Friday November 30, 2007
India Will Provide Shelter To Taslima, said the external affairs minister on behalf of his government in Lok Sabha, but added that she will have to eschew "political activities in India or any actions which may harm India's relations with friendly countries" and "will refrain from activities and expressions that may hurt the sentiments of our people". A deal had obviously been struck. The besieged author was forced to withdrew the impugned passages from her book: "I am withdrawing controversial lines in Dwikhandita, written in 2002 with the memory of Bangladesh in the 1980s when military threw out secularism in the country. I wrote the book in support of the people who defended secular values. I had no intention to hurt anybody's sentiment. Now since some people in India claim that it hurt their sentiments, I am withdrawing some lines in the book. I hope that from now on, there would be no controversy and I'll be able to live peacefully in this country. I have already asked the publisher of the book, People's Book Society, not to circulate copies of the book which are in their possession. I have asked my publisher to bring out the next edition of the book deleting those controversial lines (about Prophet Mohammed)". But the controversy raged on. Muslims burn effigy of AICC President Sonia Gandhi and Nasreen, in front of a mosque, in Patna on Friday.