I studied in a medical college and qualified myself as a medical graduate.
It is unfair to label me anti-Islam. I am an atheist and a secular humanist. Taslima Na
There is no such thing as a 'superior' or 'inferior' culture, there are only various cultural patterns which make up this beautiful, multicolored mosaic.
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 believe that if the silent majority were to protest against those who believe in irrational blind faith - who want to go backwards instead of forward, who are for tradition not innovation, who oppose individualism and plurality of thought - then the world would become a truly civilized world in wh
I believe in absolute freedom of expression. Everyone has a right to offend and be offended.
Every religion oppresses women. I talk about the Koran because I know this book best. It allows for torture and other mistreatment, especially for women. And I despise the Sharia laws. They cannot be changed. They must be thrown out, abolished.
I write against the religion because if women want to live like human beings, they will have to live outside the religion and Islamic law.
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 was born in a middle class Muslim family, in a small town called Myonenningh in a northern part of Bangladesh in 1962. My father is a qualified physician; my mother is a housewife. I have two elder brothers and one younger sister. All of them received a liberal education in schools and colleges.
Religion is now the first obstacle to women's advancement. Religion pulls human beings backwards, it goes against science and progressiveness. Religion engulfs people with a fear of the supernatural. It bars people from laughing and never allows people to exercise their choice.
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.
Those religions that are oppressive to women are also against democracy, human rights, and freedom of expression.
Religious fundamentalists in Bangladesh have always argued for a ban on my books.
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.
I have been writing poetry since 1975. My first poetry book was published in 1986.
It is unfair to label me anti-Islam. I am an atheist and a secular humanist.
Religion is against women's rights and women's freedom. In all societies women are oppressed by all religions.
When Bangladesh refused to renew my passport, I used U.N. travel documents. You can't disown your country.
Koranic teaching still insists that the sun moves around the earth. How can we advance when they teach things like that?
I am not scared of anyone. I will write and publish my books. Taslima Na
Religious fundamentalists in Bangladesh have always argued for a ban on my books. Taslima Nasri
All I ever want is to return to either Bangladesh, my motherland, or India, my adopted home. Taslima Nasri
I strongly believe that no one can be a true feminist without being an atheist. All religions are anti-women. No one can be pro-woman while supporting anti-woman dogmas.
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.
... governmental defense of any theology necessarily weakens the legitimacy of both the government and the theology ...
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.
Religion, society and state - from none of these do women get their proper honor. It is religion, which has created an unparalleled disparity between men and women.
Women are oppressed in the east, in the west, in the south, in the north. Women are oppressed inside, outside home, a woman is oppressed in religion, she is oppressed outside religion.
I have had fatwas issued against me, some three in Bangladesh and another five in India. I will not be cowed by these threats and shall fight for my rights.