Taslima Nasreen: A Victim of Islamic Extremism
Taslima Nasreen is arguably the most famous writer of Bangladesh; by and large for the wrong reasons.
Greater than her writing prowess are her political troubles, which have spread her name world-wide. Additionally, she seems unable to avoid stirring controversy wherever she goes.
After a Kannada daily newspaper published an article she wrote, Muslim protestors took to the streets. In the ensuing riots two people were killed and curfew was imposed in Shimoga city, about 280 km from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka.
After publication of her book Lajja, Taslima Nasreen earned the ire of Islamic fundamentalists. Her book was banned in her country and a Fatwa (religious edict) was issued against her. She fled her home for fear of harm, went to France, and sought political asylum.
Her book Lajja, is set in the backdrop of 1992 Babri masjid demolition event in India. This is the singular, hollow, nonetheless, emotion-evoking event through which Hindu extremists Party BJP came into power in India ending the country’s secular image and reigniting the pre-partition animosity between Hindus and the Muslims.
Nasreen published her book in the wrong time. Despite her book telling a story that could mimic many real life stories in both India and Bangladesh, it became a propaganda tool at the hand of the Hindu extremists, drawing strong reactions from the Muslim community.
For Taslima, a writer in Bangla, life in Europe was like a forced confinement, and she later moved to West Bengal, India. The intrepid writer continued to write in her valiant style against the religious oppression of women and soon earned the wrath of the Indian Muslims. Even the communist government of West Bengal did not want to antagonize the minority community and considered Taslima a liability.Continued on the next page