Monthly Archive: December 2013

Dec 30 2013

They are going to kill me.

I write books on women’s rights and humanism. But the fanatics won’t let me live. Just got this news. 200,000 ulemas will sign the petition demanding my deportation. Then 2 million Muslims in urs celebration will get crazy to throw me out of the country or to kill me in the name of Islam. It …

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Dec 26 2013

Taslima Nasreen and these dark times

Garga Chatterjee is the guest blogger today. He is a brain scientist at MIT, USA. Here he analyzes the shrinking space for free expression in West Bengal, India. Many Bengalis take a lot of pride about Kolkata, as a centre for free thought and artistic expression. Kolkata, the so-called ‘cultural capital’, has demonstrated the increasing …

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Dec 22 2013

Is anyone listening?

It is an interview. It’s hard to miss her in Calcutta these days. She beams at passers-by from king-size hoardings at several busy junctions, anxiously marking her “return” to Bengal after six years. But Taslima Nasreen is not returning to the city. Not in person, certainly — thanks to embargoes on her travelling and living …

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Dec 21 2013

Finally, Banned.


The drama series or mega serial are banned. The story of three sisters who are struggling to live with dignity and honour is banned. The truth is banned. Lies won. Insanity won. Fatwas won. Threats won. Barbarism won. A bunch of faith-heads, hate mongers, anti-freespeech, filthy misogynist fanatics won. The government of West Bengal in …

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Dec 18 2013

Banning and censorship


The ads of the mega serial that I am writing for TV are all over West Bengal, India. The TV channel had telecasted ads every few minutes. One of them was about my return to Kolkata after 6 years. I was thrown out of West Bengal 6 years ago. The channel was giving people a …

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Dec 15 2013

Bangladesh’s new secular generation celebrating the killing of a war criminal


I got abused by the secular people of Bangladesh on social network sites because I opposed the death penalty of Kader Mullah the war criminal. Many boys and girls of the new generation are confused people. They call themselves secular without knowing the meaning of the word. Many of them are against war criminals, but …

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Dec 12 2013

India banned love. But love must not be banned.


India celebrated Human Rights Day on December 10 and passed the verdict against Human Rights to have consensual sex next day. India re-criminalized homosexuality. Some countries love to remain backward.

Dec 10 2013

Fresh water lake on Mars!

Life on Mars may have existed 3.6 billion years ago. I don’t want to think of the life of Mars today. I am now thinking of the lake. NASA’s curiosity rover discovered the evidence of fresh water lake on Mars. I celebrated the discovery of the evidence of lake today by reading Yeats. ‘I will …

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Dec 05 2013

Fatwas. Court cases. Now an FIR against me for telling the truth.


An FIR was registered against me last night. They do not like my tweets that I posted on November 6. LUCKNOW/KOLKATA: An FIR has been lodged against controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen for allegedly hurting religious sentiments following a complaint by a prominent Muslim cleric of Uttar Pradesh, a charge which the author said shocked …

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Dec 04 2013

Sweden is closing its prisons. What about a prisonless world?

sweden prison-uddevalla

Swedish prison uddevalla. Swedish Prisons are for rehabilitation, not for punishment. Sweden is now closing its prisons, due to lack of prisoners. The Swedish prison population has dropped by nearly a sixth since it peaked at 5,722 in 2004. In 2012, there were 4,852 people in prison in Sweden, out of a population of 9.5 …

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