In traditional societies, we have a long legacy of men controlling the body and mind of women. Such societies have valorised motherhood and fabricated concepts like chastity. Women have been the victims of these notions for thousands of years.
I have lectured at the U.N. and travelled widely, giving lectures on human rights and gender inequalities in universities. But this is a life I do not wish to live. I don't want to be a showcase, I want to be in a battlefield where I can stand beside the oppressed and the poor.
I studied in a medical college and qualified myself as a medical graduate.
I was well acquainted with the Calcutta literary circle since I was 17, when I lived in Bangladesh and published and edited a little magazine called 'Sejuti,' for which young poets from both Bengals wrote. If you look at my life, there is no question of using anyone for anything. I have only got ban
When I write, I don't allow the fear of consequences to interfere with the writing process. I have in the past paid for my commitment to the truth and the way I live my life. I am prepared to pay more if I have to.
Religious fundamentalists in Bangladesh have always argued for a ban on my books. Taslima Nasri
It is unfair to label me anti-Islam. I am an atheist and a secular humanist. Taslima Nasri
It is unfair to label me anti-Islam. I am an atheist and a secular humanist.
All I ever want is to return to either Bangladesh, my motherland, or India, my adopted home. Taslima Nasri
The fundamentalists are increasing. People, afraid to oppose those fundamentalists, shut their mouths. It is really very difficult to make people move against a sensitive issue like religion, which is the source of fundamentalism.
I am not scared of anyone. I will write and publish my books.
I don't find any difference between Islam and Islamic fundamentalists. I believe religion is the root, and from the root fundamentalism grows as a poisonous stem. If we remove fundamentalism and keep religion, then one day or another fundamentalism will grow again. I need to say that because some li
If any religion allows the persecution of the people of different faiths, if any religion keeps women in slavery, if any religion keeps people in ignorance, then I can't accept that religion.
I support the rights of all people to practice their religious beliefs privately, but I oppose the idea of respecting religions. In truth, I have no respect for any religion. I believe religion is not compatible with human rights, women's rights, or freedom of expression.
Koranic teaching still insists that the sun moves around the earth. How can we advance when they teach things like that?
Sheikh Hasina's government is one of the best Bangladesh has ever had. She is taking action against fundamentalists. But even she refused to let me return. I don't think I can ever return home.
I am an atheist. I do not believe in prayers, I believe in work. And my work is that of an author. My pen is my weapon.
I dont agree with those who think that the conflict is simply between two religions, namely Christianity and Islam... To me, the key conflict is between irrational blind faith and rational, logical minds.
I am not scared of anyone. I will write and publish my books. Taslima Na
Nature says women are human beings, men have made religions to deny it. Nature says women are human beings, men cry out no!
It is said that peace is the basic tenet of all religion. Yet it is in the name of religion that there has been so much disturbance, bloodshed and persecution. It is indeed a pity that even at the close of the twentieth century we've had to witness such atrocities because of religion. Flying the fla
All I ever want is to return to either Bangladesh, my motherland, or India, my adopted home.
I have been writing poetry since 1975. My first poetry book was published in 1986.
When Bangladesh refused to renew my passport, I used U.N. travel documents. You can't disown your country.
It is unfair to label me anti-Islam. I am an atheist and a secular humanist. Taslima Na
The focus of my research is how secular movements originated in West Asian countries and subsequently changed to pan-Islamic movements. The role of Western countries in this aspect is also a part of the research.
Religion is against women's rights and women's freedom. In all societies women are oppressed by all religions.
Religious fundamentalists in Bangladesh have always argued for a ban on my books.
I want to live in Kolkata; I don't want to live in Europe - I can't write there. I write in Bengali, and I need to be surrounded by the Bengali language and culture.
Among all the 'awards' that I have hitherto collected, I consider the title of 'patita' or 'fallen woman' to be the highest. This is an achievement of my long-struggling life as a writer and as a woman.