Some city-based writers today expressed their surprise at author Taslima Nasreens allegation against littérateur and Sahitya Akademi president Sunil Gangopadhyay.
Author Sankha Ghosh said he has never heard of such allegations. Im rather surprised at this kind of an outburst. When she was driven out of Kolkata,Taslima was very respectful towards Sunil Gangopadhyay. At that point she was running from pillar to post to be able to stay in the city. It is difficult to understand why she is saying these things now. This is wrong,very wrong, Ghosh said.
Nasreen on Monday had tweeted: Sunil Gangapadhyay is for book banning. He sexually harassed me and many other women. He is the president of the Sahitya Akademi. Shame shame!. She also implied that Gangopadhyay had created the circumstances so that her book was banned and she was ousted from the city.
Writer Debesh Roy pointed out that the allegations levelled by Taslima is prima facie clumsy. It is not clear whether she is complaining about not getting her book published or about the sexual harassment she suffered. In any case she has mixed up the two allegations. Moreover,she has made a comment that such a person should not hold the post of president of such an organisation such as the Sahitya Akademi. To say such a thing is beyond her competence because the president of the Akademi is elected by voters. It is none of her business, Roy said.
While many city-based authors refused to comment on the issue,author Rimi B Chatterjee said she has never heard a literary figure making such an allegation against a colleague. She referred to the incident of author and publisher David Davedar,who had faced accusations of sexually harassing a co-worker,adding that it might be similar but not exactly the same.