1st Feb, 2012, Kolkata: Today, the release of Taslima Nasrin’s biography ‘Nirbasan’ was cancelled due to ‘logistical problems’ at the Kolkata Book Fair. Her book speaks about the days spent away from Kolkata, her ‘adopted city’, from where she was deported four years ago.
‘Nirbasan’s seventh part was supposed to be released at the AC hall of the Milan Mela grounds. In the morning she stated that she would not be present at the book release because she will not be allowed to enter the state.
The Bangladeshi author expressed all his anger via twitter, “Kolkata Book Fair committee canceled my book release program today at Kolkata Book Fair. Why?Some religious fanatics don’t want it to happen…Kolkata,a city of progressive!A book release even w/o my presence not possible!All poltcial parties,all orgs afraid of fanatics!But how long”
She blamed Kolkata police tweeting that Kolkata police asked the Kolkata Book Fair committee to cancel her book release program.
In the year 1993, Nasrin’s book ‘Lajja’ triggered outrage among Bangladeshi Muslims. In her book ‘Lajja’, she penned against Islamic philosophy.
Weeks ago, it was another controversial author Salman Rushdie, who was prevented from joining a literary festival in Jaipur.