Taslima Nasreen
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The writer is a feminist, author and poet.

POLITICS

 |   5-minute read

Triple Talaq from Reality: Abolition of the 7th century triple talaq won’t benefit women in 21st century India much

Medieval Triple Talaq was banned in several Islamic nations, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, decades ago. The delay in India shows the painful grip patriarchal religion has here.

POLITICS

 |   6-minute read

Permit to reside: I treasure India more than many Indians. UPA targeted me. I hope BJP empowers me to stay

It's been 25 years since Bangladesh closed its doors to me. Despite the chance of living in the West, I chose India out of sheer love. So-called secular forces targeted me. Will others help?

POLITICS

 |   6-minute read

Despite all your glib talk: 'Article 15' shines a harsh light on the dark truth of caste and gender oppression in India

Caste remains as brutal and pervasive as ever in India. But violence against women by men transcends even caste. It threatens all women and it unites all men.

POLITICS

 |   8-minute read

Zaira Wasim's decision to quit is sinister: This is not spiritualism but dangerous political Islam

In this view, women of the faith can have no freedom, no talent, no life beyond being actual and sexual slaves of men. Who are free to do as they like. Zaira Wasim's withdrawal is so scary.

POLITICS

 |   8-minute read

Hear The Hindu Voice: Simply chanting 'Jai Shri Ram' doesn't make a person a Hindu fanatic. But MPs chanting this are evading their jobs

In the Lok Sabha, we have now heard the chants of 'Jai Shri Ram' and ‘Allah Hu Akbar,’ but why do politicians shout religious slogans rather than voice the people's right to food, clothing and shelter?

ART & CULTURE

 |   6-minute read

How maulanas in Bangladesh use fatwas to oppress women

[Book extract] Though passing a fatwa was illegal as per the laws of the country, it was allowed within the tenets of Islam.

POLITICS

 |   10-minute read

Taslima Nasreen writes to Sheikh Hasina: Why do you weep for Rohingyas, but not for me?

You have banished me from Bangladesh, have no sympathy for assassinated atheist bloggers, yet you have opened the doors for the foreign refugees.

VOICES

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Taslima Nasreen: What my Ajanta-Ellora experience taught me

Faced with restrictions and living in exile, acclaimed author of Lajja asks if she has no country, no land to call her own.

ART & CULTURE

 |   8-minute read

Truth is, Islam isn't compatible with democracy

[Book extract] Without allowing criticism of Islam, it will be difficult for Muslim countries to separate the State and religion.

POLITICS

 |   2-minute read

Why I blame Sheikh Hasina for Niloy Neel's death

The Bangladesh government has done nothing to save these important and urgent voices of reason.