At the Chennai Book Fair taking place from 9 to 21 January 2020, author Arumugam Tamilan was asked to cut short his speech following his references to the new Citizen Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in his speech. Immediately, members of the audience demanded an explanation from the book fair organizers.
The organizers said that Tamilan was requested to stop speaking as he had overshot his time limit, and the 9 pm is the time for the fair activities to cease. “The police had given till 9 pm for the book fair activities. However, when Tamilan was speaking, it was already around 9:05 to 9:10 pm, which is why he was asked to wrap up. There was no other problem,” said the BAPASI president, RS Shanmugham.