New Delhi: The 2012 edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival saw an unusual reception by the media and made news for all wrong reasons- courtesy Salman Rushdie. The prestigious Indian literature fest ended on a rather controversial note and the organisers have regretted making the presence of Salman Rushdie public prior to his participation.
The jamboree might be over, but the overwhelming virtual presence of Salman Rushdie at the Jaipur Literature Fest is still being discussed by the man himself and his competitors.
On Saturday, the Booker-prize winner Salman Rushdie tweeted against popular writer Chetan Bhagat, who had spoken out in opposition of Rushdie and his banned book, `The Satanic Verses`.
Addressing the tweet directly to Bhagat, Rushdie said, "Chetan Bhagat: people like me are liberal extremists & as bad as the fundos. I`m being Bhaggered!! It`s like being molested by Dan Brown!"
Responding to Rushdie`s barb, Chetan tweeted, "Someone`s feeling neglected as the controversy died down and the country moved on. Hence the personal attacks. Will pass. Peace."
Interestingly, moments later, his tweet was retweeted by over 100 tweeple!