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Sibal faces political queries on literary platform

Last Updated: Friday, January 20, 2012 - 22:54

Jaipur: Union Minister Kapil Sibal`s poetry
reading session at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival
turned into a political discussion when people bombarded him
with questions ranging from Anna Hazare to internet censorship
to education policies.

A group of youngsters calling themselves "I am Anna",
asked him why can`t the government find a peaceful way to deal
with Anna Hazare.

"I don`t know the definition of peace here. There can be
no peace without dialogue; it can only come with dialogue,"
said Sibal, who was reading from his poetry book at the event.

There can be no peace if you are not willing to listen
to the other person, he added.

Unsatisfied with the reply, the group booed him with a
"no" and shouted "this is wrong".

Replying to queries about the recent controversy over
internet censorship, he said the government does not believe
in censorship.

"We don`t believe in censorship at all...I have given a
public statement saying that this government does not believe
in censorship," the Union Minister for Communication and IT

The session was in for another dramatic turn when a
young man jumped onto the stage and tried to ask a question.

Namita Gokhale, the event organiser, asked him to get
down from the stage and then ask his question.

A person from the audience requested the minister to
write a poem on Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev to which the
minister readily agreed.

"When I will write a poem on that, I will definitely
read it. May be in the third part of this book I will," he

The minister said that he writes most of his poem on his
mobile as he hardly gets time.

"All the poems in this book were written on my mobile"
he said.


First Published: Friday, January 20, 2012 - 22:54

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