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Tag Archive: Kolkata

Jan 29 2014

Our selective silence…

Guest blogger today is Suruchi Mazumdar. She is a doctoral candidate at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and currently a visiting fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She wrote about the banning of the TV drama series written by me. ‘The launch of Dusshohobash (painful co-existence), a Bengali serial written by Taslima Nasreen, was cancelled by …

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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.

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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

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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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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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Feb 08 2013

How the extremists won

I have known Kolkata since my childhood, through children’s books and stories my parents told me. I came to know it better during my youth, when I finished reading the works of as many superb Bengali writers and poets as I could gather, and also when I published the poems of many contemporary Bengali poets …

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Dec 08 2012

Cold-blooded murder of women.

Yesterday a man has just beheaded his sister for family honour.

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