The heated debate over several authors reading from 'The Satanic Verses', a book banned in India, is still raging and so is the one on what kept Mr Rushdie away from the festival.
What is the book about?
The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie's fourth novel, first published in 1988 and inspired in part by the life of Muhammad
In the Muslim community, however, the novel caused great controversy for what many Muslims believed were blasphemous references. As the controversy spread, the book was banned in India and burned in demonstrations in the United Kingdom.

What is the issue now?
Salman Rushdie has recieved threats from Rajasthan sources that his life will be in danger if he comes to Jaipur. But the Rajasthan Police has denied any reports about such threats.
It is said that Congress who wants to support Muslims inorder to secure votes has kept mum on this issue.