KARACHI: Indian activist and actor Nandita Das on Thursday announced she will not be attending the Karachi Literature Festival, scheduled to begin from tomorrow, due to bad health.
The actor made the announcement on her Facebook page, citing only medical reasons for her refusal to attend the fest.
Das went on to explain that her decision to not attend the event was not in any way related to the Anupam Kher fiasco, who was allegedly denied Pakistani visa to attend the literature festival in Karachi.
“I have been unwell since yesterday and unfortunately I am unable to go Karachi. I felt terrible letting down the organisers but it’s beyond my control. I had offered to do the sessions via Skype to make sure one can participate and the intent with which the Lit Fest is organised, is upheld,” read the post.
About the Anupam Kher’s visa issue, Das explained that even if Pakisan’s bureaucracy came in the of way of issuance of visa, she would separate this bureaucratic roadblock from genuine efforts to strengthen friendship between the two countries.
“People’s intention and efforts build bridges and have to be separated from government policies and positions,” said Nandita.
Related: Kher claims he’s been denied Pakistan visa
Bollywood veteran Anupam Kher had said on Tuesday he had been denied visa for Pakistan, where he was invited to participate festival beginning on Feb 5, because the “Pakistan’s interior ministry did not issue a no-objection certificate” for his visa.
Following a vitriol on Twitter against the alleged visa denial, Kher also addressed a press conference, where he read out his correspondence with the KLF organisers in Pakistan.
Nandita and Kher were two of the several luminaries from India, including transgender rights activist Laxmi Tripathi and Indian journalist Barkha Dutt, who are scheduled to speak at the KLF this weekend.