After writing on the dystopia that Prakash Karat and his comrades would like to engineer in India, the attack on Taslima Nasreen during a book release in Hyderabad, India, is a timely warning on what is at risk. IANS reports from Hyderabad:
Well, if you are a regular reader of my blog, you know my views on the "root of evil" well enough. If you are not, they are not much different from Taslima's on religion, evocatively captured in her poem "Mosque, Temple":
Protesting her alleged anti-Islam [sic] writings, legislators Ahmed Pasha Khadri, Afsar Khan and Moazzam Khan moved menacingly towards the author. Moazzam Khan even lifted a chair to attack her. 'How dare you write against the Prophet,' said Afsar Khan.
... The MIM workers, shouting 'Taslima down down' and 'Taslima go back', ransacked the meeting hall and damaged furniture. 'We will kill her,' shouted one of the protestors. 'How could she step into Hyderabad,' asked another.
... She later flew back to Kolkata, where she is living in exile following a 'fatwa' issued against her by Islamic groups in Bangladesh for her book 'Lajja'.
Let the pavilions of religion be ground to bits,
let the bricks of temples, mosques, guruduaras, churches be burned in blind fire,
and upon those heaps of destruction
let lovely flower gardens grow, spreading their fragrance.
let children's schools and study halls grow.
For the welfare of humanity, now let prayer halls
be turned into hospitals, orphanages, universities,
Now let prayer halls become academies of art, fine art centers, scientific research institutes.
Now let prayer halls be turned to golden rice fields in the radiant dawn,
Open fields, rivers, restless seas.
From now on, let religion's other name be humanity.
For daring to write this and more, Dr. Nasreen has a fatwa on her head.
The attack on Taslima Nasreen is just a charcoal sketch by the forces of darkness that are mushrooming in India. When completed, the landscape will be nothing like what the apostle of non-violence thought he had fathered.
The Indian Express reports:
MIM president Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi defended his party MLAs. “When the Bangladesh government has shunted Taslima out of the country, why is the Indian government protecting her?” he asked.
If Mr. Owaisi and his party members don't understand the difference between India and Bangladesh, then they don't deserve to be citizens of India, let alone be its lawmakers!