‘Was this censorship?’: Noam Chomsky, Vijay Prashad ask Tata Lit Live after it cancels their discussion

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The issues about the Citizenship Amendment Act, Adivasi killing, the industrialisation of indigenous lands and environmental degradation were to be discussed during the session.

Celebrated linguist and activist Noam Chomsky, and journalist Vijay Prashad have expressed regret at the “abrupt cancellation” of their discussion at the online Tata Literature Live festival, asking if the move was a result of censorship. The dialogue about the 91-year-old Chomsky’s new book ‘Internationalism or Extinction’ was scheduled to be held at 9 p.m. on Friday. But at 1 p.m., Chomsky and Prashad received an email informing them that the virtual event will not be taking place.“Noam and I were to speak at the Tata Lit Festival about Noam’s latest Book. Our Panel was abruptly cancelled just hours before it was to go live,” Prasad said in a tweet. In a statement issued on People’s Dispatch, Chomsky and Prashad said that they were informed of the event’s cancellation in the mail.“Then, out of nowhere, near 1 p.m. Indian Standard Time, we received an email which said, cryptically, ‘I am sorry to inform you that due to unforeseen circumstances, we have to cancel your talk today’,” they said in the …

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