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Jaipur Literature Festival: Organisers ban Taslima Nasreen from fest in future

Nasreen was there at an impromptu session where she spoke about Muslim women who are oppressed because there are some Islamic fundamentalists who wouldn't hear any criticism of Islam.

By: | Updated: January 24, 2017 7:46 PM
Nasreen, who has been living outside Bangladesh for many years. (PTI) Tasleema Nasreen, who has been living outside Bangladesh for many years. (PTI)

At Jaipur Literature Festival on Monday Taslima Nasreen’s argument of applying Uniform Civil Law to raise the status of Muslim women in the country drew a protest by several organisations, after which the Bangladeshi writer and activist will not be invited to the function in the future, said the organisers.

Nasreen was there at an impromptu session where she spoke about Muslim women who are oppressed because there are some Islamic fundamentalists who wouldn’t hear any criticism of Islam. Many organisations like Rajasthan Muslim Forum, All India Milli Council, Jamaat-e-Islami and Muslim Personal Law Board against this saying she is a “disputed” personality as she is living in exile since 1994 for her controversial book, Lajja. The protesters demanded that she should not be invited again.

Sanjoy K Roy, Producer of JLF told PTI, “They expressed their anger…. I heard them out. Explained we supported minorities in every way. Underscored that we are a platform for all points of view. Agreed that we should consider their request not to reinvite them.”

Protesters told PTI Nasreen’s name was not in the catalogue of the Jaipur Literature Festival this year. The police and organisers supported her inspite knowing her “disputed” reputation.

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Nasreen was there at the Writers-in-Prison Committee of PEN International for session named Exile on Monday. She spoke about her new book Exile. During her talk she said, “Without serious criticism of Islam, you will not be able to make Islamic countries secular. The women will continue to suffer and be oppressed,” she said.

“I don’t believe in nationalism, religious fundamentalism. I believe in one world. I believe in rights, freedom, humanism and rationalism. Until Islam accepts criticism, no Islamic country can be considered secular. Whenever I criticise, people want to kill me,” she said. Nasreen is mostly noted for her awards in literature and her daring criticism of religion.

  1. Savage Nation
    Jan 31, 2017 at 2:38 am
    Thats why I hate bankrupt indian intellectuals. Dogle
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    1. Ananda Ganesh
      Jan 26, 2017 at 1:55 am
      ”inviting all points of view" said the liberal progressive intellectual. Then banned the differing point of view. Hypocrites !
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      1. Bir Chilarai
        Jan 24, 2017 at 4:34 pm
        Ah! The great Indian liberal bastion has been breached by a Muslim woman! Why? Because she wanted equal rights for Muslim women! Wow. A more hypocritical outfit can't be found anywhere in the world.
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        1. Shan Kumar
          Jan 25, 2017 at 6:02 pm
          It proves what she says. They are expected to respond this way. But not the lit fest. If contra opinions are suffocated then that is no writing festival. Lit festival has failed.
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          1. Mukesh Bahri
            Jan 24, 2017 at 6:39 pm
            Sanjay Roy, shame on you for bowing before muslim othrodox fundamentalists. Show some spine if you have any.
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            1. Mukesh Bahri
              Jan 24, 2017 at 6:37 pm
              Sanjoy Roy shame on you for bowing before fundamentalists. Show some spine.
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              1. Prashant Chauhan
                Jan 25, 2017 at 7:51 am
                wow.. another masterstroke...by so called intellectuals/writers....liberals... seculars..thekedaar..of freedom of speech&expression....now.. no outrage from any sammaan waapasi giroh....no mombatti march by aapiye..waapmiye..chamche.. libras...sikulars....or black out of tv screen even no mansion in any TV debate... with this... one sided.. freedom of speech n secularism...
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                  S L
                  Jan 25, 2017 at 2:10 am
                  One can't but bend his head in shame if truth is suppressed at a time when India is facing the same threat which she faced when in 8th century Sind was attacked. India has now become a conglomerate of elite clubs which hold each other tightly so that only compliant can tresp. Be it media houses, scholar clubs in universities and colleges and other places the story is the same. I mailed one request to the JLF on 21st to let some one render my poem led TAKE CARE from chapter 2 of my site But the request came a cropper.A get together of authors who promote each other is the sole purpose of these festivals. Money! That is the ultimate goal. Tell me how can JLF help the Indian political narrative if some are allowed and others who do not follow the pliant line are disallowed and debarred.The Hindu elite when they face danger surrender their honour at the first opportune moment. That is the trgedy of Indian History!
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