Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Brahmin: A Cursed Race

Ah! My darling, it has taken aeons;
To formulate my moans, my tears of blood;
To astonish the world of my true knowledge, 
I had to bear assaults and atrocious troubles.    

My simplicity and truthfulness annoyed the ignorant, ill-bred,
And they crafted more barriers in my modes.
Apathy of my adored masses towards me,
Awarded my antagonists finger to rib me.

I wish I lived in burning barren region.
In seclusion, and like Sita grieve my fate.
That was also disallowed, I was thrown,
To the sharks to eat me at my day and night. 
My sin was to assert my love to my people and land; 
My feeble condition only deceived me, to have sinned.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Hidden Self

My rivals, strong and possessive, with beats,
Want me to prove my love to my lost identity.

Adored, invisible hidden still near
My internal eyes identify Him every second.

But my critics suffer from half loss of sight.
Hearing messed up, wits bogged down.

For them the potent rays of the Sun, 
The self-assurance of the Moon is unreal. 

The ugly vision of universe has dismayed them.
But my darling is veiled in drapes.

I have removed all veils covering the Self. 
To touch the deepest well of Self. 

His eternal charm has cheered my existence, 
Let the secrets of Self-stay hidden eternally.

Love never to Fades

The spell of love has dawned with smell anew,
Bright Sun softening the crispy frost,
Full-cool Moon tossing its smile on lovers, 
The bare body sees all on the beach to ecstasy.

The waiter pouring out wine in shinning cups,
Youthful magic dancing to dazzling tune,
Beauty in all the best robes, flaunting;
Lovelorn pairs flaunting prettiness all over. 

Alas! My Beloved’s apathy towards me,
My enemies mocking and piercing,
Are nastiest than Saturn’s spells and distress.
What are more penalties destined for me?

Let me be robbed of my best and splendour.
But my love to you will never fade.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

BhimaKoregaon War

 "... Your old ways and allegations
  Are eaten away and cashed away.
 Please let pass the new methods,
 if you can not work hard and compete,
or lend a hand because times are changing.
It is 21st century now."
The manifestation of times continuously changes,
Transforming feats, ideas and aspirations,
But fools celebrate the centuries-old genocide.                          
Revising the patterned game of dishonest interest, 
Disregarding the shifting forms and paints,
Apparently throwing deceitful shadows.

Times change ... it is unavoidable ...
let us forget the pains of the past sirens,
the ill-fated of brothers brutal ends.
Claimed as the grand victory,
Branded as the grand pantomime of celebrity,
The massacre of Bhima-Koregaon War. 

Some fought for money for savage imperialist forces,
Fire from the brutes girdled the natives around,
And patriots sacrificed their lives at the outflow,
of the real call to what our work is and needs to be.
Penance, escape or exist were never in mind;
Young or old, avid shadow remains erect, though the death was near.

Treacherous, celebrating the victory of Imperialists,
Genocide of unfortunate fellow countrymen,  
 Our position and aims can cleverly shift;
You can lend soul to the greed of the wrong and unworthy,
Without imposing the theory and dead ideology of the rotten old lies.
Care aloft on the heads the high banner of India flow. 

N.B. The Battle of Koregaon was fought on 1 January 1818 between the British East India Company and Indian Peshwa rulers of the Maratha coalition at Koregaon Bhima village-river.

A 28,000-strong force led by Peshwa Baji Rao II on their way to attack the company-held Pune were suddenly met by an 800-strong Company force that was on its way to strengthen the British troops in Pune. The Peshwa send out around 2,000 soldiers to attack the British force which sought entrenchment in Koregaon. Led by Captain Francis Staunton, the Company troops defended their position for nearly 12 hours, before the Peshwa's troops finally withdrew, fearing the imminent arrival of a larger British force.
There is a "victory pillar" in Koregaon Bhima commemorating the battle.

Some fringe caste and left elements use this war and the victory of imperialist British forces over Indians as the victory of Dalits over Brahmins and spread hate and lies about Dalits relationships with Hindus.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Ugly World of Islam in Bangladesh: Revisited in Taslima Nasrin's 'LAJJA' and Her Relevance in 21st Century

 Lajja (Shame) was written by Taslima Nasrin, she wrote this novel in the disturbed period, when on 6, December 1992, the disputed and dilapidated structure of Ram Janmabhoomi/ Babri Masjid was demolished by a mob of Hindu Kar Sewaks. While writing the novel Nasrin was swayed by two influences. First influence on her was of leftist historians and a group of Indian politicians, who call themselves 'secular'. They believe and propagate that the disputed structure was of Babri Masjid. This group of secular 'Communalist' was so powerful that they made the world to believe in this school of thought, so as Taslima Nasrin. She completely ignored the other school of thought that a Mughal warlord Babur destroyed a Ram Mandir at Ayodhya and got a mosque constructed with the wreckage of the temple. Later on, that mosque came to know as Babri Masjid.

 Majority of the Hindus, world over believe in this school of thought and after independence in 1947, a regular puja was being performed according to the Hindu rituals. So it was a subject of great debate that how Hindus had razed their own temple and why?

 The first group of thought was very powerful and they were experts in a disinformation campaign and rumour mongering. This school of thought and media propaganda that Hindu Kar Sewaks demolished the structure also swayed Taslima Nasrin. Here she ignored the other side of the dispute. They say that agents of Pakistan Intelligence Agency, ISI in flirting with the Kar Sewaks and got the structure demolished to instigate Muslims, the world over to massacre Hindus. The then Minister Mr Arjun Singh had received a report about such plans of the ISI and forwarded them to the Home Ministry- 1

This school of thought has substance because Muslims have the history with their side. World over for the last hundreds of years, they have been indulging in the destructions of temples, churches, etc., and Nasrin herself witnessed this character of Muslims in Bangladesh too. As regular Puja (obeisance) was being performed regularly since independence, ISI agents might have prudently thought to demolish this structure. In and around 1992, the subversive activities by Pakistan supported terrorists were, at its peak in India especially in Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab. Otherwise, also Hindus do not have this type of destructive and violent history. Never before, they had indulged in such type of acts. They are peace-loving and tolerant people.

 Then came the doom's day. On television, CNN had telecast in dazzling features, the demolition of Ram Mandir/ Babri Masjid, on 6 December 1992. Media Mughals as well as CNN forgot their duty as human beings. Without going into the factual history of Ram Janmabhoomi or Ayodhya, the factual version was telecast. The bloodbath and mayhem could have been avoided had they tried to educate about the importance of Ram and Ayodhya in the lives of Hindus and the real history of this disputed structure. They also failed to deliver the message that the constitution of India, the Justice system of India, the Indian model of democracy and secularism are the real culprits for this act of demolition, not the Kar Sewaks because after waiting for more than four decades, Hindus could not construct their Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Can any other religion in the world, tolerate such stupidity in the name of secularism, democracy or justice? The answer is clearly no.

 In the light of the provocative and violent character of Muslims, the world over, it was all the more important to be cautious, while telecasting, anything featuring Islam and related aspects. However, media mullahs completely ignored this responsibility as human beings that their actions can jeopardize the life and honour of corers of Hindus world over. They acted as the lifeless puppet of this commercial system. It was a one-sided, biased media reporting in which Hindus were shown as culprits. In the modern world of, information technology, where the world has become very small, the responsibility of media has increased manifold. This message of Taslima Nasrin and her Lajja is highly relevant for the Media people for the peace and safety of the people.

 All said and done about the background of the novel, Taslima Nasrin has shown tremendous courage to show the world, the black deeds of the riotous temple- breaking mobs, in her own country. They have destroyed countless temples, raped thousands of women, killed a large number of Hindus, and forced a big Hindu population to take refuge in India:

Why should he flee his home simply because his name was Suranjan Dutta? Was it necessary for his family- Sudhamoy, his father, Kironmoyee, his mother and Nilanjana, his sister- to run away like fugitives just because of their names? -2

After the publication of the novel in 1993, Lajja was banned and the book, as well as the writer, had to face all sort of suppression, and denial of liberty and dignity of human right. The then government of Bangladesh used all its powers to crush the brave and true voice of the novel simply because it highlights the communal character of the government of Bangladesh and its people. It was very sad on the part of the government of Bangladesh that a large number of people had to suffer badly, simply because they were of a different religion, and entire government machinery was a mute partner in this outrage of humanity by the tyranny of fellow human being:

‘Chittagong's temples at Tulsidhaam, Panchanan-dhaam and Kaibolyadhaam were broken to pieces. The entire temple in Malipara, Samshan mandir, Korbanigunj, Kalibari, Chatteswari, Bishnu mandir, Hajari lane and Fakirpara were set ablaze. Ironically there were processions at the same time pleading for communal harmony'. -3

 Islam has a long history of such atrocities. That has been committed against Hindus and one of which was atrocities against Hindus after the demolition of the Ram Mandir/ Babri structure. Nobody came to the rescue of Hindus against this savagery and barbarism. Only Taslima Nasreen raised her voice against the Muslim fanatics and mullahs. On this, Muslim clergies reacted bitterly and offered a reward for her head. In fact, progressing thoughts are dangerous for the Islamic world as well as for Bangladesh:

The mullahs who would murder me will kill everything progressive in Bangladesh if they are allowed to prevail.-4

 Taslima is not the lone case in the Islamic world. In the Islamic countries, there are many examples of this kind. Salman Rushdie's novel, the Satanic Verses aroused aggressive reaction among Muslims, although the majority of Islamists were illiterate. The design behind all these attacks was to crush Hindus because people at levels and stages were conscious of their rights as human beings and took an active interest in the functioning of the state. Thus Taslima engaged herself in her writing Lajja to highlight the Muslim communalism in Bangladesh:

‘..... Goutam had gone out in the afternoon to buy some eggs and the local Muslim boys beat him up. Two of his front teeth were broken. And I believe they broke off his legs'. -5

It is almost a common and regular feature in the Muslim countries to kill non-Muslims, even on minor provocation, as if it is their fundamental right to kill non-Muslims. Even in the Muslim dominated areas in democratic countries, this is a common phenomenon. But in Bangladesh, this was a pogrom, with the full support of the government. Hindus were being massacred and nobody came to save them:

Some days after this, Nemai said to him, 'Sudha-da, the army is out on the streets. They are catching Hindus and killing them'.-6

 The police force was also seen with the marauders. The police had not made the slightest attempt to stop them. Even during the rule of Pakistan, Hindus were targeted. Even the Muslim mob was testifying by opening the lungi off. One of the men said gruffly ‘, open your lungi,' Before Sudhamoy could do anything about it, ‘they yanked his lungi off themselves,' (p.10) Muslims tried to convert Sudhamoy to   Islam forcefully. For this, he was tortured badly. When he refused finally, his tormentors, decided to make a Muslim out of him:

One day, after Sudhamoy had again thwarted their efforts, they jerked up his lungi and mutilated his penis;-7

 In Lajja, another deeply humiliating situation cannot escape the people's notice. This is the horrible situation of Hindu women in Bangladesh. Violence, against women, is used as a weapon to subjugate women and humiliate their men and race. Rape on Hindu women was a very common scene in Bangladesh. Otherwise, also, rape on non-Muslim women has been a very popular game of Muslims. Even the Mughal warlord Babur, on whose name this disputed structure, was named and who was an icon of Indian secularists; used to encourage his soldiers to rape Hindu women. History repeated itself in Bangladesh, when Hindu Kar Sewak, tried to correct the crime committed by Babar four centuries ago:

When Gouranga Mondol's wife, Benu, had tried to stop them the policemen took her into the house and took turns raping her.... Sanatan Mondol's daughter, Rina, was also forcefully raped.-8

Hindu girls were highly insecure in Bangladesh. They used to receive anonymous letters that threatened to kidnap Maya. (p.15) Hindu women were afraid to even to use their religious symbols like bindi, sindoor, sankha etc., because of identification as Hindu woman. They were of the view, 'it's better to safe than sorry' (p.36)

Almost all the political parties in Bangladesh support an agenda of Islamicization, points to the deep roots of fascism. The notorious communal ideology uses the institution of parliamentary democracy to grow, often being dangerously successful in its efforts. But the kind of Islamic fascism not only poisoned the political realm but also the social one.
 Long before, the demolition of Ram Janambhoomi/ Babri Masjid, a hate campaign was going on against the Hindus in Bangladesh. Hindus were plotted to eat beef:

.... Farrukh had taken him aside during the lunch break and said, 'I have brought something delicious to eat, I won't tell anyone about it; you and I will eat quietly upon the roof, okay?' It was not as though Suranjan was famished, but he had approved of Faroukh's proposal. ............ To his surprise, once they had finished eating Faroukh had cheered aloud. Before Suranjan could react, he was bounding down the stairs, and before long he and the rest of the class were yelling with joy over the fact that Faroukh had made Suranjan eat beef.-9

 Islamic Fascism would not be a big threat if it were restricted to political outfits. It is more dangerous when a big population starts supporting this agenda. This was amply demonstrated by the participation of large mobs in the killing and raping of Hindus amidst the total approval of Muslim community in the country. Even when a Hindu asked for water, urine was given him to drink:

When they begged for water, the sadistic guards would laugh at him. One day, however, they did give him water. They took off his blindfold and forced him to watch them urinate into a jug. When the jug was put to Sudhamoy's lips, he had turned his head away in disgust, but one of them had forced his mouth open while the other poured the contents of the jug in. -10

 In Lajja, Taslima Nasrin has given ample evidence about the communal and sadistic approach of the government administration and the justice system towards Hindus. At every level, they were harassed and haunted. Their system blindly favours the Muslims and Islamic communalism.

 It was almost impossible for the Hindus to get jobs or admissions in educational institutions. If they were appointed, they were harassed at all levels and then there due promotions were denied. Even the justice system was biased and communal:

He had lived in the Akur Takur area in Tangail and a Muslim neighbour called Jamir Munshi had claimed a yard of his land. The matter had been taken to court. Five years later, the suit has been decided in favour of the neighbour. Sudhamoy's uncle, Tarapada Ghoshal, was compelled to leave Bangladesh and migrate to India. -11

 Similarly, Hindus has to face a lot of harassment and torture in the administration:-

In Dhaka, Sudhamoy had applied for a senior government job, one that would be a promotion on the official position he had in Mymensingh. But whenever he went to the Ministry to check on the fate of his application, they would keep him waiting in a small room, among the clerical staff. Sometimes, he was allowed to sit and wait in the Assistant Private Secretary's room................... Later he had discovered that officers junior to him had got their promotion................, ' It is not right to expect too many benefits in a Muslim Country-12

In the field of education, Hindus suffer serious problems because of the communal attitude of the authorities. They were forced to attend the Islamic classes. If Hindu students lodged any complaint, no attention was paid to it:

Indeed she was so taken with religious instructions, even when she played alone; she could be heard chanting ' Alhamdo Lillahe Rabbil Aalemino....13

 Taslima Nasrin, in Lajja, has shown the ugly face of communist people. She has very intelligently exposed their Janus face. Sudhamoy was the leading character in Lajja and ironically he was a communist and naturally, an atheist, which is a very common fashion with Hindu Communist to boost their intellectualism and liberal attitude. He even encouraged his family members to eat beef:

Kironmoyee had cooked the beef after a good deal of cajoling on Sudhamoy's part who had explained to his wife, at great length    the futility and illogicality of observing such customs -14

 But all his Muslim communist friends were hardliners and practising Muslims who even supported communalization of Bangladesh:

Often, if he went to a Muslim friend's house he would be met with the statement like; 'Sudhamoy, please sit in the other room while I finish with my namaaz; ...... As his leftist friends grew older, they had begun to turn to religion........... 15

 Fanatism in tactics, combined with the oneness of purpose is the basic theme in both Islam and the Communist operations. Islam's main traits in Bangladesh are hostilities towards Hindus, anti-intellectualism, intellectual bankruptcy and moral blindness. Ditto for the Communists. Islamists and their cabal preach that Hinduism is a threat to Muslims and Bangladesh, as well as to the whole Islamic world. Neither Islamists nor Communist accept man as man, but submit him to the certain prescribed tests, determined in one instance by Maulvies and   Mullahs and in the other by politburo and hence ' Suranjan was sure that the word Hindu was as derogatory as swine or dog; p.25), because Suranjan was the son of a Comrade who sees ' that in this country justice was done to the Hindus' (p.62).  But once again Taslima Nasrin describes the communal attitude of a Muslim Communist:

‘The children next door, who used to play with Alok every day, have refused to play with him today. It seems the Hujur asked them not to mix with Hindu children'.
 ‘Who is this Hujur?'
‘Hujur is the Maulvi who comes to their house to teach the children Arabic'.
‘But the man next door is Anis Ahmed, isn't?  He is with the Communist Party.................... Are you saying that he's teaching his children Arabic?' -16

Communist in Lajja has been described as artificially secular, as Suranjan fells 'He could not remember having ever prayed in his life. Nor had he ever visited a temple' (p.59)  but 'Suranjan clenched his fists in disgust at the Hindu fanatics (p.88) but he was so afraid of Muslims that Sudhamoy asked his wife not to use sindur, loha and sankha on her wrist and he too had given up his beloved dhuti; (p.97) but he could not dare to ask his Muslim comrades to shun fanatism. He only murmurs and always accuses others but does nothing because this is the typical nature of the communists.

 Taslima Nasrin was highly critical of the opportunist and coward behaviour of Communist of Bangladesh. The main character of the novel Suranjan, who belongs to a Communist family; no longer had any faith in the Socialist party or in any communist leader, He'd even heard among leftist leaders swearing:

When Hindus were referred to 'Bloody swine, they'd say. Even Hindus in the communist party were bowing to the current mood. Krishna Binod Roy was now Kabir Bhai and Barin Dutta, has had his name changed to Abdus Salaam; -17

Muslim communists bowed completely to the wishes of Islamic fanatics, their surrender was full and final:-

When Comrade Farahd passed away, a Quran Khani and Milad Mehfil were organized by the CPB office ----- why did communists have to take shelter under the Islamic flag?  Because they wanted to escape the misplaced accusation of the public, that they were non-believers, wasn't that so? ..... He blamed the so-called leftist leaders, who were themselves completely bewildered and lost- 18

 It was an irony that Muslims of Bangladesh now support that Islamic communalist who opposed the independence of Bangladesh. These fanatics did nothing for the country, who was now the masters of their destiny:

..... The fundamentalist who had once opposed the freedom movement in 1971......... Now rules the roost -19

These people want to destroy everything, which is related to either India or Hindus. However, surprisingly these fanatics got tremendous support in the country. The administration was made inactive so that the communalist can get a free hand to fulfill their nefarious designs. Communalists are always on the lookout for an 'enemy' for their own business. Such fanatics are determined to clean Bangladesh off the Hindus. These fascists' forces crush the minority's right to practice their religion and their freedom of expression.

 Nasrin blames the selfish and coward nature of Hindus and the weakness of the Government of India for the plight of Hindus in Bangladesh. She also blames, though mildly the policies and outlook of Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, towards Muslims. Nasrin says that ' The Muslim know very well that the Hindus of this country will achieve nothing by, showing their anger (p.55). She further questions:

Has any Hindu been able to touch a single mosque? the temple at Naya Bazar has been laying in ruins for the last two years. Children jump and play on top of it, they piss on it. Does one Hindu have the courage to fist a couple of blows on the shining walls of a mosque? -20

 She herself has rebuked those intellectuals who 'believed that communal riots in Bangladesh were far fewer than those in India; Admitting the weakness and coward nature of Hindus her analysis that in Bangladesh the whole thing was one-sided. In India, the Muslim retaliated, but in Bangladesh, the Hindus did not (p. 179) Muslims were sure that there was no danger of Hindu backlash; hence they were free to plunder, murder and rape them.

 The then Prime Minister of India Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru signed a number of treaties with Pakistan. ‘The Indian and Pakistan governments came up with the'  ‘Nehru - Liaquat Pact', (p.190) under this act in both the countries, the minorities will be allowed to enjoy equal rights and there will not be any discrimination on the basis of religion., But in practice while in India, Muslim became very powerful due to the vote Bank policies of Nehru, but in Pakistan the condition of Hindus were worsened. In addition, Pt. Nehru could not dare to ask the then government of Pakistan to honour this Pact; fearing, losing his secular level and subsequently Muslim votes.

 Nehru was an internationalist. Such issues like ‘pogrom of Hindus in Pakistan’ were a non-issue to him. Because of the callous attitude of Pt. Nehru towards Hindus, they were very heavily loser in every field. Hence, the role of subsequent government in India has come under mild criticism from Taslima Nasrin. Right from Nehru until 1992, none of the Indian governments dared to open their mouth to the mayhem of Hindus in Bangladesh. On the other hand, due to democracy and overdose of secularism, Muslims are so powerful in India that ' the Muslim minorities have the right to retaliate ' (p.187) that too in a much crueller manner but in Bangladesh, ' Hindus don't have the right to touch Muslims; (p.187).

 This is the hollowness of Indian democracy and secularism. That is why Indian model of democracy and secularism has become the laboratory of Muslim communalism and fanatism and sectarian and communal thoughts flaws from Indian to the outer world. Never in the history of free India, her leader has taken any firm step to check Islamic terrorism in the subcontinent, hence, Muslim in Bangladesh also understand this farce of secularism:
‘The Muslims in India are in a position to fight because India is a secular state.  Here, power is in the hands of the fundamentalists. There is no scope to fight in this country. The Hindus here are second-class citizens. Since when do second-class citizens have the power to fight' -21

The success of communal propaganda is not based on an appeal to the rational mind or establishment of facts through scientific data. A large number of Muslim in Bangladesh feel that ' Muslims and their establishment are being attacked in India', although that has no basis at all. It is a disinformation campaign let loose by secular outfits and commentators against Hindus. This opportunism of Indian leaders is responsible for the sad plight of Hindus in Bangladesh.  Nobody wants to challenge the communalism of Muslims. That is why they feel encouraged.

"In India, it is not the BJP but the Congress that is responsible for the riots." Do you know who made this statement? The Nizami himself at the Baitul Mokarram Congregation ............ -22

Taslima Nasrin indirectly blames the weakness of India, which is responsible for this communalism. She says,

"India isn't a Secular state since it doesn't have a Uniform Civil Code".-23

After the partition of the sub-continent subsequent Indian governments never tried to stop the Muslim fanaticism. Immediately after 1947, the then government of East Pakistan started acquiring the property of Hindus. But the government of India did nothing to stop this. Fanatics of Bangladesh were so sure about the coward and inactive nature of the government of India that, ' They intend to walk up to India and rebuild the Babri Masjid.'  In their mind, there was no fear and respect for India.

 Even the most liberal leader of Bangladesh Mrs Sheikh Hasina was free to speak about the safety of the Muslim in India, but the leaders and government of India have no courage to speak about the safety of Hindus in Bangladesh. Although it is an open fact that in India Muslim has got much more right and privileges in comparison to Hindus. For Indian leaders, Muslim votes are the main concern and not the country or Hindus. However, in Bangladesh, only Muslims were considered as the only human being in the country:

It was not necessary anymore to look for alleys in which to rape Hindus, they could now rape women openly just as they could loot and burn openly. This was possible because of the indirect support of the government ............... it was the interest of the fundamentalists that were being espoused. ...............  Why did Sheikh Hasina have to think of the safety of the Muslims in India? As citizens of this country didn't the Hindus of Bangladesh have the right to expect an atmosphere of communal harmony? - 24

 Taslima Nasrin has tried to give the solution of this communal frenzy. She feels that Indian leaders care for Muslims more than Hindus because they can retaliate and are united as Muslims, not a human being. So she feels that neither the democracy nor the secularism can bring peace or strength, but it is the unity of Hindus and courage to retaliate fiercely. She echoes these sentiments through Suranjan after he denounced his communism.

Suranjan asked, ' Debabrata, can't we burn a mosque?'
 ‘Mosque? Are you crazy?'
 ‘Come, let's go and set the Tara masjid on fire tonight!'
 .... ' There are twenty million Hindus in this country.  If we had wanted to, we could even have burnt up Baitul Mokarram !'
‘......... yes, I used to call myself a human being, and I believed in humanism. But these Muslims did not let me stay human. They made me a Hindu'. ..... ‘Even if we don't  gain anything. We can at least prove that we too can destroy. Shouldn't we make it known that we too are capable of being angry? ....... But Chaitanyadeb's house was five hundred-year-old monuments in this country too? I feel like tearing down the Sobhanbagh mosque. The mosque as Gulshan Part One was constructed by the Saudi Arabians. Why don't we build a temple?' - 25

He further says about the solution of this type of Islamic fanatism, that one should be powerful enough to destroy his enemy:

...... 'This is the only solution that I am looking for. I too want choppers, daggers and pistols in my hands. I want thick rods. Didn't they go and piss on the ruins of a mandir in old Dhaka? I also want to piss on their mosque-26

Then he tried to convert his though into real action. Suranjan brought a Muslim whore Shamina to his house to take revenge because her sister Maya was also raped by Muslims:

Suranjan, however, did not look upon Shamina as a whore. To him, she was a girl, who belonged to the majority community. He was longing to rape one of them, in revenge for what they had done to his sister.................. He threw the girl on the floor and stripped her of all her clothes. ..... as he dug his nails into the girl's flesh. He bit her breasts, relentlessly he pulled her hair, bit her on the cheek, neck and breasts. He scratched her buttocks and her thigh with his sharp nails. ...... As Suranjan attacked her naked body, the girl moaned with pain, --- Suranjan laughed with savage satisfaction.-27       

Suranjan, as well as Taslima Nasrin, consider it a victory - At least one of the victims could take revenge.

Shamina left Suranjan relaxed. He had promised himself he would not feel sorry for him today.  Today was victory Day - 28

Describing the courageous and bold attitude of Taslima Nasrin Priyanka Das Gupta commented in The Times of India,

Her characteristically frank and irreverent writing roused the ire of Islamic fundamentals and soon they launched an anti-Taslima campaign in 1990. They broke into newspaper offices that published her articles and even physically assaulted her. In 1993, a fundamental organization called Soldiers of Islamic issued a fatwa against her and set a price on her criticism of Islam. The Bangladeshi government confiscated her passport and asked her to quit writing if she hoped to keep her job as a Doctor at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.-29  

Taslima Nasrin and her Lajja were relevant in 1992 and both are highly relevant in the 21st century. The threat of Islamic fanatism has increased many times. Earlier it was only Hindus who were the target of the hatred, but now it is the entire world. Now, this is a global danger. This fire of hatred has engulfed India, America, England, Russia, and Pakistan very badly. Muslim world over feels it their fundamental right to kill non- Muslims. Nasrin is of the firm opinion that Lenin, Marx, Nehru or democracy and secularism cannot bring peace, safety and honour to the people. It is the power, unity and strength which can give them peace. All the organs of the system failed in the Islamic world. So if we do not take the message of Lajja and Taslima Nasrin seriously, world peace will be in danger. The mullahs are murdering and killing everything, which is not Muslim, in Bangladesh, would kill everything non-Muslim in the world, the other day if they are allowed to prevail.

For her brave and candid writing, she has to suffer very heavily. She narrates her own trauma and sufferings when her mother in 1998. She went to Bangladesh without the permission of the government. She says,

"When my mother died, nobody came from any mosque to lead her funeral. Her ‘crime' was that she was the mother of an ‘infidel'.-30

"Thus the book portrays the whole Muslim Community as savage and barbarian. Not a single hand comes forward to help the helpless Hindus in Taslima's Lajja."-31


  1. Rajendra Dev, the Pioneer, Tuesday, August 7, 2007, P-6.
  2. Taslima Nasrin, Lajja (New Delhi, PENGUIN BOOKS, 1994), p.1. All subsequent references are to this edition and further refer to Lajja, and page number.
  3. Lajja; p. 29.
  4. Lajja; preface, p. IX.
  5. Lajja; p. 54.
  6. Lajja; p. 9.
  7. Lajja; pp 65-66.
  8. Lajja; p- 44.
  9. Lajja; pp 63-64.
  10. Lajja; p. 65.
  11. Lajja; p. 19.
  12. Lajja; pp. 20-21.
  13. Lajja; p. 72.
  14. Lajja ; p. 64.
  15. Lajja ; p. 19-20
  16. Lajja ; p. 71
  17. Lajja ; p. 184-185
  18. Lajja ; p. 184
  19. Lajja ; p. 12
  20. Lajja ; p. 56
  21. Lajja ; p. 81
  22. Lajja ; p. 111
  23. The Times of India, (Times Life), New Delhi, Dated Feb.5, 2006, P.2
  24. Lajja ; p. 177
  25. Lajja ; p. 163
  26. Lajja ; p. 164
  27. Lajja ; p. 200-201
  28. Lajja; p. 202
  29. The Times, Idem.  P. 1
  30. The Times  P. 2
  31. Ravindra Kumar, "LAJJA: AN EVALUATION," An International Journal of Research in English Studies, ed. Dr. Pratibha Tyagi (Meerut, 2006) p.113.

Where the River goes?

I listen to One, I glimpse One,
I attain One, I know One.
I heed the recollection of the Real,
I perceive the light of knowledge,
I heard the reply of kindness,
I saw the signet of companionship.
I accomplish the alliance of Beginning-less
And the endless;
I observe Him in my shinning spirit
And I pine to dissolve in Him.
Now I do not declare that it is I;
Nor can I declare that it is He.
Worldly folk perceive in me the worship of Him;
The glow of Him, dazzling in me;
Split not me with my devotee.
The river has now lost and dissolved in Ocean;
Her real and ultimate abode.