"Our intention was not to offend anyone’s religious sensibilities, but to give a voice to a writer who had been silenced by a death threat. Reading from another one of his books would have been meaningless. The Satanic Verses was the cause of the trouble, so The Satanic Verses it would have to be…We wanted to demystify the book. It is, after all, just a book. Not a bomb. Not a knife or a gun. Just a book."
"It shows a shocking lack of vision and integrity… Easily what many people do is ban or burn or stop, which in a country that boasts of diversity of opinion, is ridiculous and unacceptable….And this is not only about this case, today it is an A group of organisations, tomorrow it will be another.
- Sanjoy K. Roy, Jaipur Literary Festival Producer"