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Sep 05 2012

Some famous male writers in Bengal are worse than Muslim religious fanatics.

”It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”— Noel Coward

Religious fanatics issue fatwas and demand the book banning of the writers who challenge them. Their demonstrations and processions end to a cul-de-sac or to a mosque.

But megalomaniac, misogynistic, macho male writers and their male dominated media are able to go far beyond mosques and can ban you, blacklist you, and banish from your land if you ever dare to challenge them. They are much more influential than moulavis and mullahs, much more clever and dangerous than idiot ignorant zombies.

Islamic fundamentalists in the Indian subcontinent can not ban books. It is the government who ban books to please the fundamentalists. They often fulfill the demands of fundamentalists for their own political interests. We know about politicians. Don’t we? But we expect writers and intellectuals to protest against banning and censorship. They do, but not always. If you are not submissive to big male writers and if you do not follow all the patriarchal rules of literary world, your life will be hell. They could not tolerate that me a much younger writer selling more books than them, and I was not scared to challenge their male dominated fake literary world full of lies and hypocrisy. They are powerful, because they control male dominated media and keep very good relation with corrupt corporates and people in the power.
They are lords. They can do anything they want. One of them was Syed Shamsul Haque, an abuser and a liar. He not only banned my book, he filed a million dollar libel case against me. What was my crime? My crime was I wrote what he told me about his emotional relationship with his sister-in-law and how he dishonored me. He knows very well that I will not be able to defend myself, the government does not allow me to enter Bangladesh and there is no one in the country who has courage to stand beside me, and he is in the land where no democracy but idiocracy rules, and in this situation, it will be very easy for him to file case against me and ban the book. He committed crime by banning the book in 2003. It’s 2012, the book is still banned. It was not banned by the government but was banned by the high court because of the law suit of SSH, the famous hypocrite writer, the supporter of banning and censorship. No trial took place. Only the heinous crime against the truth took place. What have the local human rights activists or women’s rights activists been doing? They love to keep silent. They are mostly power worshipers, anti-feminists, pro-religion.

Another famous writer from the West part of Bengal took initiative to ban my book. He is Sunil Gangopadhyay, a famous Bengali literary guru and the president of Sahitya Akademi. He was behind the banning of my book Dwikhandito in 2003 and was the supporter of my banishment from West Bengal in 2007.


It seems people in the media forgets what they wrote about the role Sunil Gangopadyay played to ban my book in 2003. Some proofs are here:

Sunil Gangopadhyay said to Inter Press Service, “The book has passages of tirade on religion which could incite riots. It is not literature. . . it is almost pornography. It should be banned as it misuses freedom of expression.”

‘Author Sunil Gangopadhyay, one of those who support the ban said, ..people who bother to read it will be disappointed.’ Another Indian newspaper wrote, ‘Several noted authors including the poet Sunil Gangopadhyay, the novelists, Dibyendu Palit, Nabanita Deb Sen, and Syed Mustafa Siraj, the Bangladeshi novelist, Sams-ul Huq, the singer Suman Chatterjee, as well as the Trinamul Congress leader and Kolkata mayor, Subrata Mukherjee, among others, have come out openly against the book and have supported the decision by the state LF government to get the book banned.‘ They just copied the news from CPI(M)’s mouthpiece People’s Democracy (07.12.03).

And a whole book (Nishiuddho mot, Dwikhandito poth) was published with all the historical documents related the banning of Dwikhandito, Government’s ban order, Sunil and other writers proposals to ban the book, and the High Court verdict to lift ban on the book. The book is available in Bengal. .
It was all over Bengali media how the writer Sunil Gangopadhyay insisted to ban another writer’s book. He was a very good friend of former West Bengal government who finally banned the book. In his interview in Aajkal, a Bengali newspaper, he said in details how he played an active role to ban the book. aajkal1 , Aajkal2

Everybody knew how Dwikhandito, the 3rd part of my autobiography was banned. Here the journalist says, ‘Writer Sunil Gangopadhyay says that he finds the sexual content of the book “distasteful” but supports the ban only on account of two pages that harshly indict Islam. Commenting on Taslima’s discussion of her sexual relationships with eminent writers, he says, “Everybody knows that adults enter a sexual relationship on the basis of an unwritten pact, which is why they close all doors and windows. If someone breaks that trust then it is a breach of contract and confidentiality which is not only distasteful but an offence”.

I would not have reminded him about his role to ban my book if he did not lie that he was against the banning of any book and he protested against the banning of my book Dwikhandito.

While I was thinking of his lies, I shared my painful experience that he sexually exploited me once, and also many other girls and women. I was a well established feminist writer, if he did not spare me, then whom did he spare? Even though he said, ‘.. if she has been sexually harassed by me, which must happened long time ago. ‘, some media and some men try to blame me for ‘lying against the saint’. They are definitely angry with me. I must not accuse a famous male writer of any abuse or anything no matter whatever his crime is. The media financed by the political party that stands against his political ideas using my statement against him, for their own political interests. Does the anti-Sunil media supports me? Not at all. They are very much against my thoughts and ideals. Sex abuse issues are human rights issues, but human rights activists are silent as usual, they are silent because it is not politically correct to support me, who challenges patriarchy and religion, especially Islam. It is an unforgivable crime to speak against the status quo in the Indian Subcontinent.

Defenders of abusers are now asking why I am complaining now, why did not I do then when it happened? As if, if I don’t share my painful experience within a certain time,I should be disqualified. As if, if I complained then, something different could have happened, as if people could have blamed him! No, the same thing would have happened. I would have been harassed again by media and men for telling the truth.

For telling the truth I was thrown out of Bangladesh, my country. For telling the truth I was bundled out of West Bengal, where I settled to live for the rest of my life. For telling the truth I have been banned, blacklisted, and banished from the lands I was born and brought up or I chose to live. I am a social and political pariah, because I tell the truth. The male dominated Bengali literary world has been so far successful to blackout me. My crime is I have told the unpleasant truth about religion and I disclosed the secrets of those sex-abuser gurus who pretend to be philosophers and intellectuals, defenders of human rights and freedom of expression.

They want us to shut our mouth. If we don’t, they get very angry with us, and they say all the bad things about us, and all the lies about us. But thousands of silent women know that I am telling their untold stories. They are not coming out of the closet. But one day they will. I will not see that to happen in my lifetime, but I am trying to create an environment for them. In the meantime I will be violently abused, I will be deported, I will almost be killed by influential and powerful misogynists.

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  1. 1
    Pierce R. Butler

    Scary, and really scary.

    The implicit recognition that Islam cannot endure criticism must generate great insecurity among those who identify with it.

  2. 2
    arpita

    Bravo Taslima. I must congratulate you for showing this incredible courage to expose that hypocrite [ Sunil]. We all know that he is a pervert and it has nothing to do with his writing talent. As a writer he may be notable, but as a human being he is a bastard, i must say.

  3. 3
    Shamim Ahmed Laskar

    “Some famous male writers in Bengal are worse than Muslim religious fanatics.” I am totally agree with it. Those megalomaniac, misogynistic, macho male writers like Sunil Ganguly and most of the others pretend to be progressive but they are damn coward and live under the shelter of party or filthy-rich blood-sucking leeches. When comes the time of showing their generosity or chivalry, they just put on their “humanistic mask”. Thank you Taslima for unmasking them.they are not intellectuals, they are born parasites.
    Bravo!

  4. 4
    Observer

    Well done, Taslima! I hope you understand that most Indian women are with you. ‘Sunil is a pervert’ is less than half a truth. He is a boot-licking piece of garbage, who has survived so long only because of patronage of a few political personalities. What he has written after he quit writing about when-he-was-21 is complete pornographic trash. He is also a liar, who is too senile to remember that the entire reading public has not suffered amnesia. If he is still ‘a notable writer’, it is because he wrote some serious stuff many decades ago.

  5. 5
    The St. Dr. Oscar

    “It should be banned as it misuses freedom of expression”

    There was a time when a statement to that effect was very popular in the US. “Abuse of freedom”, they called it. A non-sequiter if I ever heard one. Anyone using it is, by definition, unwilling to share their precious “freedom” with others.

    I have a saying, “Every revolution tends to become the tyranny it overthrough.”

  6. 6
    monsor

    Some famous writers in Bengal are worse than Muslim fanatics. It is True.

  7. 7
    Sarita Ahmed

    Its really a painful and shameful TRUTH of ‘History of Bengali Literature’ that a ‘Literary Guru’ is in reality a Predator, if not in public platform but in someNewFoundPlace may be at someone’s dinner party or like that!

    I have read some wrings of Sunil Ganguly and found some trash descriptions of womens sexual organ,process of unnatural intercourse but shamefully they aren’t considered as ‘Immoral/pervertive/harmful for socio-cultural norms’ by the Cultural Gurus of West Bengal ! rather he is worshipped as ‘Saint’ or ‘the most powerful writer and DIRECTOR of Sahitya’! whereas another writer,Taslima Nasreen,with her universal reputation and powerful feminist writings, is thrown out of Bangladesh & W.Bengal just for Speaking out some very pathetic Truth, some unutterable crimes committed by the so called Literary manipulators. If Sunil is innocent then why did he tell in digital-media (in his own voice) “..If its true,it might have happened many years ago…I’m old now and so at present,I’m not able to do this type of obscenity..” what does it mean?

    Taslima has uttered those unspoken words of hundreds of submissive women.that’s why she is intolerable by most of the writers who are carrying patriarchal norms and are genuinely controlled by the ruling party !No matter, We are always with you Taslima, if not by physical appearance but by black & white/keyboard :)

    Long live Taslima ! Long Live Feminism!

  8. 8
    usri

    taslima
    tomar protibad, sotota amader matha tule sonmaner sathe banchte sahajyo kore.mithyer sathe apos na kora tumi amader prerona. amra sohosro meyera tomar lekha pore udbudhyo hoi.
    bhalo theko.

  9. 9
    child molester Muhammad

    Why don’t you write an article about your Muhammad who married 14 times and last time it was a 9 year old girl.

    Time to kick Islam out of Indian

    In Kolkata more than 80% crime are committed by Muslim who are only 27% population.

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