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Mar 22 2014

The only good use of gods

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I took two pictures this morning while walking in the streets of Delhi. We all know that Indians have more mobile phones than toilets. We also know that India needs more toilets than temples. We should also know that most public toilets in India stink, and women wait until they get a toilet even though …

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Mar 01 2014

You are against embroidered burqas

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Men do not wear burqas, they force women to wear burqas. Not only that, they decide what kinds of burqas women should wear. They hate embroidered burqas. Muslim women in Aligarh are increasingly using the traditional burqa as a fashion statement, embellishing it with designer touches. Burqas inspired by English gowns or those with Chinese …

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Feb 26 2014

Fatwa cannot be forced upon people, Indian Supreme Court rules.

Indian Supreme Court says, fatwa cannot be forced upon people. But fatwas are forced upon people. Fatwa issued by Muslim clerics cannot be forced upon people and the state has to protect persons who are harassed for not following such diktats, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said while expressing reservation in interfering with shariat courts. …

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Jan 27 2014

A woman was gang raped on the orders of a village council. Her crime? She fell in love with a man outside her community.

A woman was gang raped because she was in love with a man outside her community. A WOMAN was gang-raped by 13 men on the orders of a village council in eastern India as punishment for apparently having an affair. The council ordered the horrific penalty to be carried out in a village in West …

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Jan 11 2014

Fundamentalists decide what we should write, draw, say and think

My interview is in the times of India. 1. There is renewed efforts by some religious fundamentalist groups demanding your expulsion from India. Do you get a feeling of deja vu? Ans — Yes I do get a feeling of deja vu. They have been issuing fatwas against me since 1993. In this part of …

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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 12 2013

India banned love. But love must not be banned.

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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.

Nov 11 2013

Fatwabaaz and politicians

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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: The picture above is from a press conference held in 1993 by Islamic fundamentalists for the banning …

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Nov 05 2013

Another patriarchal festival today in India. Bhai Phonta or Bhai Dooj.

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There are hundreds of patriarchal festivals in India. People are celebrating Bhai Phonta or Bhai Dooj or Bhai Tika or Bhai Beej today. On this day, sisters put a sandalwood paste or a vermilion mark on the forehead of their brothers and pray for their brothers to have long and happy lives, safety and success. …

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