Exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen, a citizen of Sweden, has been getting Indian visa on a continuous basis since 2004. In 1993, Nasreen wrote novel “Lajja” following which a fatwa was issued against her is because of her criticism of the religion. As a result, Nasrin was soon forced into hiding and then into exile from her home in Bangladesh. She took refuge in Kolkata in 2004, but a virulent mob of religious fanatics took to the streets on November 2007, and the erstwhile Left Front government whisked her away to New Delhi where she has been living since then. Though she has also stayed in the US and Europe during the last two decades, on many occasions she had expressed her wish to live in India permanently, especially in Kolkata.
Recently, she created a controversy by tweeting a ‘photoshopped’ image of an elderly Muslim man wearing a skull cap pouring whisky into a plastic cup held by another man in saffron robes. Now, in an article, she has reacted strongly against the recent killing of Mohammad Afrazul, 48, a labourer from Malda, West Bengal, in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand. Afrazul was killed by Shambhulal Regar, 36, a resident of Rajsamand. Regar had called the labourer to a desolated place on the pretext of doing some construction work and hacked him to death with a pickaxe and then burnt his body.
“I have not watched how terrorists hacked to death the Bangladeshi freethinkers Abhijit, Bijoy, Washikur, Deepan. But I have seen how Shambhulal brutally murdered Afrazul in Rajasthan, courtesy his nephew’s video on the internet. The murder-video was broadcast on the internet, just like ISIS does. ISIS knows that in their strongholds in Syria, no police will come to arrest them. Shambhulal probably also thought that no one would punish him.”
“Many women ran off from Shambhulal’s village and married Muslim men. Some say Shambhulal killed the first Muslim man he got his hands on and killed him to instill fear in Muslim men who marry Hindu women to convert. The question is: how did Shambhulal gain this ISIS-like courage? Are there other people like him, who support his opposition to Muslims? He assumed he wouldn’t be condemned, but praised.”
Soon after her article, well-known academic and activist Madhu Kishwar, slammed her and tweeted this:
Strange that @taslimanasreen takes shelter in India because she is not safe in Bangladesh or any Islamic country & then compares Hindu organisations to ISIS. Sad to say but she’s one of the most ill informed celebrity I’ve met. https://t.co/Zmw8EU7y7J
— MadhuPurnima Kishwar (@madhukishwar) December 15, 2017
And it was not just Kishwar, others too criticised her for her comparison:
Advertisement— Chitra Subramaniam (@chitraSD) December 14, 2017
Twitterati too reacted on her views:
Biting the hand that feeds..
— Sumedh Habbu (@sumedhhabbu) December 14, 2017
No one support murder,but refugee Taslima comparing isolated murder in Rajasthan with organized religious barbarism of Islamic state is unacceptable.
With Islamicnations on west,800 years Islamic invasions & partition in 1947,still muslims live securely & its bcoz of Hindus.
— Advaita (@AdiShankaraa) December 14, 2017
By comparing patriotic RSS & ISIS you are only insulting ISIS victims.
VHP isn’t product of any book or prophet like ISIS, it’s a reaction to deeply communal politics among muslims which led to partition. You can’t ignore the genuine concerns among Hindus about another partition.
— Advaita (@AdiShankaraa) December 15, 2017
साहब तब कहां थे जब बंगाल में हिंदुओं को जलाया जा रहा था। एक भी हिंदू राजस्थान कि घटना को सही नहीं कह रहा। तुम हिंदू हो बेबकूफ हो तुम जो इस तरह की बात कर रहें हों। क्या तुम किसी का मर्डर कर सकते हो? शायद नहीं लेकिन अधिकतर मुस्लिम मर्डर आसानी से कर सकते हैं। पहले समझो फिर कुछ बोलों
— UNOFFICIAL BABA (@AtulJHABaba) December 14, 2017