Bangladesh’s exiled feminist writer Taslima Nasreen wants to meet with Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, during the latter’s visit to India. She has been sending messages in this regard to various quarters.
On Twitter too, Taslima has written that the prime minister of Bangladesh is coming to India. She asked, “Am I allowed to meet her? Of course NOT.”
Taslima Nasreen hasn’t been allowed to enter Bangladesh for the past 24 years. She had to leave the country after antagonizing fundamentalists with her outspoken writings. She roamed around several countries and had come to settle down in Kolkata. But here too she was target of the fundamentalists’ ire.
She now lives in an unidentified location in New Delhi with a special permit from the Indian government. She has a Swedish passport. Bangladesh’s diplomatic missions abroad have refused to renew her passport.
Taslima Nasreen wants to meet Sheikh Hasina for permission to enter Bangladesh and also to resolve certain other personal problems. According to media reports, Taslima has a 2000 sq ft flat in Shantinagar, Dhaka. She is neither being able to rent it out not sell it. Not being able to go home, she is unable to hand over power of attorney to her sister. Or she would need a Bangladesh diplomat’s attestation, but none of the Bangladesh foreign missions have acquiesced to this request. That is why she wants to approach Hasina directly to resolve the matter.
She is concerned that she will lose this flat, worth over one crore taka (Taka 10 million). She is also unable to deal with legalities pertaining to the property left behind by her now deceased parents in Mymensingh, Bangladesh.
In her tweets, Taslima has written: “Everyone wants to show their support for Hasina. None wants me to meet her and ask her a simple question: Why the hell don’t u let me enter my country?”
Taslima also referred to her book ‘Amar Meyebela’ (My Girlhood) which was banned in 1997 on grounds of obscenity. She tweeted: “Hasina banned my book ‘Amar Meyebela’ for obscenity in 1997. I got many literature awards for the book. Will she lift the ban on the book?”
Taslima reportedly has decided to write to Hasina, asking what her fault is other than annoying a section of fundamentalists. She will ask to be allowed to return to Bangladesh and for the ban on her book to be lifted.