3:03 pm - Tuesday August 22, 8062

Taslima blames 3 women including Hasina, Khaleda

The exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin on Monday alleged that Bangladesh’s prime minister Sheikh Hasina, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee did make her life difficult.

The author said despite her feminist writings, the women leaders have not been sympathetic towards her, the Hindu reported quoting PTI.

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‘It is strange that I have been writing on women issues for the last three decades but three women Sheikh Hasina, Khaleda Zia  and Mamata Banerjee have made my life difficult,’ she said.

Taslima Nasrin also said she is a victim of vote bank politics in India.

‘Fundamentalists are after me but the West Bengal government did not support me either. They did all this to woo Muslim voters. This vote bank politics is not good for a society or a country. There should be healthy democracy,’ she said.

The doctor-turned-author had taken refuge in Kolkata in 2004, after a long stay in Europe. But after Muslim protests in the city on November 2007, the government forced her to leave West Bengal, now Paschimbanga.

She was then forced to leave India after staying in a safe house for a few months. It is only in 2011 that she got permission to live in Delhi.

Apprehensive that her latest book Nishiddho (prohibited) will be pulled out of the ongoing Kolkata Book Fair, Taslima Nasrin said such restrictions are the ‘real death’ of a writer.

Courtesy : The New Age


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