), organisers clarified their stand in a media statement issued on Thursday. There are plurality and inclusiveness at the core of Festival’s programming, the statement said.
For the first time in the history of JLF two Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders are invited to the 2017 edition of the fest. On the other hand, organisers haven’t apparently invited poets like Ashok Vajpeyi, Uday Prakash and K Satchidanandan, who were prominent faces of the controversial award-wapsi episode and who have been JLF regulars. The two RSS leaders are Manmohan Vaidya and Dattatreya Hosabale.
The media statement reads,
For a decade, the Jaipur Literature Festival has stood for diversity of ideas, languages, nationalities and subjects. The 2017 edition is no different in featuring multiple voices and viewpoints across genres collectively on one platform.
The festival continues to uphold and celebrate its core values which place equity, democratic access and free speech above all. It strongly believes that for dialogue to be meaningful, we must have representation from all points of view.
The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 will take place between 19 and 23 January 2017 in its beautiful home at the historic Diggi Palace Hotel in Jaipur. This edition expects to host over 250 authors, thinkers, politicians, journalists and popular culture icons to Jaipur.
The Thursday media statement by JLF organisers further added,
The festival has always been inclusive and welcomed plurality in opinion and often opposing viewpoints, to be expressed without discrimination. This is neither the first nor the last instance where we have welcomed speakers from the right, left and centre and allowed our audiences to form their own views at the end of each session of debate and discussion. We are proud of the incredible breadth of our programme put together by Festival Directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple.