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.
      1. I
        Feb 7, 2016 at 3:13 pm
        Not one word of protest from pseudos against those threatening Taslima.
        1. A
          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.
          1. S
            Feb 7, 2016 at 4:51 pm
            Ms. Tasleema, I wish you had exhibited the same courage in Sept-Oct 2015 ...
            1. M
              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!
              1. F
                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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