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Taslima Nasrin
Taslima Nasrin

Taslima Nasrin (Bengali: তসলিমা নাসরিন), also spelled Taslima Nasreen and popularly refrerred to as 'Taslima', her first name rather than 'Nasreen' (born 25 August 1962 in Mymensingh, Bangladesh) is a Bengali Bangladeshi author, feminist human rights activist and secular humanist exiled in Kolkata, India. She worked as a government physician until 1994. From a modest literary profile in early 1990s she achieved a meteoric rise to global fame by the turn of the twentieth century. She was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1994 and an Humanist Award (from the International Humanist and Ethical Union) in 1996. Since 1993, Taslima has faced several death threats from Islamic fundamentalists for her criticism of Islam, the Quran and Muhammad. In March 2007, an Indian Islamist group offered a bounty of 500,000 rupees for her beheading.[1]. Recently, while attending a literary function in Hyderabad, India she was attacked by a group of Islamic activists. In September 2007, a movement was initiated in West Bengal demanding expulsion of Taslima from India. The government of India is considering her appeal for Indian citizenship. Image File history File links Taslima_nasrin. ... Bengali or Bangla (IPA: ) is an Indo-Aryan language of the eastern Indian subcontinent, evolved from the Magadhi Prakrit, Pāli and Sanskrit languages. ... is the 237th day of the year (238th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mymensingh (Bengali: ) town is one of the Pourashovas (City) of Bangladesh situated at the centre of Mymensingh District. ... For other uses, see Bengal (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Author (disambiguation). ... Feminism is a social theory and political movement primarily informed and motivated by the experience of women. ... Human rights are rights which some hold to be inalienable and belonging to all humans. ... ... , “Calcutta” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Doctor. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s The 20th century lasted from 1901 to 2000 in the Gregorian calendar (often from (1900 to 1999 in common usage). ... The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, named after Soviet scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov, was established in December 1985 by the European Parliament as a means to honour individuals or organizations who had dedicated their lives to the defence of human rights and freedoms. ... Founded in Amsterdam in 1952, International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is the sole world umbrella organisation [1] embracing Humanist, atheist, rationalist, secular, skeptic, Ethical Culture, freethought and similar organisations world-wide. ... Founded in Amsterdam in 1952, International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is the sole world umbrella organisation [1] embracing Humanist, atheist, rationalist, secular, skeptic, Ethical Culture, freethought and similar organisations world-wide. ... The phrase Islamic fundamentalism is primarily used in the West to describe Islamist groups. ... Bounty can refer to different things: The Bounty a 1984 film with Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins A bounty is an amount of money or other reward offered by an organization for the capture of a person or thing Bounty is a brand of paper towel manufactured by Procter & Gamble... It has been suggested that History of the rupee be merged into this article or section. ... Beheading. ... Hyderabad may refer to: Hyderabad, the independent state Hyderabad State, the pre-1956 state India Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, the capital city of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad district (India) Begumpet Airport, also known as Hyderabad Airport Hyderabad Central, a huge shopping mall in Hyderabad Hyderabad, Uttar Pradesh, a...

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Biography

Taslima Nasrin was born in the town of Mymensingh, situated in the north of Bangladesh. Though born into a Muslim family, Taslima, towards the end of 1990s, claimed that she had become an atheist.[2] Her father was a physician and a professor at the Mymensingh Medical College (MMC). After attending Vidyamoyee Girls' High School for SSC and Muminunnisa Women's College for HSC, she studied medicine and received her MBBS degree in 1985 from the Mymensingh Medical College. Thereafter she served as a government physician at different hospitals around the country. Taslima had been serving as an anesthesiologist at the Mitford Hospital, Dhaka, before choosing to leave Bangladesh in 1994, in the face vehement protests throughout the country and a warrant for her arrest (stemming from a court case filed against her). Mymensingh (Bengali: ) town is one of the Pourashovas (City) of Bangladesh situated at the centre of Mymensingh District. ... Mymensingh Medical College is a government medical college in Bangladesh. ... MBBS was a popular BBS system in the Nordic countries during the mid-1990s. ... Mymensingh Medical College is a government medical college in Bangladesh. ... Dhaka (previously Dacca; Bengali: Ḍhākā; IPA: ) is the capital of Bangladesh and the principal city of Dhaka District. ...


Taslima's extra-medical career began when she started to write poetry in the late seventies. However, she came into the limelight when she started to write newspaper columns. While speaking in favour of equal rights for women she started to make critical remarks about social restrictions imposed by Islam on women. In one of her early fictional works titled Lajja, she focused on oppression of Hindus in Bangladesh. In her five volume autobiography, Taslima mentioned that she had been sexually abused by her relatives and other acquaintances in her early years. These incidents had a strong influence on her becoming a staunch feminist later in life. The term women’s rights typically refers to freedoms inherently possessed by women and girls of all ages, which may be institutionalized or ignored and/or illegitimately suppressed by law or custom in a particular society. ... Lajja (Bengali: লজ্জা Lôjja) is a novel in Bengali by Taslima Nasrin, a writer of Bangladesh. ... This article is about the Hindu religion; for other meanings of the word, see Hindu (disambiguation). ...


While in the 1980s Taslima was renowned in the literary circles of the country for the erotic elements in her poetry, in the late eighties she successfully drew the attention of a wider readership as a newspaper columnist. However, later she gradually became familiar for being a courageous woman through a series of books that she wrote. Some of her critics believe that part of the reason for Taslima Nasrin's popularity is because of her critical views on religions, especially Islam. For people named Islam, see Islam (name). ...


In March 2006, a letter she co-signed entitled MANIFESTO: Together facing the new totalitarianism with eleven other individuals (most notably Salman Rushdie) was published in response to violent and deadly protests in the Islamic world surrounding the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy. Ahmed Salman Rushdie KBE (Hindi: Urdu: سلمان رشدی; born 19 June 1947) is a British-Indian novelist and essayist. ... The Islamic world is the world-wide community of those who identify with Islam, known as Muslims, and who number approximately one-and-a-half billion people. ... The Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy began after twelve editorial cartoons, most of which depicted the Islamic prophet Muhammad, were published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten on 30 September 2005. ...


Criticisms, censorship and attacks

Taslima Nasrin

In 1993, sparked by a series of newspaper columns in which she was critical of the treatment of women under Islam, Islamic fundamentalists issued a fatwa and offered a bounty for her death. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The phrase Islamic fundamentalism is primarily used in the West to describe Islamist groups. ... A fatwā (Arabic: ; plural fatāwā Arabic: ), is a considered opinion in Islam made by a mufti, a scholar capable of issuing judgments on Sharia (Islamic law). ...


Later, the government banned her novella Lajja, (a Bangla word meaning shame), which drew attention to the torture of Hindu minorities in Bangladesh. This brought more calls for her death, and her passport was confiscated by the government. Lajja (Bengali: লজ্জা Lôjja) is a novel in Bengali by Taslima Nasrin, a writer of Bangladesh. ... This article is about the Bengali language. ... For other uses, see Shame (disambiguation). ... Bhavna says there are 300 million gods in Hinduism. ... For Microsoft Corporation’s “universal login” service, formerly known as Microsoft Passport Network, see Windows Live ID. For other types of travel document, see Travel document. ...


In 1994, organized groups (albeit of little social clout, and identified with Islamic fundamentalists) demanded her execution after she was quoted in The Statesman stating that "…the Koran should be revised thoroughly." While the government of the day did not take any action against those who had issued threats, a case was filed in the court of law against Taslima, charging her with blasphemy. Consequently, an arrest warrant was issued and Taslima went into hiding to avoid arrest. After two months she surrendered to a higher court, sought bail, left the country and went into exile after bail was granted, seemingly with tacit support of the then-government. The phrase Islamic fundamentalism is primarily used in the West to describe Islamist groups. ... Established in 1875, The Statesman is among the leading daily newspapers of India. ... The Quran (Arabic al-qurʾān أَلْقُرآن; also transliterated as Quran, Koran, and less commonly Alcoran) is the holy book of Islam. ... For the black metal band, see Blasphemy (band). ... Exile (band) may refer to: Exile - The American country music band Exile - The Japanese pop music band Category: ...


In the same year, Nasrin received the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought from the European Parliament, and other awards. Taslima is an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society. Her books have so far been translated into twenty different languages. The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, named after Soviet scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov, was established in December 1985 by the European Parliament as a means to honour individuals or organizations who had dedicated their lives to the defence of human rights and freedoms. ... Established 1952, as the Common Assembly President Hans-Gert Pöttering (EPP) Since 16 January 2007 Vice-Presidents 14 Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou (EPP) Alejo Vidal-Quadras (EPP) Gérard Onesta (Greens – EFA) Edward McMillan-Scott (ED) Mario Mauro (EPP) Miguel Angel Martínez Martínez (PES) Luigi Cocilovo (ALDE) Mechtild... The National Secular Society is an organisation of the United Kingdom which promotes secularism. ...


Taslima's four autobiographical volumes have been banned in Bangladesh. The government has claimed that they "contain anti-Islamic sentiments and statements that could destroy the religious harmony of Bangladesh." However, the fifth volume, published in 2006, has not been banned as yet. Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ...


In November 2003, the West Bengal government in India banned the sale, distribution and collection of Taslima's Dwikhandito, the 3rd part of her autobiography. The ban was lifted by the High Court in September 2004. For other uses, see November (disambiguation). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... , West Bengal (Bengali: পশ্চিমবঙ্গ Poshchimbôŋgo) is a state in eastern India. ...


In 2004, Syed Noorur Rehaman Barkati, the Islamic head priest of Calcutta's Tipu Sultan mosque, admitted offering money to anyone who "blackened" Taslima's face. He also accused her of being a "Jewish spy."[3][1] Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is on Calcutta/Kolkata, the city. ... This article is about the relationship between Islam and antisemitism. ...


In 2005 her attempt to read an anti-war poem entitled "America" to a large Bengali crowd attending the North American Bengali Conference at Madison Square Garden resulted in her being booed off the stage.[citation needed] It is perhaps ironic that, as a vocal feminist, Taslima's reputation finds little favour among the women of her country, Bangladesh. Anti war protest in Melbourne, Australia, 2003 Anti_war is a name that is widely adopted by any social movement or person that seeks to end or oppose a future or current war. ... The North American Bengali Conference is an annual conference held in North America to celebrate Bengali culture. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ...


As of 2007, Taslima has been living in exile for more than 13 years. Still a citizen of Bangladesh, the government has seemingly not taken the necessary steps to help her return to the country. She is currently living in Calcutta, India, on the basis of a periodic visa given by the Indian government. She has requested the Indian government to grant her Indian citizenship. This article is on Calcutta/Kolkata, the city. ... This article discusses the legal notion of Indian citizenship. ...


In March 2007, the "All India Ittehad Millat Council" of Bareilly U.P offered 500,000 rupees for her beheading. The group's president, Tauqir Raza Khan, said the only way the bounty would be lifted was if Nasreen "apologises, burns her books and leaves."[1]


On August 9, 2007, Taslima was attacked at the Hyderabad Press Club in the state of Andhra Pradesh.[4] She was there for the launch of her book Shodh in the Telugu language. Three MLAs of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen party were among those who physically attacked her (with bouquets, flower pots and chairs) for criticizing Islam.[4][5] Akbaruddin Owaisi, also an MLA and MIM Floor leader in the Assembly, justified the attacks by saying, "We are not bothered about our MLA status. We are Muslims first. And it's our responsibility to test those who have said anything against Islam in which ever way possible."[6] Taslim, who backed into a corner, said the attack was barbaric but pledged she would not be cowed by the bigots, who were merely a minority.[5] The Internal Affairs bureau minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi condemned the incident, saying, "It's a very shameful thing if any person is attacked. We criticise this incident in the strongest of terms."[6] is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... “Andhra” redirects here. ... “Telugu” redirects here. ... A Member of the Legislative Assembly, or MLA, is a representative elected by the voters of an electoral district to the Legislature or legislative assembly of a subnational jurisdiction. ... All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (meaning All India Council of the Union of Muslims, name in Urdu: , Kul Hind Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen) is a Muslim political party India. ... Mim (n) refers to a Welsh child with few brain cells ... Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi (born November 13, 1945) is a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. ...


Books by Taslima Nasrin

Poetry

  • The Game in Reverse: Poems and Essays by Taslima Nasrin 1995
  • Shikore Bipul Khudha (Hunger in the Roots), 1986
  • Nirbashito Bahire Ontore (Banished Without and Within ), 1989
  • Amar Kichu Jay Ashe Ne (I Couldn’t Care Less), 1990
  • Atole Ontorin (Captive In the Abyss), 1991
  • Balikar Gollachut (Game of the Girls), 1992
  • Behula Eka Bhashiyechilo Bhela (Behula Floated the Raft Alone), 1993
  • Ay Kosto Jhepe, Jibon Debo Mepe (Pain Come Roaring Down, I’ll Measure Out My Life for You), 1994
  • Nirbashito Narir Kobita (Poems From Exile), 1996
  • Jolopodyo (Waterlilies), 2000
  • Khali Khali Lage (Feeling Empty), 2004
  • Kicchukhan Thako( Stay For A While), 2005

Essay collections

  • Nirbachito column (Selected Columns)
  • Jabo na Keno jabo (I will not go; why should I?)
  • Noshto meyer noshto goddo (Corrupt prose of a corrupt girl)
  • ChoTo choTo dukkho kotha (Tale of trivial sorrows)

Novels

  • Oporpokkho (The Opponenet) 1992
  • Shodh (Revenge), 1992 (ISBN 978-8188575053)
  • Nimontron (Invitation) 1993
  • Phera (Return) 1993
  • Bhromor Koio Gia (Tell Him The Secret) 1994
  • Forashi Premik (French Lover) 2002
  • Lajja (Shame), (ISBN 978-0140240511)

Lajja (Bengali: লজ্জা Lôjja) is a novel in Bengali by Taslima Nasrin, a writer of Bangladesh. ...

Autobiography

  • Amar Meyebela (My Girlhood), 1999
  • Utal Hawa (Wild Wind), 2002
  • Ka (Speak Up), 2003
  • Dwikhondito (Split-up in Two), 2003
  • Sei Sob Andhokar (All those darkness), 2004
  • Meyebela, My Bengali Girlhood - A Memoir of Growing Up Female in a Muslim World, 2002 (ISBN 1-58642-051-8)
  • Ami Bhalo Nei, Tumi Bhalo Theko Priyo Desh (I am not okay, but you stay well my beloved homeland), 2006.

Meyebela, My Bengali Girlhood is an autobiographical book by Bangladeshi feminist writer Taslima Nasrin. ...

Awards

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See also

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References

  1. ^ a b c Indian Muslim group calls for beheading of writer, Khaleej Times Online / Agence France-Presse, 17 March 2007
  2. ^ For freedom of expression - by Taslima Nasreen
  3. ^ Cleric quizzed over author threat, BBC News, June 27, 2006
  4. ^ a b "Muslim lawmakers attack Taslima Nasreen", Reuters, 2007-08-09. Retrieved on 2007-08-28. 
  5. ^ a b "Protesters attack author Nasreen", BBC News, 2007-08-09. Retrieved on 2007-08-28. 
  6. ^ a b Iyer, Radhika. "Taslima Attacked", NDTV, 2007-08-09. Retrieved on 2007-08-28. 
  • Taslima Nasreen and Others, a colleciton of poems by women poets of Bangladesh compiled by Faizul Latif Chowdhury, 1999, Dibya Prokash, Dhaka.

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