हंस ने जो अगले सालाना आयोजन कि रूप रेखा प्रचारित की थी उसमें सब को यह आभास दिया था कि इस बार वे पुलिस अधिकारी विश्व रंजन और अरुंधती राय को एक ही मंच पर लायेंगे.लोगों में इस पर बड़ा आक्रोश था. मैंने दो-तीन दिन पहले हंस कार्यालय में राजेंद्र जी से पूछा तो उन्हों भी तस्दीक की. लेकिन जब मैं ने अरुंधती से पूछा तो उन्हों ने साफ़ कहा कि वे ऐसे कार्यक्रम में नहीं जा रहीं हैं. उनका जवाब संलग्न है
अरुंधती का जवाब-
Thanks for alerting me about a meeting I had no idea about! Rajendra Yadav did call a few weeks ago and ask whether I could come to a Hans event in July. I was travelling at the time and said I'd speak to him later. And now you tell me that without my ever having agreed, it's being billed as a debate between me and the notorious policeman Mr Vishwaranjan! I had no idea about all this. I have no intention of being there. Not after my recent experience with PTI and the rubbish that is being put out by the Chhattisgarh police and headlined in the Indian Express. You say a bunch of youngsters are putting together a petition asking me not to go...please tell them that I don't need a petition to persuade me! I never agreed to go in the first place. And now it's beginning to look like a set up . You can circulate this to anyone who is worried that I might walk into this trap. (translate it if it will help?) I think there are better ways of having debates in which co-opted media people controlled by the police cannot misquote you.
All the best