Taslima Nasreen writes: If I were to be hacked

Taslima Nasreen writes: "You cannot uproot terrorism by killing terrorists. You need to uproot terrorism at source to end terrorism."

Written by Taslima Nasreen | Updated: July 6, 2016 12:18 pm
Taslima Nasreen, Taslima Nasrin, bangladesh attack, dhaka attack, bangladesh, Taslima Nasrin, bangladesh attack, dhaka attack, dhaka terror attack, bangladesh terror attack, islamic state People attend a candle light vigil for the victims of the attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery and the O’Kitchen Restaurant, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, July 3, 2016. Reuters/Adnan Abidi

Last Friday, I got a death threat again. It came from Ansar Khilafah, an ISIS-oriented militant group, in Kerala. If a group has the name of ISIS attached to it, or has an ISIS touch to it, I fear, they must be experts in hacking.

I often gently touch my neck, also put my hand behind my head, trying to understand what would be the feeling when they stab me from behind, or hack me. Maybe it would be better if they shot me in my head. I have suffered a lot in life, don’t want to suffer in death. Death should be quick. But will they listen to me? I can’t imagine requesting them, begging for life. Instead, I should think I would close my eyes and sing some of my favorite Rabindra sangeets to lessen the pain while being hacked. I don’t know if you can lessen any pain like that, but I don’t have any other option.

I was trying to understand what those 19-20-year-olds were doing when they were being hacked. Were they trying to save their lives, screaming? Did they try to snatch the weapons? There were so many people inside the cafe, I don’t know why all of them together could not attack, defeat the militants? Maybe they thought a rescue team would come to save them, police would come, Army would come. Maybe they were waiting. If I were to wait for someone who would save me from the killers, how would be those minutes, hours — the six hours, the 12 hours? The pistol-gun-dagger-knife-toting killers are parading in front of me and I am waiting. They can behead, shoot me any time, and I am waiting. I shiver to think, my throat goes dry. At the Dhaka cafe, nobody came to their rescue even after 12 hours. Those who were supposed to were waiting outside. Why were they just waiting outside? I don’t know. After three hours had passed, Tarishi Jain’s father was speaking on a local television channel. He was anxious, was saying his daughter was inside the cafe. He was wondering why rescue operation hadn’t started. If those who were supposed to rescue the people really knew how and when to carry out the job, many lives could have been saved.

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I was thinking about Faraaz Hossain. He had been allowed to go, but he didn’t want to leave without his friends. He wanted his friends to be freed too. And since his friends weren’t freed, he didn’t accept the freedom for himself. I am such a sensitive person, I think about people’s welfare all the time, can say I have dedicated my life for this cause, but even I believe if a herd of murderers gave me a safe passage I would escape from the mayhem, without looking back; I would run without waiting for anybody. Everybody would run (in such a situation). Only Faraaz didn’t. Faraazs are perhaps born only once in a century.

Taslima Nasreen, Taslima Nasreen bangladesh, Taslima Nasrin, bangladesh attack, dhaka attack, dhaka terror attack, bangladesh terror attack, islamic state Activists in India participate in a candle light vigil protesting the Bangladesh restaurant attack, in Kolkata. Bangladeshi forces stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s Gulshan area where heavily armed militants held dozens of people hostage Saturday morning, rescuing some captives including foreigners. Poster reads “Dhaka, no more blood.” (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

The militants got what they wanted. They wanted to shake the world, they did. They wanted to earn Punya (virtuousness) by killing non-Muslims, maybe they succeeded in that too. How were they able to hack so many people, so many young boys and girls? They hadn’t hacked anyone before, how could they hack not one or two but 20 people? In reality, a belief can make people do many impossible things. I don’t know who brainwashed the militants, but whatever was fed into their brains, they believed without asking any question. A lot like the two Boston bomber brothers from Chechenia. They looked smart but didn’t have the ability to intellectually and rationally (logically) consider anything. Religion is truth, the religious book is truth. The religious book was written by the creator himself, so whatever is written there needs to be blindly followed. No questions, just acceptance. As a result, they have literally accepted everything written in the religious text from the beginning to end (without paying heed to any sensory perception). They didn’t try to interpret the ancient text in contemporary context. If it said non-believers should be killed, they just understood non-believers should be killed, they didn’t try to interpret the meaning in any other way.

In a society blinded by religion, brainwashing starts right after birth. These people have been hearing the praise of their religion since birth, at home, in schools, colleges, at playgrounds, in trains, buses, on television, radio and in movies and plays. They have been told following religion takes you to heaven, and if you don’t follow religion you face the extreme punishment of hell. (They have been told) your religious book has the solution to all problems of the world, religion is knowledge, religion is science and religion is peace. If you hear something all the time, it becomes part of your subconscious. The base (foundation) remains prepared, you can easily build a palace of belief on it.

Man has always preferred the easy solutions found in religion to science’s continuous research and complicated equations (mathematics). Religion, hence, attracts every one — from illiterate daily-wagers to university scholars. Because understanding science is not as easier as understanding religion.

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Terrorists have been for a long time now hacking to death atheists, seculars, rational writer-bloggers, homosexuals, progressive students and teachers, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has never expressed grief for any such deaths. She has let the killers safely exit the country. She did not bring to justice any of the murderers. She never arrested any of the killers. She did not punish anyone. On the contrary, (she) punished atheist bloggers, sending them behind the bars. She has spoken against freethinking. She has made rules against the right to freedom of expression. For the murder of freethinkers, she has blamed the freethinkers alone. Why did she feel like expressing grief for those who died at the Dhaka cafe? There must be a big politics behind this. Those who were hacked to death at the Dhaka cafe were children of the rich and influential. Was that the reason? Or was it because the world was watching what Hasina would do after a terrorist attack in the city?

Actually, politicians are hypocrites. Will accept what is convenient in the religion, not the rest — it is the Muslims with this mentality who are hypocrites. In fact, those militants were not hypocrites. Whatever they were brainwashed to say, they uttered like mechanised puppets. They didn’t think about their life, they had come that night knowing they would die, believed they were going to heaven. Somebody told them, taught them they would get the reward of jihad, a place in the highest heaven if they killed non-Muslims. After hacking to death the foreigners, displaying the height of atrocity, they told their Muslim countrymen in the morning, ‘we are here only to kill the non-Muslims. We won’t kill you. You all (the Muslims) can leave. We are going to heaven anyways’.

You cannot uproot terrorism by killing terrorists. You need to uproot terrorism at source to end terrorism.

The writer, Taslima Nasreen, is a poet, novelist, and author. The article, originally in Bangla, has been translated by Sanghamitra Mazumdar.

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    chuttan
    Jul 5, 2016 at 6:33 pm
    If i m wrong, pardon me!!
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      chuttan
      Jul 5, 2016 at 6:36 pm
      Lol, how do u know he/she's from kl only?!
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        bonku
        Jul 5, 2016 at 2:13 pm
        Some Bangladeshi News portals are saying that Faraz Hussain is not any hero (as mentioned in this article), but one of the terrorists....
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          Gajini
          Jul 5, 2016 at 11:04 am
          There is little difference between Is-Is and RSS or any other BRAHMIN FRINGE TERRORIST GROUPS. There is no other caste that has its own CHADDI ARMY. That BRAHMIN CHADDI ARMY SHOULD BE BANNED. That is the root cause. And the backers of that BRAHMIN CHADDI ARMY IS IN INDIAN ARMY AND WHAT NOT!!!
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            Yakobi
            Jul 6, 2016 at 4:55 am
            No, by knowing hin dus pros ute, self centered by faith, like you.
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              Yakobi
              Jul 6, 2016 at 4:52 am
              The constant, self sufficient, visit limitisthetruthdotcom to learn more.
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                Yakobi
                Jul 5, 2016 at 9:40 pm
                Ya, if she is hacked, she will smell like a hin du filthy pi g, a usual hin du filthy stink emitting of a hindu stinky by faith, worst then a hin du stinky skunk.
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                Yakobi
                Jul 6, 2016 at 4:56 am
                in hin du criminal by faith minds of hin dus criminals by faith.
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