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Don’t think India is intolerant country, says Taslima Nasreen

Taslima said that a democracy based on pseudo-secularism was not a true democracy at all

india Updated: Feb 07, 2016 13:54 IST
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Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen says that a democracy based on pseudo-secularism is not a true democracy at all.

Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen does not feel that India is an “intolerant” country and wondered why secularists in the country were questioning only Hindu fundamentalists. She also said that a democracy based on pseudo-secularism was not a true democracy atall.

“I don’t think India is an intolerant country. Most of the people are quitetolerant for each other’s faith, I think”, she said at the Kerala Literature Festival in Kozhikode on Saturday, joining the debate over ‘intolerance’.

The author, living in exile in India after incurring the wrath of fundamentalists back home over a novel written by her in 1994, said, “The laws in the country (India) do not support intolerance. But there are somany intolerant people in the country.”

Responding to a question,she said: “Why secularists in India were questioning only Hindufundamentalists while leaving alone Muslim fundamentalists.” “True conflict in India was between secularism and fundamentalism, between innovation and tradition and between people who value freedom and who do not”, she said.

“All religions were anti-women though distortions caused by fundamentalists added to it”, Nasreen said explaining her struggle against fundamentalism.

Holding thatreligion should be kept separated from government, she said influence of religion in lawmaking has caused “oppression” of both Hindu andMuslim women in Bangladesh. More than 150 writers of national and international repute are taking part in the four-day festival which concludes on Sunday.

First Published: Feb 07, 2016 13:25 IST