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Govt ensures protection to Taslima
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 28
The government today made it clear that it will give protection to the controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, but drew a line for her by reminding her that her conduct had to be apolitical.

External affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee made a statement in Parliament and said throughout history India had never refused shelter to those who had come and sought protection.

“This civilisational heritage, which is now government policy, will continue and India will provide shelter to Taslima. Those who have been granted shelter here have always undertaken to eschew political activities in India or any actions that may harm India’s relations with friendly countries. It is also expected that the guests will refrain from activities and expressions that may hurt the sentiments of our people. While these guests are in India, the Union and the state governments provide them protection. This policy will also apply in Taslima’s case,” he said.

Mukherjee’s rider assumes significance in view of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s open invitation to Taslima to stay in Gujarat. Only recently, the government had pushed the “refresh” button of political refugees’ duties in context of the Dalai Lama by issuing an advisory to all union ministers to keep away from a public felicitation function of the Tibetan spiritual leader.

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