The controversial release of “Nirbasan” despite protests and threats

‘Nirbasan’ is another of controversial book launch of the renowned Bangladeshi writer, Taslima Nasreen. Her latest book release was scheduled at the Kolkatta International Book Fair on the 1st of Febrary, 2012, which was cancelled after protests and threats in opposition to the release.

Organizers of Kolkatta Book Fair were forced to cancel the release of the book due to organizations like Milli Ittehad complaining to police authorities of trouble over the release. The police informed the booksellers, event organizers, publishers, and other concerned authorities over the issue and requested the release to be cancelled. The organizers also informed the police about getting individual calls to cancel the book release. Upon discussing the situation, the organizers informed Taslima’s publisher that they cannot conduct the official launch of the book release at their venue.

Nonetheless, the publishers of Taslima released the book later at a stall of their own at the fair venue by writer Nabarun Bhattacharya, son of the acknowledged author Mahasweta Devi.

Taslima tweeted about her book release and informed her readers in the following manner, “The PBS publisher with friends have released my book under the open sky at Kolkata Book Fair. Book release in the AC hall was banned.”

Nirbasan (Exile) is a series of Taslima’s autobiography which focuses on the part of her life where she was expelled from Kolkatta in 2007. Taslima was taken to an undisclosed location by the west Bengal government from where she was further taken to Sweden (2008) stating law and order problems and refusing her to bring back to Kolkatta.

The release has caused controversial situation not only in Bangladesh but also in India.

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