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Assault on Taslima Nasreen
Taslima Nasreen for UCC <!--emo&:thumbsup--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbup.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='thumbup.gif' /><!--endemo-->

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Addressing a meet-the-press programme here, Nasreen said Muslim fundamentalists should not be treated as representative of the Muslim community. "The code should be based on equality and justice and not on religion," she said adding that the biggest tragedy of mankind was that morality has been hijacked by religion<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
No doubt current secular govt is not interested in her stay in India.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>What Kamala Surayya revealed to Taslima</b>--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
9/25/2006 3:32:42 PM HK Correspondent
On 21st August 2006, Thaslima Nasreen, the famous Bangladeshi writer living in exile in India due to Islamic persecution visited Kerala on the occasion of the releasing function of the Malayalam translations of four of her books.

During her four day visit, the first thing she did after getting down in the airport was to visit Kamala Surayya (Kamala Das). Relevant extracts of her conversation with Kamala Surayya, blacked out by secular media, and published in “Theertha Saradhi” travel magazine is quoted below:

Thaslima Nasreen and Kamala Surayya talked about many diverse topics including the sufferings of Thaslima Nasreen at the hands of her cruel husband and the lack of freedom of women in Islam. Thaslima told Surayya that Quran doesn’t give any freedom to women.

Thaslima: “Why have you committed this bamboozling error?”

Surayya: silence

Thaslima: “Do you regret for converting to Islam?”

Surayya: after a brief silence “Yes”

<b>Surayya added that she doesn’t want to change religion any more and even the thought about that brings great fear to her as she only wants the safety of her children and grand children now. </b>

Thaslima comments: “Surayya has realized that Islam is a religion which doesn’t give equality to women. She is now imprisoned in the cage of Islam. She has to break the cage and come out. She should be able to live as she has desired. She should be given an opportunity for that.” <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Taslima gets 6-month visa extension  </b>
Pioneer News Service | New Delhi
The Government has granted another six months' visa extension to Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen who is living in exile in India for the last one and half years.

Union Home Ministry sources on Thursday said that the six-month residential permit granted to her earlier was due to expire on February 17 and now she would be able to live in the country from February 18 onwards.
<b>'Men made religions so that they could have fun' </b>
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Fatwa to blacken Taslima's face

New Delhi: A Muslim cleric on Thursday issued a fatwa that the face of controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen be blackened for her alleged comments against Islam and demanded that she be immediately expelled from India.

In a live interaction with Taslima on a local Bengali TV channel, the Imam of the Tipu Sultan mosque, Noorul Rahman Barkati, said he had issued the fatwa against the author for her comments against Islam and its prophet.

Barkati also said that he had offered a reward of Rs 50,000 for anybody who would blacken Taslima's face as he urged authorities to immediately deport her to Bangladesh.

Taslima, who fled Bangladesh several years ago following threats to her life by fundamentalists there, has been living in Kolkata since the last one year.

During the interaction, Taslima denied having said anything against Islam or insulted Prophet Mohammed, but said that she is living in a democracy where freedom of expression is guaranteed to everybody.

She also said that she was fighting for the rights of women and she would continue to do so.

"In a democratic country one does not have the right to gag somebody by issuing a fatwa," Taslima said.

The author had yesterday clarified that her comments during the seminar had been distorted to the advantage of fundamentalist organisations.

Security was tightened by the city police at the residence of the 44-year-old Bangladeshi writer after the controversy broke out.

With inputs from PTI

"Educated" Muslim justifying what happened in Hyd in the video:


Check the kind of people elected to public office now:
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->''We are not bothered about our MLA status. We are Muslims first. And its our responsibility to test those who have said anything against Islam in which ever way possible,'' said Akbaruddin Owaisi, MIM MLA.

Video of these MLA's in action:

MIM: She will be killed next time

Hyderabad, Aug. 9: The Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen has warned that it will not allow Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen to go back alive if she dared to come back to the city while the Majlis Bachao Tehreek claimed that their plan to kill her was foiled by the MIM attack. Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy and Home Minister K. Jana Reddy, who restricted themselves to a cursory condemnation of the attack on the writer, chose not to react to these open threats obviously because of political reasons. Police also claimed that they had not come across the statements.

“We are very proud of our MLAs and activists who assaulted her,” said MIM leader and MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi. “We will implement the fatwa issued against Taslima if she comes to the city again.” The MIM leader felt it was not wrong to make such a threat though he was an MLA who took oath on the Constitution. “First of all I am a Muslim,” he said. “So I have to vent my anger against a person who insults Islam. Then only I can think of my responsibility as an MLA. As we are protecting the sanctity of Islam, we are not at fault.” Meanwhile, Home Minister K. Jana Reddy said the government would review the sections under which the cases were booked against the MIM MLAs if necessary.

He said this after it was pointed out the MIM MLAs who attacked Taslima had merely been booked for rioting while Congress MLA P. Janardhan Reddy’s son was booked for attempt to murder after a road brawl recently. The MIM leaders refused to express any regret over the incident. Mr Owaisi, for instance, recalled that Hindu fundamentalists had attacked M.F. Hussain alleging that he had insulted Goddess Saraswati through his paintings. “We also condemned him,” he reminded.

When asked if he was equating himself with the mob that attacked Mr Hussain, he avoided a direct answer. “Instead of filing cases against us, police should book case against the organisers for allowing Taslima to make provocative speeches against Islaa m,” he said. MIM president Salahuddin Owaisi also asked the Centre not to give asylum to the writer, who has been disowned by her homeland Bangladesh.

At the same time, the Majlis Bachao Tehreek made an even more alarming claim that they had been planning to kill Taslima. “We were all set to kill her,” said Majidullah Khan Farhat, official spokesman of the party. “The MIM activists attacked her with flowers and foiled our plans. It is shameful on their part to stage such a drama.”

City police commissioner Balwinder Singh, however, said that the statements of MIM and MBT had not come to his notice. “As soon as we notice them, we will take appropriate steps,” he said. :rotfl:The home minister was also hard put to explain why cases were booked against MIM MLAs on ‘lighter’ sections and why the police were treating the issue as a protest and not an attack. “It depends on the police officer. The government can review it and alter sections. We can take action against the police officer if he is found to have put the wrong sections intentionally,” he said.

The home minister joked that the police could only book a petty case of abuse even if someone hurts another person’s feelings using the filthiest language. “We condemn the incident and will take action,” was the cryptic reaction of the chief minister soon after the attack. He remained incommunicado after that. The CMO also did not comment on the threat by Mr Owaisi that his party would harm Taslima if she came to Hyderabad again.

Sources in the CMO said that the government did not want to antagonise either the MIM or Muslims in the run up to the elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. Moreover, the Congress would need the support of the MIM to checkmate the TRS in Telangana in the Assembly polls. Meanwhile, the police have stepped up security arrangements at the Mecca Masjid and several other parts of old city in the wake of the Friday prayers. The old city has been put on alert and additional platoons of Rapid Action Force were posted at the mosque.

up... all Taslima Nasreen news sinnpets here please.
<b>Taslima in the dock, Hyd cops book her for hurting Muslims</b>

<b>Taslima attack: Should art respect religion?</b>
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Why MIM will go scotfree </b>
Swapan Dasgupta
Those familiar with Hyderabad will tell you that there are two faces of the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), the Owaisi family-led organisation that exercises a stranglehold over the city's Muslim community. There is the acceptable face comprising a network of educational institutions and healthcare centres. The flip side is not so much in evidence on the main roads but surfaces in the by-lanes of the old city.<b> Here, a lingering nostalgia for the good old days of the Nizam - including the hero worship of the Razakar supremo Kasim Rizvi who left for Pakistan in 1948 - blends with an exclusivist and aggressive Islamism, loosely of the kind practised by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt</b>. 

Sixty years ago, the Razakars fought a brutal and rearguard battle against Hyderabad being usurped by democracy. Sardar Vallabbhai Patel, who was not inclined to be indulgent towards trouble-makers just because they spoke poetic Urdu, sent the Army into Hyderabad State in 1948 and instructed the miserly Nizam to be content with a handsome privy purse. Hyderabad was integrated into the Indian Union and soon assumed the new Telugu identity of Andhra Pradesh.

<b>The remnants of the Razakar movement - those who didn't join the exodus to Pakistan - lay low till the 1960s and then slowly regrouped. The revanchists found an inspiring leader in Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi. He transformed the MIM from a fringe group to the status of a dominant one among the Muslims of Hyderabad</b>. The MIM has held the Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat since 1971 and controls five of its Assembly segments. <b>It has ruthlessly crushed any challenge from other Muslim organisations and converted the old city into a veritable no-go area for other political parties and even law enforcement agencies. </b>The Hyderabad police, by and large, is unable to enter MIM strongholds - a reason why many undesirables use the area as havens.

It is the existence of this bizarre Islamic state in the heart of the Andhra Pradesh capital that explains the defiant reaction of MIM legislators to the assault on Bangladeshi dissident Tasleema Nasreen last Thursday. The brazenness with which Akbaruddin Owaisi, the leader of MIM in the Assembly, declared that "it is legitimate to kill Tasleema Nasreen under Islamic law, but unfortunately we couldn't do it" reveals two things. First, to the MIM and the Owaisis, their version of Islamic law takes precedence over Indian laws. Second, the competitive extremism witnessed in Hyderabad is an indication that the State is confronted by the unique problem of the emotional secession of an entire ghetto from India.

These conclusions are not over-reactions. All over India, indulgent political parties fearful of offending minority sentiments have permitted Islamist ghettos where the writ of the State does not run. Initially, this belief was couched in tacit acceptance of the "one country, many systems" principle. However, of late, this has degenerated into accommodation of radical Islamism, including terrorism.

<b>It is, for example, one thing to shed tears for a Bollywood star whose family is linked to the Congress. However, the secularist demand for the exoneration of Sanjay Dutt (and one of the Memon brothers) is also coupled with the claim that the March 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai were, somehow, a legitimate reaction to the January 1993 riots.</b> Read with the courting of the Al-Ummah chief after he was (predictably) acquitted in the Coimbatore blasts case and the continuing Government inaction over the death sentence for convicted terrorist Afzal Guru, the alarming indication is that votebank politics is moving in a dangerous direction and now includes mollycoddling terrorists.

I don't believe any real action will be taken against the MIM activists who assaulted Tasleema. On the contrary, the furore over her alleged blasphemy is almost certain to result in either the cancellation or non-renewal of her tourist visa. The Razakars are on the verge of a famous victory which, ironically, will enhance their reputation as the real protectors of the faith.
Taslima has been charged with spreading the communal hatred and compaint has been lodged w/ police.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Taslima has been charged with spreading the communal hatred and compaint has been lodged w/ police.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
And MIM will receive Bharat Ratna.
This is appeasement and now you don't hear any chest beater from anywhere.
<!--QuoteBegin-Capt Manmohan Kumar+Aug 12 2007, 02:40 AM-->QUOTE(Capt Manmohan Kumar @ Aug 12 2007, 02:40 AM)<!--QuoteEBegin-->Taslima has been charged with spreading the communal hatred and compaint has been lodged w/ police.

I can't believe the type of sh*t that happens in India. I can only imagine the ruckus they would have thrown if it was a Hindu crowd trying to attack some muslim lady. Moreover these bloggers and "expert opinion" generators crawl back into their holes when these things happen and we don't hear a squeak from them. All signs point out to a dhimmi state in the making, that is, if it already isn't one. Her Ahmedabad (i think) trip is also canceled. Good job sickulars, real free society.
Swati Maheshwari
Friday, August 10, 2007 (New Delhi)
The attack on exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen has exposed deep-rooted hypocrisy with regard to fundamentalist protests against creative freedom in India.

Political condemnation has been not as vocal against the Muslim political party Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen's (MIM) attack on Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen.

Though she stays in exile from her country in Kolkata, even the Left government had banned one of her books.

Fundamentalism at its worst, ironically elected representatives of India's democracy saying they may be MLAs but are Muslims first.

Three months ago a fine arts student in Baroda was jailed and his works vandalized by Sangh Parivar activists for painting what they saw as blasphemous images of Hindu deities.

<b>But here's the difference, the Baroda incident led a nation wide outpouring of outrage at this moral policing by Hindu fundamentalists, as busloads of human rights activists and celebrities converged at the MS University in Baroda to support the student. </b>

<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>In Taslima's case the activists are either yet to mobilise support for the beleaguered writer and protest against similar attempts at censorship by Muslim activists or don't feel as strongly as they did for the Baroda student. </span> <!--emo&:roll--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ROTFL.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='ROTFL.gif' /><!--endemo-->

Brazenly unapologetic

A day after the MIM an ally of the UPA has been brazenly unapologetic about its attack and the MLAs have been let out on bail in what seems to be tacit support of the state government.

The Congress has been guarded in its reaction uncertain about how strongly they should condemn the act.

<b>''Writers have other subjects to write. Why just religion?'' asked Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chief Minister, Jammu & Kashmir. </b>

And the Samajwadi party has gone a step further saying the MLAs were right, not surprising in a party where a minister announced a Rs 50 crore fatwa against a Danish cartoonist for allegedly blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Mohammed.

<b>''I will ask the government to get her visa revoked. She should be thrown out of the country,'' said Shahid Aqla, Samajwadi Party.</b>

Many would see this as political doublespeak on issues of freedom of speech and expression but perhaps no one understands the need to clamp down on Muslim radicals better than the Muslim community itself.

<b>''Those who think that their action is justified because she vilified Islam have actually done more harm,'' said Shabana Azmi, actor.</b>

Action against perpetrators of such attacks would perhaps set the record straight about secularism, not just lip service to it. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<b>Case against MIM legislator for threatening to kill Nasreen</b>
<!--QuoteBegin-Mudy+Aug 12 2007, 09:50 PM-->QUOTE(Mudy @ Aug 12 2007, 09:50 PM)<!--QuoteEBegin--><!--QuoteBegin--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20070022229&ch=8/11/2007%201:12:00%20AM
Swati Maheshwari
Friday, August 10, 2007 (New Delhi)
The attack on exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen has exposed deep-rooted hypocrisy with regard to fundamentalist protests against creative freedom in India.

<b>''Writers have other subjects to write. Why just religion?'' asked Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chief Minister, Jammu & Kashmir. </b>

<b>''Those who think that their action is justified because she vilified Islam have actually done more harm,'' said Shabana Azmi, actor.</b>

Action against perpetrators of such attacks would perhaps set the record straight about secularism, not just lip service to it. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

Nabi: They write about your murderour "religion" because it advocates rape, killing etc. Is all this new to you? Smug little b@stard..

Shabana: Don't flatter yourself, sweetheart. We still know what a black heart you have..Vilifying Hindus wherever you go..

The most damage to Islam has been done by Muhammad, the proffit, when he invented the piece of crap and linked to "god"...
<b>Taslima’s proposed visit to Allahabad cancelled</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Sunday, 12 August , 2007, 00:28 

Allahabad: The proposed visit of controversial writer Taslima Nasreen here next week has been cancelled in view of the stiff opposition from local Muslim leaders and the assault on her in Hyderabad.
"The visit of the writer, who was invited to deliver a lecture on her life and struggle at the Allahabad University on August 14, has been cancelled keeping in mind the welfare of the institution as well as the entire city," vice-chancellor of the university Prof Rajen G Harshe said on Saturday night.

He said ever since Nasreen's proposed visit was announced, "we had been witnessing fanatics protesting and issuing all sorts of threats, which had created an atmosphere which was not conducive for a centre for learning." <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Tolerance under attack </b>
JS Rajput
The assault on Taslima Nasreen is being perceived as a section of Muslims attacking a defiant Muslim woman whose books enrage the clergy. This should worry those who wish to preserve India's culture

The reactions to the attack on Taslima Nasreen by MIM MLAs and cadre in Hyderabad on August 9 have been along predictable lines. For the electronic media, it was a big opportunity and the footage of the shameful incident was telecast for hours. The 24x7 channels repeatedly informed their viewers that the footage had to be edited as some of the utterances of the attackers were too indecent to be telecast.

Then there were experts to offer comments. A woman writer, who obviously does not like Taslima Nasreen, asserted that her entire career was built on "controversies". To create a sense of balance, she criticised "fundamentalists" of every faith. Surprisingly, there has hardly been any vociferous protest by the 'secularists' and women's rights activists. The media has noted this 'secular' silence and that is a ray of hope!

The import of the Hyderabad attack must be seen in totality and not in isolation. After all, it contributes to 'communalising' the mutuality of the two major communities in the country and provides fodder to fundamentalists of all hues. It can be exploited to create social dissension and poison impressionable young minds

The MF Husain issue is largely seen as a Muslim making sustained efforts to provoke Hindu sentiments. The incident involving Taslima Nasreen is being seen as a section of Muslims attacking a defiant Muslim woman who dares express herself and writes books unacceptable to the Islamic clergy and, hence, to the community.

Well-known 'secularists' from the majority community have criticised the 'communal persecution' of MF Husain. Most of them, however, have not found it worthwhile to condemn the attack on Taslima Nasreen.

When intellectuals and scholars look at issues from an ideological perspective instead of analysing them on the basis of facts, it is time to worry about inter-faith amity and the demise of objectivity. It is also time to worry about India's culture, heritage and efforts to create a better future for its people.

Hindus and Muslims share a common culture and also a common heritage. They have to preserve it together, not in isolation. Jawaharlal Nehru best illustrated this in his convocation address at Aligarh Muslim University on January 24, 1948: "I am proud of India, not only because of her ancient, magnificent heritage, but also because of her capacity to add to it by keeping the doors and windows of her mind and spirit open to fresh and invigorating winds from distant lands... How do you feel about the past? Do you feel that you are also a sharer in it, an inheritor of it and, therefore, proud of something that belongs to you as much as to me? ... I ask these questions because in recent years many forces have been at play diverting people's minds into wrong channels and trying to pervert the course of history. You are a Muslim and I am a Hindu. We may adhere to different faiths or even to none; but that does not take away from that cultural inheritance that is yours as well as mine. The past holds us together; why should the present or the future divide us in spirit?"

<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>Before Partition, Mohammed Ali Jinnah was of the opinion that 75 per cent of India's Muslims were converted Hindus. Nehru put this at 95 per cent. </span>The fact remains that in India, Hindus, Muslims and Christians, barring a small percentage, have common ancestors. Apart from faith-specific rituals and practices, Indians of all faiths have innumerable common places of worship and prayer spread across the country.

In the 21st century, all the nations of the world visualise a better future for their next generations and are striving to create a conflict-free world. But certain elements would like to plunge humanity into violence. Afghanistan stands brutalised, Iraq suffers its killings and suicide bomb attacks. Pakistan has begun to taste terrorism. India continues to be a victims of externally supported terrorism.

Had the international community realised the gravity of the situation, the sufferings of so many nations could probably have been minimised if not eliminated fully. In this century, we have to work and live together with 'others' of every variety.

In a multi-religious society, the need for religious harmony and tolerance is of paramount importance. It alone can establish social cohesion without which the question of learning to live and work together shall just remain a distant dream
From: "Kaleem Kawaja" <kaleemkawaja@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 09 Aug 2007 15:12:40 -0400
Kaleem Kawaja

While I am against violent protests and indulging in hooligan acts, even in
the face of provocateuers like Tasleema Nasreen, I support the MIM protest
against the event where Tasleema's blasphemous book was being launched. It
is unfortunate that a few MIM folks got over-excited and indulged in violence.

However MIM should make all other efforts to prevent Tasleema from
publicising her blasphemous and anti-Islam provocations everywhere,
especially in Andhra Pradesh. And MIM should isolate those who help
organize such events to promote Tasleema. <b>How dare she come to Hyderabad -
one of the prominent citadels of Islamic civilization - and indulge in such
terrorism. She must be stopped.</b>

This is not ftreedom of speech. This is a terrorist bent on humiliating and
hurting Muslims's religious sentiments.

Kaleem Kawaja<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

Enjoy his email, he supports freedom of speech for MMF Hussain.
And then the pseculars keep wondering why Hindus don't believe in psecularism. It's so two-faced that it's but natural we reject it. An utter fraud. If only these these and other incidents of Indian Psecular Strikes (like the hypocrisy in MFH vs Danish cartoons) could be made transparent to the entire world, so the rest of the planet no longer stands the blinkers put on them by the international media. India could do with all the help it can get in exposing the terroristas and their psecular supporters. Seeing as how the fashionable uppities in India only believe what the west tells them to believe and keep hawking western regurgitations of lefty/other psecular local news, this might be the only way to get through to that mentally-segregated section of today's Indian society. Unless they're beyond help already.
Fresh fatwa against Taslima in Kolkata(The stronghold of communist terrorists)

Express News Service

Kolkata, August 17: The Imam of Kolkata’s Tipu Sultan Masjid of Kolkata has provided Taslima Nasrin a month’s time to leave the country.

A fatwa to that effect was pronounced after the Friday prayers before an assembly of about 700 people this afternoon.

“We will not let her live in this country. We are providing the government just a month from today. If the government fails to oust her from the country in that time, we will take recourse to other methods. We will not support her stay in this country,” said Syed Mohammad Noorur Rahman Barkati, Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid.

“If the Imam gives us an order, we will surround her house in Kalighat and force her to leave the country. We wholeheartedly support the action of our men in Hyderabad,” said Samir Mobaraki, Secretary of the masjid.

He was supported by a member of Masjid Bachao Tehrik (MBT), Majidullah Farhad Khan, who had come to the city from Hyderabad to address the gathering.

The MBT member, who claimed to be present at the press conference where Taslima Nasrin was heckled, said : “I request the Muslims of Kolkata to join us in ousting the possessed writer from the country.”

Shocked by the fresh fatwa, Taslima Nasrin said: “I was not aware that fundamentalism had grown roots so deep in this country. I am living here with the government’s permission. I don’t think the government will ask me to leave under pressure.”

The writer also refused to curb her freedom of expression. But she was concerned about those “tutored” people who are ready to go to any extreme.

“We are looking into the matter. We have left no loophole in her security system. She is absolutely safe in the city,” said Gyanwant Singh (DC headquarters).

Amjad Ali Khan, one of the 3 MLAs, who had attacked the writer at the media conference, had arrived to address the gathering. But he was not allowed to address the gathering due to police order, said Singh.

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