Thursday, February 17, 2005

Supporting Taslima Nasreen

Controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen is now seeking Indian residency. She has been persecuted in her native country solely for her outspoken -- and very edgy -- views and now lives in virtual exile in Sweden.

We advocate India granting her residency. She could live in Kolkata and serve as the enfant terrible of India's cultural scene, where we desperately need some excitement -- Bollywood simply does not cut it for us!

More seriously, we are averse to anyone being threatened for the views they hold -- no matter how provocative -- and India's openness to Ms. Nasreen would trigger a broader debate on this matter in South Asia, all of which ex-India is highly illiberal.


Laks said...

What makes you so sure that once in India, she will start b!tching about Muslim persecution in India! You know ... people change.


Bear said...

yep, we should.

Clarence Canaday said...

I am looking forward to your posts.