My salute to Stéphane Hessel !


Stéphane Hessel was a writer, diplomat, ambassador, concentration camp survivor, French Resistance fighter, BCRA agent. But I respected him, because he was one of the writers of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948.

We shared the same stage several times. He was in his 90’s, but every time he saw me he not only recognized me, he recollected almost every big things that happened in my life. I was so lucky to get his sympathy, support and solidarity.

We last spoke over the phone in October, last year. He told me he was a bit weak because of a recent heart attack, but sure he would soon get his strength back and continue to fight for human rights. He said, ‘it is our fight, Taslima.’ I was worried about his health. He was never worried about it, he was rather worried about inequalities and injustices, he was worried about violation of human rights around the world.

Stéphane Hessel, one of the greatest humanists of our times died yesterday. Let’s read again The Universal Declaration of Human Rights that he co-authored.

Stéphane Hessel changed the world.
My salute to Him!


  1. Reena Lahiri says

    Our heartfelt sympathy for his near& dear
    ones!May his soul achieve it’s unfulfilled
    destination-Human Rights in its real sense
    May his RIP!

  2. Yajna says

    He joined Brigadier General Charles de Gaulle’s group of Resistance fighters in 1941. He was associated with Roosevelt as well while editing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

    He was tough, he knew exactly what the world needs in order to let the humanity prevail.

    Now it is our turn to continue the fight keeping his thoughts in mind.

    No one can ‘rest in peace’ or ‘be with us’ after he/she passes away as there is no proved existence of afterlife.

    But the thoughts, the concepts, the power stays back with us to drive us from within.


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