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Eminent Kenyan Playwright And Writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o Denied Visa To Speak At The PEN International Congress In Pune...

September 28, 2018 3:46:00 PM IST
MTG editorial

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o was to deliver a public talk at the Bal Gandharva auditorium in Pune today as part of the PEN International Congress.

The widely-read writer who is based in the US was denied a visa by the Consulate General of India in San Francisco.

The theme of this year's PEN International Congress was "Experiments With Truth: Freedom, Truth, and Diversity".

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o known for his freedom of expression was not tolerated by his authoritarian Kenyan regime. He was adopted as an Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and has a dual Professorship in Comparative Literature and Performance Studies at the University of California, Irvine.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o had collaborated in the past with Indian academics and scholars G. Saibaba and Varavara Rao who have been arrested for their alleged Maoist links.

Here's a link to Supratim Pal's interview in Pune Mirror for further reference.

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