Indian fest hopes Rushdie attends, despite protest (AP)

Members of Jamiat Ulama- E- Jaipur attend a meeting to pass a resolution requesting the state and central government not to allow author Salman Rushdie to visit the city for the Jaipur International Literature Festival, in Jaipur, India, Thursday, January 12, 2012. Some Muslim groups are protesting the visit of the author due to the alleged blasphemous content in his 1988 novel 'The Satanic Verses'. (AP Photo)AP – Organizers of an Indian literary festival said Tuesday they hope Salman Rushdie will attend, despite calls by Muslim clerics to ban the British-Indian author from the event.