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Welcome Taslima Nasrin to Freethought Blogs!

Taslima Nasrin has joined the Freethought Blogs network! We are honored to have her blog, No Country for Women, in our company. Here’s her bio:

Taslima Nasreen, an award-winning writer, physician, secular humanist and human rights activist, is known for her powerful writings on women oppression and unflinching criticism of religion, despite forced exile and multiple fatwas calling for her death. In India, Bangladesh and abroad, Nasreen’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry and memoir have topped the best-seller’s list. Taslima Nasreen was born in Bangladesh. She started writing from the age of 13. Her writings won the hearts of people across the border and she landed with the prestigious literary award Ananda from India in 1992 and 2000. Taslima won The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought from the European Parliament in 1994. She received the Kurt Tucholsky Award from Swedish PEN, the Simone de Beauvoir Award and Human Rights Award from Government of France. She is a Humanist Laureate in The International Academy for Humanism,USA. She won Distinguished Humanist Award from International Humanist and Ethical Union, Free-thought Heroine award from Freedom From Religion foundation, USA., Erwin Fischer Award from IBKA,Germany,and Feminist Press Award, USA . She got the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh prize for Promotion of the Tolerance and Non-violence in 2005. Bestowed with honorary doctorates from Gent University and UCL in Belgium, and American University of Paris and Paris Diderot University in France, she has addressed gatherings in major venues of the world like the European Parliament, National Assembly of France, Universities of Sorbonne, Oxford, Harvard, Yale, etc. She got fellowships as a research scholar of Harvard and New York Universities. She was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in the USA in 2009. Taslima has written 35 books in Bengali, which includes poetry, essays, novels and autobiography series. Her works have been translated in twenty Indian and European languages.Some of her books are banned in Bangladesh. Because of her thoughts and ideals she has been banned, blacklisted and banished from Bengal, both from Bangladesh and West Bengal part of India. She has been prevented from returning to her country for the last 18 years.

Please stop by her blog and welcome her to the network!

Comments

  1. says

    I was ecstatic to hear that she was joining Freethoughtblogs, but it really broke my heart to see that for one of her first posts, she chose to do an anti-sexwork rant praising Gloria Steinem’s recent trip to India.

  2. Ayaz Kohli says

    I come from a conservative Muslim family and the religious belief and biases were inculcated into me untill I was around twenty year’s of age when I started doubting certain things and questining others. In 2010, I followed taslima’s tweets for a few months but she appeared over feminist to me. I do believe in free thought but free thoughts according to me envisage no presumptions and biases that may influence your so called ‘free thoughts’. Ubfortunately, she has this bias against all the men and assumes that all men are hypocrites and prejudiced (What I observed, it may not be true). I request her, if she could clear herself of such presumtions, so that people like me could share their opinion about free thought.

  3. Shivaraj says

    I support ur views on Secularism Mam… U r inspiration to younger generation Of India and world…

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