Ultra - secular India bans Entry of Taslima fearing Muslim wrath
Fearing controversies during the election time, and afraid that the minority voting patterns may be affected, India banned the famous novelist and winner of the prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence ,Taslima Nasreen , from entering the country.
A little recap on Taslima....
Her novel Lajja (Shame) portrays the plight of minority Hindus in Bangladesh in the back drop of the demolition of Babri Mosque in Ayodhya, India. The minority Hindu population , once formed 35% Bangladesh in 1974 and now reduced to 10% become victims of violent communal hate and voilence in the bands of the majority Muslims. Hundreds of Hindu temples got destroyed and thousands of Hindu women got raped. Rape , as described in Lajja, is a weapon for the perpetrator to take revenge on the other community. Every female raped is forcefully converted to the religion of the rapist. Thus the rapist fulfills his responsibility bestowed upon him by the almighty.
In 2003, the "secular communist" government of West Bengal banned her novel "Dwikhandito" saying that this novel hurts the feelings of Muslims. Following that Taslima had to remove certain lines from her novel.
The Muslim clerics ,disturbed by the bitter truth brought to light thourgh this book, have issued "fatwa" against Taslima. Fearing for her life Taslima fled to Sweden in 1994 after a state court ordered that she should be detained for writing the "anti-Islamic" statements contained in her work.
In 2002 she requested asylum in India. She was allowed to live Calcutta,India - though not granted asylum.
In 2004 the head cleric of Calcutta's main mosque Rahman Barkati threatened her saying that "Her writings are against Islam and Humanity and whoever blackens her face shoulld be awarded US$ 4000.
More on http://taslimanasrin.com/tn_bannedbooks.html
Nasreen, who had to leave India in October last year in view of violent protests by certain Muslim fundamentalists, has been asked by the government here not to come back till May 31 if she wants resident permit.
One of the pre-conditions set by India for giving resident permit is that "she must not enter India before 31st of May (by this time the general elections in India will be over)," said the website of the 46-year-old writer against whom fundamentalists have issued 'fatwas' for writing a book 'Lajja'.
She has also been asked not to interact with the media, it said.
Nasreen, who according to the website, is in the US at present, did not reply to e-mail queries sent by PTI on the issue.