Mahasweta Devi Slams Bengal Govt for Banishing Taslima

Mahasweta Devi Slams Bengal Govt for Banishing Taslima
The decision to banish Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen from Kolkata is one of the reasons why the Left Front government in West Bengal will have to go away, noted writer Mahasweta Devi said today.

In a written statement to NGO Women Against Oppression, which observed the third anniversary of Taslima's departure from Kolkata, the Magsaysay-winning writer said the banishment of the writer happened "under pressure from a particular group of people".

"To take away the freedom of writing from a writer is not justified and we want Taslima back in the city," she said and appealed to those working for bringing about a "change" in the state to fight for the writer's return.

Nasreen was forced to leave the city on November 22, 2007 and, then, the country after a brief stay in Delhi.

Poet Joy Goswami used the occasion to request the central and state governments to help bring Nasreen in the country and allow her to write freely.
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