When Dawkins came to Jaipur

Here’s a video of a debate including Richard Dawkins at last month’s Jaipur literary festival, a festival that was almost thrown off the rails by the controversy around Salman Rushdie’s planned attendance (Rushdie cancelled after word came out that a Muslim hit squad had been dispatched from Mumbai). My friend, who works at the Jaipur festival;, said: ‘It was hilarious – Dawkins was up there with a swami on one side and a fakhir on the other, and he was being very forthright that God doesn’t exist. People hardly ever say that in India!’ As you can see, people seemed to find his ideas refreshing.

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