Kolkata:  After the fresh protests of the radical groups in the state, controversial author Taslima Nasreen’s seventh volume of her autobiographical series Nirbasan has been banned in West Bengal. Amidst the uproar of the Muslim groups in the state, Taslima has been treated like Salman Rushdie. Mamata Banarjee who was earlier seen criticizing the Congress on the Rushdie’s visit has now taken the same course as Congress to silence the radicals groups.

According to Tipu Sultan Masjid’s Shahi Imam Maulana Barkati, “After the intervention of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the sale of Taslima’s books in the Kolkata Literary Fest has been banned.”
The Publishers and Booksellers Guild confirmed the ban on Taslima’s book. The guild’s chief Sudhanshu Shekar said, “After the recent controversies on the Taslima’s work, the book has been banned for sale.”

While extending gratitude to Mamata Banerjee for safeguarding sentiments of the Muslim community, Maulana Barkati has urged for nationwide ban on the sale of the book.

He said, “After receiving information on high sales of the Taslima’s book in the fair, I requested the Chief Minister to ban such books from the fest which attack Islam. She assured that such books will be banned from the fest.”

JPN/Bureau