After long hiatus, India’s biggest literary festival welcomes Pakistani writers

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Fri, 2021-02-19 21:34

NEW DELHI: For the first time in six years, the international Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) welcomed Pakistani writers as it opened on Friday in a virtual format introduced in the wake of the pandemic.

The festival, held annually for the past 14 years in the northern Indian city of Jaipur and known as the “greatest literary show on Earth,” has not featured Pakistani participants lately. Relations between the two South Asian neighbors have been especially tense since the ascent to power of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014.

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