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Taslima and the Bengali literati
It's not difficult to see that West Bengal's present Left Front government considers Taslima Nasreen's hasty exit from Kolkata "a good riddance". The government's role in the affair, both overt and covert, though not unexpected, is worth analysing. To sum it up in one word, the reason why she had to go was ~ vote. It is a truth, acknowledged across the country, that to stay in power here one cannot ignore the minority votebank (27 per cent of the total electorate).
(The author is a writer of cultural essays and fiction.)