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Taslima should be sent back: Idris Ali

Kolkata, December 29
A day after an influential Muslim cleric stiffly opposed Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen’s return here, the leader of a minority forum demanded that she should be returned to her own country ‘with honour’.

President of All-India Minority Forum Idris Ali, whose agitation on November 21 demanding cancellation of Taslima’s visa had turned violent leading to the army being called in, said, “Taslima Nasreen should be returned to her country Bangladesh with due honour.” Ali said those interested in keeping Taslima in India, should also not remain quiet on artist M.F. Hussain, who was forced to live in self-exile abroad.

“Hussain is not being allowed to enter India by sympathisers of Taslima. There should be no dual policy on such an issue,” he said.

He said the Forum, which is a platform of different minorities, including Christians and Sikhs, had earlier protested against Hussain’s painting of Goddess Saraswati in the nude.

Ali, a Calcutta High Court lawyer, who was arrested after the violence, is now on bail.

Imam of Tipu Sultan Mosque Noor-ur Rahman Barkati had yesterday criticised CPM patriarch Jyoti Basu’s comment that Taslima, now living at an undisclosed destination in Delhi, could return here if she chose to, but the Centre would have to ensure her security.

He had also demanded that Taslima should apologise for the derogatory comments against Islam as mere withdrawal of controversial portions from her book ‘Dwikhandito’ would not suffice, ruling out her return to the metropolis. — PTI

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