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Nov 11 2013

Fatwabaaz and politicians

All the religious fanatics who issued fatwas against me, and set prices on my head or attacked me physically or tried to kill me for expressing my opinions were honored by the politicians in Bangladesh and India.

Bangladesh:

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The picture above is from a press conference held in 1993 by Islamic fundamentalists for the banning of my all books, for my arrest and for my execution by hanging. Shaikhul Hadith and Habibur Rahman, sitting in the middle, issued a fatwa against me, set price on my head and called for demonstrations, processions, general strikes, hartal all over the country in order to force the government to hang me till death. They demanded my execution because they were against women’s rights, freedom of expression and plurality of thoughts.

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Habibur Rahman who had declared a Tk 50,000 reward for my head in 1993, wants Taliban rule in Bangladesh. He said, “If alems and ulamas can run Afghanistan then Bangladeshi alems would be able to run the country with Allah’s help.”

Here is the amnesty report how Muslim fundamentalists issued a fatwa against me. See page 13-16.

Sheikh Hasina, the chairperson of Awami league, one of the biggest political parties in Bangladesh, chose fatwabaaz Taliban Habibur Rahman as a nominee of the 2007 general elections.

Both Habibur Rahman and Shaikhul Hadith have been respected by almost all the big politicians in Bangladesh.

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Awami League leader Abdul Jalil came to religious fanatic Shaikhul Hadith to offer him nomination.

Sheikh Hasina has been admiring Shaikhul Hadith since her childhood.
When he died, she expressed deep shock at the death of Shaikhul Hadith. In her condolence message, the Prime Minister recalled contribution of Shaikhul Hadith to the society. She prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved family members.

India:

Fatwabaaz 1. Imam Barkati.

Imam Barkati issued a fatwa against me in 2004. He set price on my head, Rs 20,000.

Imam Barkati issued another fatwa against me in 2006.
He set price on my head, Rs 50,000.

Imam Barkati issued a fatwa again in 2007, the price that was set for my head was unlimited amount of money. Watch the video. They were issuing fatwa in the middle of Kolkata. Many police officers were there, but they did not arrest any fatwabaaz for announcing cash reward for the people who would kill a writer.

After issuing fatwas, Imam Barkati has been rewarded by the politicians. West Bengal’s current chief minister Mamata Banerjee invited him on the stage and honored him many times. She know very well that Imam Barkati asked people to kill a writer for having different opinions.

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Idris Ali, another Muslim troublemaker who committed crimes in November 21, 2007, got the blessing of West Bengal’s chief minister. He was given clean chit.

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Fatwabaaz 2. Taukeer Raza Khan.

News in 2007.
a.
“Taslima should be killed & beheaded and anyone who does this will get a reward from the council”
– Tauqeer Raza Khan.March,2007

b. Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh on Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen’s head if New Delhi does not restrict her entry into the country.

c. The creator of the Rs 5 lakh reward offer on her head, president of All India Ibtehad Council, Tauqeer Raza Khan, however, insisted he had community support.

d. Fatwa against Taslima. A public interest litigation petition filed by a local lawyer seeking action against Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan, president of the All India Muslim Personal Board.

News in 2013.
e. Cleric who issued fatwa against Taslima Nasreen may campaign for Arvind Kejriwal.

f.Taslima slams Kejriwal for feelers to maulana behind beheading fatwa.

After Kejriwal, another politician praised the fatwabaaz.

Why do politicians ask for support from anti-women anti-free speech Muslim fanatics who illegally set price on people’s heads? They should go to ordinary Muslims if they need their votes. They should not bow down to Muslim fanatics who are responsible for Muslim community’s backwardness. Since independence, politicians in the Indian subcontinent have been seeking help of religious fanatics who do not respect human rights, free speech and the Constitution. People should speak up against fanatics who vitiate society, push it backward and the politicians who encourage them. Else, it’s bad news for democracy.

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  1. 1
    UJJAL

    I am from Kolkata. One day the city was vandalized by religious fanatic goons. Taslima was bundled / chased out from my city by the local Communist (???) Government. Police arrested NO ONE. Police started a suo motu case. Present Trinamul govt has now appealed to withdraw the case.

    The then communist govt consulted its pet intellectuals and the intellectuals keeping their intellect on sale for awards and proximity to the then communist (???) Chief Minister kept silent and too busy cultivating their intellect as if they were much superior soles to be bothered by a religious vandalism and expelling an author from their city ( which they wished heart of hearts ). And hello ! the irony was that some of them were / are declared atheists.

    Despite this, the communist ( ???) govt lost clean to Ms Mamata Banerjee. The communist (???) award winning intellectuals converted their loyalty to Trinamul govt supremo Ms Mamata Banerjee.

    I (we) saw helplessly. I (we) sadly remain co-citizen with pack of goons and criminals, at the cost of loosing an author, a doctor and a non-criminal as a co-citizen.

    Probably due to the religious dictat, muslims are first religious and then eveything else, even the qualified muslims. That is why they listen to the guidelines of the religious leaders, irrespective of educational qualifications. That is why politicians go to the leaders to show their proximity to gain the vote of the followers. The religious leader also gains flaunting his powers for the close proximity to Chief Minister and other ministers. Its a mutual milking for religion and politics.

    Sorry Taslima.
    Respect you. Follow you. Love you.

  2. 2
    thrissurp.v.rajan

    Taslima… we people are with you…

  3. 3
    M Huq

    Communist government and fundamentalist muslims strange bed fellows. How could a woman politician, who became the prime minister, support such fundamentalist fanatics? But we live in a strange world. Fundamentalists are gaining strength instead of fading away.

  4. 4
    Andrea Rios

    I’m so sorry you’ve had to endure these threats and harrassment. I hope things will get better soon. Martin Luther King said ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.’ We’ll have to hope that women will share in that justice, finally.

  5. 5
    Prasanna

    I feel sorry for you. As always I am ashamed to be called an Indian. Indian govt shold

  6. 6
    Amitava Ghosh

    ভারত উপমহাদেশের রাজনৈতিক ক্রিয়া কলাপ অদ্ভুত। এখানে অসাম্প্রদায়িক সরকার গড়ার প্রয়াস হয় আবার সাম্প্রদায়িক নেতৃত্ব কে সন্তুষ্ট করতে পুজো উদবোধন বা ইফতার পার্টি দেওয়ার রেওয়াজ চালু।আসলে আমাদের দেশের রাজনৈতিক দল গুলির কোন আদর্শ ভিত্তি নেই।শাষন ক্ষমতা দখলের জন্যে রাজনৈতিক নেতৃত্ব কোন কাজেই পিছপা হয় না।রাজনৈতিক দলগুলির পতাকার রংই আলাদা আর কোন পার্থক্য নেই।এ দেশের সর্বাপেক্ষা মুনাফা লাভের ব্যবসা রাজনীতি।বিনা মুলধনের এমন কারবার বিশ্বে আর কোথায় আছে জানিনা,তবে খুব বেশি যে নেই এ বিষয়ে নিশ্চিত। বিগত রাজ্য সরকারের সময় যেমন শিল্প কলা সাহিত্যের রং দেখা হত বর্তমান সরকারের সময় ঠিক তেমন চলছে।কাগজ কলম আর স্লোগান ছাড়া পরিবর্তনের কোন নমুনা দেখা যাচ্ছে না।বর্তমান মুখ্য মন্ত্রী তো মাথায় কাপড় ঢেকে পারলে নামাজ পড়তে বসে যেতেন।
    আমাদের দেশের নেতাদের কাছে অ-সাম্প্রদায়িক শাষন ব্যবস্থা কায়েমের আশা করা অমুলক।ভোট ভিত্তিক সমাজ ব্যবস্থার প্রণেতারা সমাজ,সাহিত্য,শিল্প এসব বোঝে না।ক্ষমতার কুর্শি ছাড়া এদের অন্য কোন লক্ষই নেই।ভোটের প্রয়োজনে নিজেদের ঈজ্জত বিকিয়ে দিতে হলেও এরা রাজি।
    অতএব দুঃখ কোর না বরং তোমার লেখনীতে ধার দাও,ধর্মিয় কুসংস্কারের বিরুদ্ধে তোমার ক্ষুরধার লেখা শুভ বুদ্ধি সম্পন্ন মানুষ কে অনুপ্রেরনা যোগাবে।আগামীতে ধর্মিয় কুসংস্কারের বিরুদ্ধে জোরদার লড়াই প্রয়োজন।

  7. 7
    giasuddin

    Almost all the political parties and political leaders are unscrupulous and unfaithful. They demand that they are secular, humanist and fighting for a democratic and secular society and country. It’s all bogus, they have actually no ideology and ethics. They have now been doing politics only for power, they are all power-loving leaders. So, they have always been appeasing the communal forces instead of fighting them. In this matter all are same, there is no difference between the leftist and rightists. No big difference between Buddhadev and Mamata, Monmohan AND Modi, Hasina and Khaleda.

    1. 7.1
      UJJAL

      @ giasuddin – absolutely true. For politicians in this sub-continent at least, citizens are mere ‘voters’, period.
      The urge to improve to a good governance is completely absent. They are married to wealth, muscle and corruption.
      Lies, false commitments, flaunting muscle power, booth rigging, false voting are common tricks to gather votes. They all know how to do, the winner knows better, that’s all.

      A bit sad, but that the left parties are far from left and in cases more right that the rightists.
      The good ones are voiceless and in most cases spineless too.

      There is a BIG set back within true secular and democratic minded people. They suffer from intellectual superiority and never could unite themselves. :(

  8. 8
    leni

    “Taslima should be killed & beheaded and anyone who does this will get a reward from the council”– Tauqeer Raza Khan.March,2007

    The banality of evil, once again. Bone chilling, and I can’t even imagine what it must be like to live with people like this after you.

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