Days after a function to launch her latest book was cancelled, exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasrin said she has become a victim of political convenience.
“Both the (erstwhile) Left Front government and the one led by Mamata Banerjee prefer appeasing fundamentalists rather than protecting the writers,” Nasrin told HT.
Her book Nirbashan (The Exile) was scheduled to be launched at the Kolkata Book Fair on Wednesday. The event was cancelled after some minority community leaders met the police and expressed reservations against it. But the publisher, People’s Book Society, released the book at its stall.
The latest installment of Nasrin’s autobiography details the circumstances of her forced exile from Kolkata in November 2007 following threats from Islamic fundamentalists who were protesting her book Dwikhandito.
“The Left Front drove me out to ensure that the minority votes went its way. But did they eventually get the votes?” she asked. “How much do I really matter in swaying a vote bank?”
“A few pro-change intellectuals earlier led Bring Back Taslima campaigns during the Left Front regime,” Nasrin told HT over the phone.
“Now, they are totally silent and that is astonishing. I don’t think they have started disliking me, but I don’t understand why they did not raise their voices this time.”