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Nayantaras galore at literary meet as protesters wear masks

Protesters wearing Nayantara Sahgal masks displayed solidarity with the author whose invite to the event was rescinded by the organisers, at the opening ceremony of an all-India Marathi literary meet here Friday. Three women writers wearing the masks, with photos of the 91-year-old Sahgal on them, were asked to leave the venue by women police personnel. The masks were seized. Addressing the meet, the 92nd Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, Maharashtra education minister Vinod Tawde conceded that withdrawal of the invite to Sahgal had caused embarrassment to the state. Some protesters at the venue shouted slogans while the minister was speaking. Laxmikant Deshmukh, outgoing president of the Sammelan, said the Akhil Bharatiya Sahitya Mahamandal, which holds the annual event, had failed to stop the meet organisers from rescinding the invite to Sahgal. At a parallel literary meet at Ambajogai in Beed district, social activist Arundhati Lohiya Patil read a Marathi ...

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