Update: This is not an actual report. Taslima’s head is on her neck where it belongs.
Taslima reports on her beheading at the hands of Islamist terrorists yesterday.
Bengali writer Taslima Nasreen was beheaded yesterday by Islamist terrorists at her home in New Delhi where she had been living in exile. A video of the decapitation was posted on social media sites this morning.
It was inevitable. Author of 41 books of poetry, essays, and novels, Ms Nasreen, known for her powerful feminist writings against the injustices and inequalities of religions, had to live under a succession of death fatwas.
They can’t behead her 41 books. Poor dears, that must be so frustrating for them.
Despite repeated bans on her books and threats on her life, Ms Nasreen never censored herself. Many people said that she was brave; others called her stupid. Everyone agreed that she was an extremely disobedient woman.
Now that is an epitaph. I want it for myself…but I can’t claim to be as disobedient as Taslima, because there’s so much less that I’m expected to obey.
Although she managed to acquire a semblance of domestic normalcy in her New Delhi apartment, Ms Nasreen considered herself “homeless everywhere”. She was never allowed to return to the country of her birth. She was also not allowed to reside in West Bengal where she had lived for four years before her deportation in 2007.
Ms Nasreen, however, had a great sense of humor. It could be sensed in the extremely graphic video of her execution. Bemused with her masked assassin struggling with his rather blunt blade, she asked him to pick up a much sharper knife from her kitchen that she had got from Germany.
Taslima does Galgenhumor beautifully.
Jesus, I’m dumb. It took me ten minutes to cotton on to the fact that this was a tongue-in-cheek self-obituary.
I had a brief moment of panic reading this.
Ophelia Benson says
Sorry. I first saw it via Twitter with the title “My Obituary” so I could tell it was one of Taslima’s wry jokes.
Marcus Ranum says
Yeah, that was barely a joke; I was screaming “WHAAAAT!?!” at my computer.
Ophelia Benson says
Well people how did you think she was reporting on her own beheading?
But I’ll add a disclaimer.
Can’t speak for others, but I tend to read the quoted portions first, then check the source. The blockquoting draws my attention much more than the link.
Put a different way, I assume the link contains no additional information (without clicking it, that is!) and immediately skip to the content quoted. Appears I’m not alone!
Moses supposedly wrote a book in which his own death and several events following it occurred.
WTF … Oh … carry on.