Taslima Nasreen: Don’t think India is an intolerant country

"I don't think India is an intolerant country. Most of the people are quite tolerant for each other's faith, I think", she said at the Kerala Literature Festival in Kozhikode.

By: PTI | Kozhikode | Updated: February 7, 2016 3:40 pm
taslima nasreen, taslima ban, taslima chidambaram, chidambaram book ban, chidambaram rushdie ban, india news, latest news, chidambaram satanic verses, “I don’t think India is an intolerant country. Most of the people are quite tolerant for each other’s faith, I think”, Taslima Nasreen said.

Bangladeshi author 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 at all.

“I don’t think India is an intolerant country. Most of the people are quite tolerant for each other’s faith, I think”, she said at the Kerala Literature Festival in Kozhikode on Saturday evening, 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 so many intolerant people in the country.”

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Responding to a question, she said, “Why secularists in India were questioning only Hindu fundamentalists 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 that religion should be kept separated from government, she said influence of religion in lawmaking has caused “oppression” of both Hindu and Muslim women in Bangladesh.

More than 150 writers of national and international repute are taking part in the four-day festival which concludes on Sunday.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Feb 7, 2016 at 11:19 am
    Yes On Her Chest 😂
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      Akbar Ali
      Feb 8, 2016 at 2:33 am
      Must a holiday for terrorist in stan. See a lot of trolls on site.
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        indian
        Feb 7, 2016 at 3:13 pm
        Not one word of protest from pseudos against those threatening Taslima.
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          Aap
          Feb 7, 2016 at 12:50 pm
          She says all religions were anti women but not all religions are anti women. Good to know Her knowledge towards religions is improving.
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            Sirius
            Feb 7, 2016 at 4:51 pm
            Ms. Tasleema, I wish you had exhibited the same courage in Sept-Oct 2015 ...
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              MyTake
              Feb 7, 2016 at 8:45 am
              India would have done better if it was more intolerant to the crooks and night raiders,. There is still time to do that!
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                Fixer
                Feb 7, 2016 at 12:10 pm
                Most of the times she talks a bitter truth.
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                  kapil bajaj
                  Feb 7, 2016 at 11:35 am
                  But India has nothing to do with "religion" beyond the two imports of Islam and Christianity. The concept of "religion" is alien to India. The country has always had "culture" but no "religion". Only Judaism, Christianity and Islam qualify as "religion" - which is essentially an abusive labelling system that is inimical to the syncretism and holism of all human cultures. There is absolutely nothing in India's diverse cultures or panths, sampradayas, gyan margs, etc. that remotely resembles the abusive and ethnocidal concept of "religion". "religion" is indeed another name for colonialism and imperialism, which is what Judeo-Christianity and Islam have always been.
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                    Rajesh
                    Feb 7, 2016 at 11:38 am
                    *your
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                      Rajesh
                      Feb 7, 2016 at 9:20 am
                      But Tasleema, Jihadi Aamir is not feeling safe !!! You might be getting death threats from Mullahs daily, but that Bollywood billionaire is unsafe.
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                        Rajesh
                        Feb 7, 2016 at 11:38 am
                        He isnt talking about i ammi, Bob.
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                          Qaiser Qaiser
                          Feb 7, 2016 at 11:24 am
                          If she will not say like this then her visa will be cancel next day by BJP
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                            PKR
                            Feb 7, 2016 at 3:13 pm
                            Tasleema beware you are now to be called as Bhakt ,Chaddi ....Your straight forward talk that too in secular Kerala is bound to affect your image.
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                              Baba
                              Feb 7, 2016 at 1:43 pm
                              Beware mam, or the self proclaimed INDIAN SECULARISTS and other congi CHAMCHAS will tag u as intolerant....
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                                mangomano
                                Feb 7, 2016 at 10:09 am
                                where is Nehru's niece..who got award by influence...so called writer..... where is she? is she available for comment?
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                                  ms
                                  Feb 7, 2016 at 11:06 am
                                  we as Indian never had any doubt about our country....but media group like NDTV/Indian express highlighting theses incidence for their own self interest and show their support and loyalty towards congress party.......
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                                    heena
                                    Feb 7, 2016 at 10:24 am
                                    We have anti national elements like karnad, Champ, Bargur, . How Taslima can write all these things. The pseudo secularist get enraged and quit the country.
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                                      Pankaj Kumar
                                      Feb 8, 2016 at 6:34 am
                                      India is tolarent country but still some fear persist, if you say something even amicably against the ruling party.
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                                        Narsimha Reddy
                                        Feb 7, 2016 at 9:27 am
                                        Where are you SRK and AMIR traitors get lost from my country I am Muslims settled and I have nice job in HYD and enjoying everything I hate MIM and I VOTED BJP and I fully support TEAM MODI he is doing great job for our country I hate CONGRESS they are just looters 60 years they destro our country PROUD TO BE INDIAN
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                                          Sajeev Kumar
                                          Feb 7, 2016 at 10:04 am
                                          "Intolerance" "Award Vapasi Brigade" "Secularism" are results of frustration and sponsored by a political party who are used to enjoy slavery and could not come to terms with the reality!!
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                                            Sajjad
                                            Feb 7, 2016 at 3:32 pm
                                            Now we understand two things: 1. what all award wapsi did - by nayanthara and arunthathi were sheer DRAMA 2. All these were engineered by Soniaji and Rahulji..to create problems for Modi and BJP. Soniaji and Rahulji have no special skills or experience...so the only way for them to come back to power is to create problems for Modiji and BJP - a negative approach, that will never work. PEOPLE KNOW BOTH MOTHER AND SON ARE VERY SHALLOW and they are supported by their sycophants - ONLY FOR SELFISH REASONS. None of them are really interested in people, but only in themselves and their families. Even Soniaji or Rahulji are not interested in people or in any of their party men. They are interested only in Rahul, Priyanka, Robert and G children and Sonia's sisters in Italy. People , especially Hindus are their last priority in life. They hate Hindus and they fool Muslims by throwing Iftar party to steal their votes..... Muslims have understood this and it will also not work. SORRY SONIAJI OR RAHULJI...YOU CAN BUY YOUR TICKETS TO ROME SOON......But do not forget to return our money before leaving !
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