missing. everything is out of order. no discipline. habijabi. elomelo.
The 5th part of Taslima's autobiography AMI BHALO NEI, TUMI BHALO THEKO
PRIO DESH is published.
Taslima attended Colloque International
Femme de mouvements, hier, aujourd'hui. pour demain 1968 -2006 at la
Sorbonne University in Paris, France. Taslima gave lecture at the conference.
The other feminist speakers were Simone Veil, Kate Millett, Antoinette Fouque,
Catharine MacKinnon, Edith Cresson, Michele Andre and many more.
Dodge Poetry Festival
in New Jersey, the largest poetry event in North America.
Taslima is in Kerala to release four of her books in
Women suffers under Islam.
Muslim body objects to state playing
I will continue my fight for women.
Fight oppressive religious system.
I will continue to write
against `patriarchal discrimination': Taslima.
The Rights Activist Addresses EUROCHIPS conference. Taslima is
Taslima received an award Sharat Smriti Puraskar in Kolkata. May8
A TV series based on Taslima's story.
The Telegraph May1
statement on cartoon.
Together facing the new totalitarianism.
Taslima attended a seminar on femmes d'histoire in Le Mans, France.
"This time Taslima Nasrin's novels seem to be particularly
favourite among visitors (mostly men).
And unlike the common belief that only elders like such kind of books, it's
mostly college students who are showing an interest in them."
Of India Dec 6
The Times of India report: The West Bengal Government is
all set to challenge the Kolkata High Court's verdict of lifting the ban on
Taslima's Dwikhandito in Supreme Court. Nov8
Ecrivaine bangladaise *Jeuneafrique
Inde : La Haute Cour lève l'interdiction du livre de
Taslima Nasreen *Sisyphe
'Pillowman', Taslima, Free Pen
*Anandabazar Patrika Oct24
Minority Forum plans to burn Taslima Nasreen's effigy *NewKerala.com Oct17
DE HAINE ''
NEW BOOK IN FRENCH
*editions Philippe Rey Oct14
A Deauville, 400 femmes d'influence se découvrent
des points communs. *Le
Le Women's Forum veut faire entendre la voix des
Mondialisation au féminin *Le
Nouvel Observateur Oct13
Cadres sup : les femmes se rebiffent
Le Nouvel Observateur
Ni putes ni soumises fait un triomphe à deux
militantes de la cause des femmes musulmanes. *Le
13-15 October: Taslima was
invited by the Women's Forum
in Deauville, France. Here is the Forum's report.
7-8-9 October: Taslima presided over the
Festival (le festival du livre) in Mouans-Sartoux, France. She spoke
about feminism and secularism. Here is a
of the conferences or debates in which she participated.
30 Sep- 1-2 October: In Paris, Taslima
addressed an important young women's organization called Ni Putes Ni Soumises
( Neither Whore Nor Submissive).
Split by leftists and
fanatics *IPSnews Oct4
UNMUZZLED : Taslima Nasreen is surrounded by
guns and roses.
*The Telegraph Oct2
All India Minority Forum to move Supreme Court
against Dwikhandito *Kolkata
Victory for freedom of expression *The
victim of politics of votebanks: Taslima *WebIndia Sep29
The government seems to think that it is ruling immature,
unthinking children, who are unable to distinguish between reason and unreason.
editorial The Telegraph Sep26
Victory of Freedom of Expression
Its the victory of freedom of speech
* The Telegraph Sep23
Ban is lifted
*The Canadian Press Sep23
Indian State lifts ban on Writer
Eminent author, Taslima Nasreen
unveiled another side of her personality
*Kolkata Newsline Sep19
Gets Indian Visa *BBC Sep1
Taslima Received 'Grand Prix Condorcet-Aron 2005' from the French
Parliament in Belgium (Parlement de la Communaute Francaise de Belgique
Wallonie Bruxelles), on the 26th of August, 2005. *
More headline-grabbing have been the
hounding of the author Taslima Nasrin.
BOMBS IN BANGLADESH. *The Daily Telegraph Aug18
Morality has been hijacked by religion.*Indian
Piracy is a big problem in
Bangladesh. All of Taslima's banned books are being pirated. Pirated copies
are sold everywhere, even in the Bengali bookshops in New York she has recently
visited. Taslima is outspoken in her stand against censorship and also against
Taslima will not alter
any text. There was a report that Taslima had an out-of-court settlement,
one in which she would agree to alter the text. In reality, however, there was
no settlement, either for expunging or modifying the text. Taslima's publisher
and the lawyers had a press conference to provide authentic information.
report not true
Taslima was not allowed to read
her poem ‘America’ during a Bengali Convention held in Madison Square Garden
on Sunday evening. ‘America’ is an anti-war poem which is against weapons of
mass destruction while taking a stand for humanity. As she was reading this
poem, many from an audience of 10 thousand American-Bengalis booed and did not
let her continue after the first few lines of the poem. Taslima had no other
alternative but to skip to the end of the poem. She was soon forced by the
organizer of the convention to leave the Madison Square Garden area.
People who were present
commented that the objections were coming from individuals of the extreme
right-wing. Thereby, they were showing their intolerance toward a view
different from their own, yet they were claiming this is a democratic land where
freedom of speech is a right.
America (Bengali) from Kicchukkhon
Thako, the latest book of poetry
Taslima's book not intended to hurt
Taslima book hurt Muslim feelings
: Govt *Indian
Les religions sont anti-femmes
"All religions are hostile to
women, without exception," asserts writer Taslima Nasreen in an interview
on the occasion of the annual world education week. "They oppose the freedom and
the rights of women, who they oppress with the same claims that culture,
conventions and patriarchal systems do. I refer to Islam in particular, because
it opposes democracy, human rights and the emancipation of women. In Islamic
countries, the situation is worse than elsewhere because there is no clear
distinction between religion and the state. The law is rooted in the religion
and that is the source of all evil for women."
Indira Goswami backs
Taslima's citizenship request:*Indo-Asian
News Service June1
Ecrivaine et militante des Droits des Femmes. Seminar
on Global Girls Education in Paris
from The American University of Paris, France * AUP News May26
*The Pioneer May20
Taslima stays away from programme after
prohibitory orders *The
Hindustan Times May7
Bitter, Taslima Stays Afloat. *The Telegraph
Taslima Stopped from addressing function
* Deccan Herald May1
Protests Derail Taslima * The Times of
I am not a self exiled person *Voice
for Indian citizenship to Taslima Nasreen
Litterateurs rally for Nasreen's citizenship
*The Hindu Apr8
Editorial Telegraph Mar30
Permanent Residency The Times of India. Mar30
India rejects citizenship plea of Taslima
India Denies Citizenship to Taslima
Arab News Mar 30
Minority Council demands that
Taslima's visa not be extended *Outlook
Pro-Taslima demonstrators arrested
outside Calcutta HC *Hindustan
refuse la citoyenneté à Taslima Nasreen * TV
FRANCE 2 Mar29
Visa extension reports fail to
impress Taslima *The
Statesman Mar 29
Govt Buys Six Months on Taslima
*The Telegraph Mar29
'Taslima book does not attack religion’ *The
Cry: no Calcutta, no creativity *The Telegraph
Tag on Taslima Work * Hindustan Times. Mar16
Govt confused, says no-ban petitioner *The
pledges body *The
BD writer pledges to donate body for research *The
Taslima to donate body *
Yahoo News Mar4
February 2005 :
is nominated for Nobel Peace prize
*Deccan Herald feb
Record Nominations Received
ABC News feb24
Taslima in the Court to Fight Book Ban
*The Times of India feb 24
Taslima Nasreen requests Indian
– why is India hesitating? *India Daily
Ban on Books Meaningless.
*Hindustan Times feb 18
Taslima may not get Indian citizenship
of India feb18
Exiled writer seeks new life in
Writer in Exile Seeks New Home
York Times feb18
Exiled Bengali Author's Indian Bid *BBC
alarmed by extrimist tilt in Bangladesh *The Times of India Jan22
Midnapore, May 1, 2005
Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen on Sunday did not attend a poetry recitation
programme here after the administration slapped prohibitory orders around the
venue in the town apprehending breach of peace.
Police said the prohibitory orders were imposed after a Muslim organisation,
which dubbed Taslima as "anti-Islam and an enemy of mankind", objected to her
Apprehending a law and order problem, the administration also asked the
organisers not to hold the programme and the Muslim organisation not to bring
out any procession in the town. Taslima did not attend the programme.
Later, 13 writers and educationists, including Buddhadev Guha, Sushil Kumar
Mukhopadhyay, Rabindra Kumar Dasgupta, in a statement, condemned the
administration's decision to "ban" the poetry recitation programme.
Describing the administration's move as "facist", they it had provided
'encouragement to communal forces'.
Taslima was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, 2005, she was both honored
and humbled just for having been nominated.
Draws Huge Crowd at Bookfair
Crowds throng to have a glimpse of
[ Monday, December 13, 2004 02:40:04 amTIMES
NEWS NETWORK ]
PATNA: "I was scared before coming to Bihar because some people told me
that political situation in Bihar was not good. But I am no more scared,
Bihar is my place, my home too. I am so grateful to you all for your love,
support and solidarity. Your support is my inspiration," said the noted
author, Taslima Nasreen, to the huge crowd that was present at the Rabindra
Nath Tagore Manch of the Patna Book Fair just to have a glimpse of her.
Although she could not stay at the fair for long as she arrived there at
around 3:40 pm and left within 45 minutes on account of security problems,
the visitors had no complaints. They were all satisfied which could easily
be understood from their excitement and enthusiasm. On this occasion, she
released a book, 'Chhote Chhote Dukh', written by her and published by Vani
The book is originally written in Bangla and translated by Sushil Gupta into
Hindi. 'Lajja' was her first book which was also translated into Hindi and
English. Cultural events were the highlights of the day. Abhigyan Yuva Kavi
Goshthi was held at Panini Parisamvad Kaksha where a number of young and
upcoming poets including Ramesh Ritambhar, Sanjay Kumar Kundan, Rohit,
Subhash Karn, Pushpa Raj, Neha recited their poems.
Later Nilakshi Singh narrated the story, 'Ek tha Bhujwan', written by her.
She has been awarded Sahitya Academy Swarna Jayanti Puraskar for this story.
Prem Ranjan Animesh read a few poems written by him like 'Akshar', 'Janmadin',
'Pechhli Roti' and 'Gaaliyan'.
He has bagged a number of literary awards like, Bharat Bhushan Agarwal
Award, Kanhaiya Smriti Award. Nirman Kala Manch group performed a street
play, 'Roshni', directed by Sharda Singh at Prithviraj Kapoor Rangabhoomi of
the fair. It was based on the problem of electricity in Bihar.
At Rabindra Nath Tagore Manch, a number of musical programmes were held
which included solo tabla by Ravi Shankar, followed by a duet between Reeta
Das on sarod and Ashish Chaterjee, who played the sitar. Reeta Das presented
'Raag Kirwani' popular in Carnatic music and evening melodies.
There was an unprecedented crowd at the fair but ironically there were not
many who appeared to be interested in books. As it was a Sunday, most of the
visitors were in a mood to relax and enjoy the weekend.
of the Rendez-vous de l'histoire
Mon parcours. L'engagement de Taslima Nasreen en faveur de la cause des
Taslima Nasreen, écrivain bengladaise
de 14h30 à 16h - Salle de spectacle de la Maison de la Magie
de bagdam November 2004
program in france
Calcutta High Court on Friday directed the state government
to file an affidavit within two weeks on the ban order relating to
Taslima Nasreen’s latest book Dwikhandito.
Human rights activist Sujat Bhadra had challenged the order of
the state government banning the book. Appearing on his behalf,
advocate Joymalya Bagchi argued that the “offending” portions, as
stated by the government, had not caused any enmity between the
Appearing on behalf of the state, public prosecutor Kaji
Safiullah opposed the contention. The matter will again come up for
hearing on April 16.
Earlier, a Bench had stayed the sale of the book, following a
defamation suit filed by a Kolkata based poet.
7 March 2004
Times of India
KOLKATA: Controversial Bangladeshi
writer Taslima Nasreen dreams of setting up her home in the metropolis.
Taslima Nasreen, the feminist writer against whom Islamists in
Bangladesh have issued a fatwa, discounts the reservations by certain
Muslim groups and clerics on her stay here in West Bengal and asks:
"Who are these people? Whom do they represent?"
Though her visit in January was for the launch of her latest
autobiographical title Shei Shob
Andhakar (Those Dark Days), which was immediately banned in
Bangladesh, she also took time off to meet people.
"I have found that they love me and are against my persecution ,"
Taslima said in an interview before leaving for London .
She holds that the banning of Dwikhondito
( Split into Two) by the Left Front government did not have popular
"People whom I met at the Kolkata book fair told me so. I have been
getting hundreds of phone calls from people, including complete
strangers who have expressed solidarity with me and want to meet me."
Taslima said she planned to return to Kolkata possibly during the Durga
Puja festival. "I know what Durga puja means to a Bengalee."
She is looking for a home in Kolkata, she confided, "to live, talk and
dream in Bengali."
4 March 2004
Taslima's tired of living in hotels
Her hotel room wore a careless look with half a dozen bouquets,
albums, and mementos scattered all over the place.
TIMES OF INDIA NEWS NETWORK
Visitors dropped in to exchange notes before Taslima Nasrin left the
city for New York on Wednesday morning. As for the lady herself,
Tuesday's schedule included an album release in her hotel room and a
visit to the Salt Lake residence of the indisposed author Nikhil
Though she looked her svelte self,
did not stop her from lamenting about putting on 10 kgs of weight in
the last 10 days of her stay in the city. But then, the warmth with
which the city has been treating her didn't leave much room for the
feisty Bangladeshi author to crib.
"I have mixed feelings now. I'm apprehensive whether some indisposed
friends will be around when I return next. The city has been generous
in showering me with love. But I'd appreciate if the heritage buildings
of Kolkata are restored properly. Unlike the West, old buildings here
make way for ugly concrete jungles. Someday, I'll write about the
changing face of this city," the Harvard research scholar said.
Another thing that Taslima hates is having to live in a hotel in
Kolkata. "All I want is a place in Kolkata to call my home. Maybe, I'll
have one next time," she said.
About the ban on Dikhandito,
she said, "Many have privately told me that they do not support
the ban. But they need to be vocal publicly. It's not a question of
just my book being banned. It's more an issue of people having the
right to express themselves." Perhaps, when she returns in September,
she'll get more people to lend their voice to issues close to her
AAI Convention Adds Taslima Nasrin to Cast of
THE DAY IN PICTURES (18/02/04)
23 January 2004
body wants debate with Taslima
of India): The West Bengal Minority Council has called for an
open debate with Taslima Nasrin on the comments on Islam made in the
last edition of her autobiography series Dwikhandito.
Jahangir, president of the council, said the council was trying to get
in touch with the writer on this issue.
to have an open debate with her on Islam and her comments. We are
trying to bring scholars on Islam from outside the state to attend the
debate," said Jahangir. The council
has written to the state minorities development and welfare minister
Mohammad Salim informing about their demand. The council, which has
welcomed the ban on the book, has expressed its displeasure on Taslima
being allowed to stay in the city.
against issuing any fatwa but if she can write anything expressing her
viewpoint we also have the right to debate it," said Jahangir.
21 January 2004
protestors burn Taslima's effigy
- Times of India:
Scores of Muslims on Tuesday demonstrated
against controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen here,
demanding that she leave the city immediately. The protestors
burned two straw effigies of the author and trampled on posters
carrying her picture.
"She is an
insult to Islam and she can't stay in this city," said Idris Ali,
president of the All-India Minority Council, as about 250 people
cheered him. "We have so
far remained calm, but we will pick up swords if she is not asked to
leave this country or at least our city immediately."
Nasreen, who fled Bangladesh after
Islamic radicals there put a price on her head for her allegedly
blasphemous writing in the book Lajja, arrived here last week to launch
her next book. Her latest
book Dwikhandito was also
banned in Bangladesh and West Bengal .
The city's powerful Islamic clerics have
condemned Nasreen's visit and announced a cash reward of Rs 20,000 for
anyone who can blacken her face or put a garland of shoes around her.
Both acts are considered grave insults on the subcontinent.
lives in self-exile in the US , is under heavy state security cover and
her movements are kept secret.
government is spending public money to protect an infidel. This is an
insult to Muslims. She is an insult to Islam because she smokes and
wears clothes that Islam doesn't approve of," Ali said. The
demonstration was held in a predominantly Muslim neighbourhood in
central Kolkata near the office of the Communist Party of India-Marxist
(CPI-M), which heads West Bengal 's ruling coalition.
try and be fair to Taslima
Five individuals are interviewed. A member, Mayor-in-council, KMC,
complains that Taslima is deliberately trying to hurt religious
sentiment by appearing half-naked in public. An author says "the whole
issue has unnecessarily been hyped up by the media." A minister for
youth affairs states that Taslima isn't important enough to comment
concerning. A women's rights activist is ashamed that all this is
happening to Taslima in a secular, modern society. Another author is
surprised that the publicity is happening in Kolkata, adding that her
publisher should not print the two controversial pages of Dwinkhandito that Bangladesh banned.
None of those
interviewed suggested that charges against Taslima's critics should be
made, that such individuals should be brought to trial, fined, or
20 January 2004
TASLIMA Nasrin's works have always
attracted extremes of reactions. Reviled in her country, she has been
glorified in India only to be scorned later. Here for the
release of the fourth part of her autobiography, the author took time
out to speak to TOI's Arnab Ganguly on a range of issues:
fundamentalism, the role of intellectuals, and the ban on Dwikhondito.
Got A New Look
Nasreen is looking a lot younger than her 42 years. "I've reduced my
intake of carbohydrate," she clarifies, "as I have diabetes." Not good
news, but that seems to have helped at least in the weight department!
"Now I am very conscious about my food, unlike earlier, and this
helped me shed some bulk."
The ban on her, says Taslima, has
many of her readers unhappy. "The enthusiasm of readers encourages me
to write more. No author wants a ban. If my book is not allowed to
reach readers, then what's the point?" Yes, neither a writer's block
nor a block on writers is acceptable to Taslima Nasreen.
OFFERS REWARD TO BLACKEN TASLIMA'S FACE -
10,000 LISTENERS APPARENTLY DO NOT
CALCUTTA (Reuters) - A Muslim cleric in
India offered on Friday a reward of
rupees to anyone who blackens the face of exiled Bangladeshi author
Nasreen, whose writings some Muslims consider blasphemous.
blacken someone's face -- most commonly with ink or shoe polish -- is
a major insult on the Indian subcontinent.
month, the communist government of West Bengal banned Nasreen's latest
"Dwikhandito", or "Split in Two", for fear the book could disturb
peace. "Her writings are against humanity and Islam," S.M.N.
Barkati, the chief cleric of Calcutta's main mosque, told a crowd of
10,000 attending Friday prayers.
can be blackened with ink, paint or tar. Or she can be garlanded
earlier books -- "Lajja", "My Girlhood Days" and "Wild Wind" --
banned by the government of neighbouring Bangladesh after they upset
hardliners. "Lajja" was banned for blasphemy and for suggesting free
Calcutta have provided security for Nasreen during her visit to
who lives in the United States, was not available for comment. She
in Bangladesh in 1962 but fled the country in 1994 after Muslim
called for her death.
comes days after Muslim groups put up posters at Bombay mosques
a reward of 100,000 rupees to anyone who succeeded in blackening
of British author Salman Rushdie when he holidayed in the country.
Muslims accused the Booker Prize-winning author of blasphemy in his
"The Satanic Verses".
police catches up with Taslima, Imam announces new fatwa against Taslima
TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ MONDAY, JANUARY 19,
2004 03:40:57 AM ]
During her first public appearance in the city, Taslima Nasrin had to
leave the venue after some people at the programme made adverse
comments about her dress.
morning Taslima Nasrin had gone to Uttam Mancha to offer her tribute to
the Rabindrsangeet exponents Subinoy Roy and Amal Nag. Taslima had to
walk out when one of the speakers pointed to her dress.
had reached the auditorium at around 10:30 in the morning, where among
other guests were educationist Pabitra Sarkar, senior bureaucrat Dipak
Rudra and musician V Balsara.
programme was on, Subhas Chowdhury, a Rabindrasangeet trainer, said
that Taslima was not dressed properly. Taslima was requested by the
organisers to come up on stage while the programme was on.
writer was visibly hurt and left the auditorium immediately. Though the
organisers requested her to stay back for the rest of the programme,
she left in a short while. There was
tight security around the auditorium when the writer walked in. Even
accompanying policemen were shocked at the incident.
not expect such a thing to happen", said a policeman on duty. Taslima,
however, refused to comment on the incident. "This was in bad
taste. She was a guest and deserved better behaviour. There was no
dress code mentioned for the programme. She had come to show her
respect for the singers and should have been allowed to do so", said
one of the invitees.
another development, the Imam of Tipu
Sultan Masjid announced a fatwa against the writer sending
ripples all over the city. Criticising the fatwa, the Paschimbanga
Ganatantrik Mahila Samity, in a statement issued here, demanded
complete security for the writer in view of the threat.
comments are not welcome in the state, said one samity member. Several
other organisations have joined the samity to protest against the
state government had promptly banned the book but when fundamentalists
are threatening Taslima it is silent. Her security should be tightened
immediately and action should be taken against those who have issued
the fatwa", said the spokesperson of Maitree, a women's
16 January 2004
PROOFS KEEP TASLIMA BUSY IN KOLKATA
KOLKATA: Taslima Nasrin
herself in a city hotel for most part of Thursday, giving the final
touches to the next volume of her autobiography, which will be released
at the Kolkata Book Fair.
Publisher Shibani Roy arrived at Taslima's hotel suite early
the morning with the proofs. Apart from the next volume of her
autobiography, she is also busy with another book Chhoto Chhoto Dukhkho Katha to be
released during the book fair.
15 January 2004
UNHAPPY TASLIMA ARRIVES IN CITY
KOLKATA: Taslima Nasrin is yet to come out of the shock of facing
a ban on her book, Dwikhandito,
in West Bengal .
On a personal visit to the city, the first after the ban, the writer
said she had not expected this. But that was all she would say on her
arrival from the USA on Wednesday morning.
14 January 2004
left it to people to protest’ - The
05 March,2005 (French)
Taslima Nasreen is in town,
the first time since the Left
Front government proscribed the third part of her autobiographical
sketches, Dwikhandita, two
months ago, and she has no intention to meet the chief minister, Mr
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, and ask him personally what, he felt, was
objectionable in pages 49 and 50.
“I have not sought any appointment with Mr Bhattacharjee. This is
personal matter any more. I leave it to the people of this state to
raise their voice of protest against the autocratic move.
Taslima sticks to thanksgiving - The Telegraph
Taslima Nasreen, whose latest work was banned in Bengal and
published after cuts in Bangladesh, hit the city today, ensconced in
security provided by the government that proscribed her book.
Nasreen tried to steer clear of controversy, making her displeasure of
the Left Front government’s decision to ban Dwikhandita, the third part of Amar
Meyebela, known only through monosyllables. Escorted by three
siren-wailing police vehicles, she merely said the government’s
decision was unexpected.
term surprises Bangladeshi author BBC Oct 14
at Mumbai 2000
WRITER RETURNS TO BANGLADESH BBC news,September 16
POLICE HUNT FEMINIST WRITER BBC Sep 25
DEFIES DEATH THREATS BBC news (video)December1
people are angry against Govt. decision that Taslima should not be
allowed to stay for more than 24 hrs in France.
is Taslima (French)
was born in a muslim family ( English)