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From Pillar to Post runs the unwanted child of Bangladesh. Ms. Taslima Nasrin finds refuge in a place which will harbor anyone who crticisez Islam or Muslims. If she thinks that Delhi was “solitary confinement” and that she feels safe in Paris, she may find that Delhi was safer and Paris is solitary confinement for her.
The award-winning feminist writer Taslima Nasreen, who is under death-threat from Islamist extremists, is to be housed in an artist’s studio paid for by the city of Paris, more than a decade after she was forced into exile from her native Bangladesh.
Nasreen’s outspoken stance on what she calls the inherent misogyny of conservative Muslim society in Bangladesh has sparked protests, riots and warrants for her arrest as well as a cash reward for her decapitation by religious fundamentalists.
In 1994, the former doctor was accused of blasphemy over her novel Lajja (Shame), which described the life of a Hindu family persecuted in Muslim-majority Bangladesh. The book was banned for offending Muslim religious sentiments.
She was quoted by an Indian newspaper saying the Qur’an should be rewritten because it was “unfair to women” and was forced to flee Bangladesh, even though she denied the comments and said she had been referring to sharia law.
After travelling across Europe and the US, and living in exile in India, where her presence led to threats and violent protests, and more recently in Sweden, she applied for housing in Paris six weeks ago. She is expected to move in next month. Paris opens door to author fleeing Islamist threats Angelique Chrisafis in Paris The Guardian, Monday 5 January 2009
Bangladeshi trash makes it to the Paris dumpster.Taslima Nasrin’s dilemma: The polemicist’s scheme unravels.
Taslima Nasrin made a career out of her polemics on Islam and the Muslims. She was awarded asylum and citizenship in one of those Scandinavian countries. I am just as confused of the individual identity of Scandinavians as they are confused about the diverse and distinct world which is inhabited by red, yellow, black and white Muslims in Asia, Africa, Europe and of course the bad bad Middle East. All I can remember from my teenage days about “paradisanavia”—-the home of Olga the Nymphomaniac Nurses in “those” ”sex free” countries is coed saunas, orgies in the snow, nude beaches, naked blondes, unisex changing rooms, and the fact that for some reason they are the grand aqueducts of all pornography. (I wrote that just get a rise out of any Scandinavian reading this….smile! I was simply making a point)
Taslima Nasrin is facing some issues today. Her 15 minutes of fame has ended and her luck seems to be running out. The diminution in her hubris may reflect her inability to find a country or even a state that is able to host her. She is angry at India, is in London and may be going to another country.
“The government is no better than religious fundamentalists,” she said. She said the government refused her timely medical treatment and called the safe house where she was kept under federal protection a “chamber of death.”
Her case had become a cause celebre in France and she was made an honorary citizen of Paris last July.
The mayor, Bertrand Delanoë, called her a freedom fighter, and said: “You have been chased out of your home because you raised your voice against the inhumanity of fanaticism. You are at home here, in this city where men are born and live free and equal.”
Nasreen did not comment on the move, but she recently told the TV station France 24 that she felt safe in Paris, because she could walk in the street without bodyguards. She said her “idea” was not to criticise Islam per se but to defend women’s rights and freedom. “My aim is to raise consciousness, to struggle for justice for women, so I have no alternative but to criticise Islam because Islam oppresses women. I know millions of women have been suffering because of religion, tradition, culture and customs and I feel a responsibility to do something.”
She left Kolkata last year after violent protests and for several months lived in a secret safe house in Delhi, which she likened to “solitary confinement”. Paris opens door to author fleeing Islamist threats Angelique Chrisafis in Paris, The Guardian, Monday 5 January 2009
Taslima Nasrin went to the “workers paradise” –the epitome of socialism, and home of the boxy safest car. She had a good time for a few months but could not really get into the “free sex” thing. Perhaps being ugly and portly in a nation of slim and pretty blonds may have something to do with it. She got lonely and couldn’t handle the inherent racism and the isolation. She was looking for a new home and groveled to India to let her in.
Magnanimous India, ever sensitive about her insurrection loving Kashmiris and slum-dwelling poor and destitute Muslim population allowed her in, provided she did not unnecessarily provoke the “hot headed mian bhais“. But provoke she did and Bengal the most liberal of all Indian states recently showed Ms. Nasrin her walking papers.
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