After Karni Sena goons issued threats to Prasoon Joshi, the CBFC chief has now issued a statement saying he will not attend the Jaipur Literature Festival. Earlier Joshi’s visit to the festival was delayed after the members of Karni Sena warned him against visiting the festival, which began on January 25.
“Will not be attending JLF this year and must say will miss sharing great moments with literature and poetry lovers. I am doing this so that the dignity of the event does not get compromised or discomfort caused either to the organisers, fellow writers or the attendees. And also so that the lovers of literature get to focus on creativity and not controversy,” said Joshi.
“Speaking of which, the issue around the film Padmaavat. I did my job and sincerely took a sensitive and balanced call. As I have said earlier, certification was done with due processes, incorporating valid suggestions whilst staying mindful to the concerns of the society as well as to the canvas of cinema. It’s sad that we are not relying on genuine peaceful dialogue. It’s important that we keep mutual trust and faith in each other and our institutions so that the issues don’t reach this,” he added.
On Thursday, Sanjay K Roy, the organiser of Jaipur Literature Festival, said that he was hoping to receive Prasoon Joshi and that everything is going peacefully in Diggi palace.
“We are confident that in Jaipur, especially in Diggi palace, everything is calm. We hope to receive Prasoon Joshi on the day of his session, he was anyway not supposed to come today,” said Roy.
Prior to this, the Rajasthan government had advised Joshi to stay away from the festival owing to the law and order situation.