Taslima's Banned Books



Amar Meyebela

Utal Hawa



Sei Sob Ondhokar



''Come what may, I will continue my fight for equality and justice without any compromise until my death. Come what  may, I will never be silenced

Several of Taslima's books have been banned, both in Bangladesh and in West Bengal. 


The following books in the People's Republic of Bangladesh have been banned. Therefore, people in that people's republic are not allowed to read these books.  It was banned in Bangladesh, even in India it has been partly censored. The book is available in this site, Now, wherever you are you can read the entirely uncensored version of the book.

      1. Lajja 1993           Lajja(Shame)

Lajja is banned by the Government of Bangladesh


      2.Amar Meyebela 1999  
Bangla Book Amar Meyebela (My girlhood)

Banned by the Government of Bangladesh


"Bangladesh bans new Taslima book," BBC News, 13 August 1999   

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared Amar Meyebela pornography

"L'ffaire Taslima Nareen ou la parole la Censeure," 1 October 1999


      3.Utal Hawa 2002                 
 utal hawa(Gusty Wind)


Utal Hawa is banned by the Government of Bangladesh

Book Bans

Bangladesh Bans Third Taslima Book BBC news, 27 August 2002
Book banned for attack on Islam

Utal Hawa banned 

Taslima's new book also goes Lajja way
Book Banned
"Nasreen contre l'islam" 31 August 20


  Ko (Speak up)           4.  Ko 2003   


Ko  is  banned by the  High Court of Bangladesh. 

Suit against Taslima Nasreen 

Injunction on selling of Taslima's book 

Ko ( ka) is banned 

Taslima's Ka erupts sexual controversy

Split wide closed

Book banned at behest of Islamic bigots

Taslima's opinion


 dwikhandito (split in two)                                                                           

            5. Dwikhandito 2003 

The book was  banned by the 'Communist' Government of West Bengal of India on the charges of hurting religious feelings of the people.  The book was also banned by the High Court of West Bengal.


Ban on Taslima's Dwikhandita

Ban On Dwikhandita Justified 

Dwikhandita banned

Hypocrisy split wide open

Protest book ban

Ban on Taslima

Bengal Bans Taslima's book

Brickbats for Ban

WB Govt Bans Taslima's Book 

Banning Taslima's Book


Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen releases her latest book at Kolkata Book Fair.
(28k, 56k)


                      sei sob ondhokar (Those dark days)

                6Sei Sob Ondhokar 2004

Banned by the Government of Bangladesh 

                The fourth part of the autobiography was banned on the 20th of February, one day before Language Day, a big  national day for Bengali language and literature.
                 No one protested the ban, according to several news sources:

Another Taslima Book Banned    Daily Star, 20 February 2004

Book banned at behest of  Islamic bigots



 Taslima's other books are not so easy to find in the bookshops in Bangladesh. The once best-selling author's works are now taboo in her own country.


Taslima, who is against all censorship anywhere, has chosen an inspiring solution.  On 16 December 2003 (appropriately the anniversary of Bangladesh's independence in 1971) she has put Dwikhandito  in Bengali as well as Amar Meyebela.  Amar Meyebela in Bengali on the worldwide web for everyone to read, whether they live in a country that does not respect freedom of expression or in a country that does.  

Latest News : High Court lifted the ban on Dwikhandito in September 2005.  The  book would not be available on the net.                           

Taslima's Reaction after Dwikhandito ban (Bengali)


    Indian Communist party defends  the banning of the book 

Communists statement for banning  the  book 


Vajira, who is also a painter, poet and lyricist, has previously come into conflict with the Sinhala Buddhist hierarchy over his artistic work. The Peoples Alliance government has also banned one of his songs from state radio broadcasts. The song, which calls for freedom of artistic expression, is about Taslima Nasrin, the exiled Bangladeshi writer whose award-winning book has been banned in Bangladesh and in Sri Lanka. Muslim fundamentalists in Bangladesh have issued a fatwa  or death sentence against Nasrin.

Sri-Lanka Story

Click on the following regarding the harm of censorship
            Censorship Myths and Imagined Harms
Condemns Censorship



Taslima's  columns have been   constantly  censored by the editors of the newspapers.

Taslima's books are censored by the publishers.

Taslima is a taboo in many countries.

Taslima is blacklisted in media that controlled by the Governments  and the conservatives.

Taslima is blacklisted  by the politicians who use religion to get votes from the Muslims.

Taslima herself is banned in Bangladesh. She is prevented by the Government  to enter her own country, because she expressed her views that are different from the views of  the fanatics.

(Most of the ) Publishers are afraid to publish her books.  Book sellers are afraid to sell her books. Supporters are afraid  to support her publicly. Secularists are afraid  to defend her when she is attacked by the religious fundamentalists.

Her books have been pirated. Ninety percent publishers do not pay any royalty to the author.