Monday, December 03, 2007

Taslima Nasreen

dec 3, 2007

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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).
 
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(The author is a writer of cultural essays and fiction.)
 

3 comments:

Uddharet said...

The "minority votebank" consists predominantly of illegal immigrants, especially in West Bengal. Even more specifically, it appears that the population of Nandigram is 90 per cent Bangladeshi Muslim -- and, even otherwise, they are encroachers on government land.

Vinod_Sharma said...

As I have written, India's multi-party democracy is headed towards proving that Pareto's Law applies to it also. That is the real weakness and tragedy of this system that our founding fathers copied blindly from a tiny, almost homogeneous island, England.

anand said...

Was the violent resistance in Nandigram; now known to be mostly Muslim in character, and the violence organised in Kolkata(of course entirely By Muslims, Of Muslims and For Muslims) a flexing of muscle by HuJI's WB operations?