Dhaka: Emphasising the need to end pseudo secularism vaunted as the panacea of liberal India by the so called seculars (sickulars), noted Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen has questioned the double standards of writers protesting against ‘growing intolerance’ in India.
In an interview to the Times of India, Nasreen said that when her book was banned in West Bengal and when five fatwas were issued against her, most of the writers chose to remain silent. Indeed, some also went further to appeal to then CM of West Bengal Buddhadeb Bhattacharya to impose ban on her book.
“They have decided to raise voice against injustices by returning their awards. There is nothing wrong with it. Sometimes somebody gets an idea, others like it. But, many writers are guilty of double standards when it comes to dissent,” TOI quoted her as saying.
When asked about her views on secularism in India, Nasreen said most secular people are anti-Hindu.
“Most secular people are pro-Muslims and anti-Hindu. They protest against the acts of Hindu fundamentalists and defend the heinous acts of Muslim fundamentalists. Politicians appease Muslims for votes. This annoys many Hindus. In Canning, a Hindu village in West Bengal, was burnt down by Muslim fanatics in 2013. If Muslims were brutally persecuted in India, they would have left India for neighbouring Muslim countries like Hindu minorities have been leaving Bangladesh and Pakistan since Partition.,” she further added.