Government extends Taslima Nasreen’s visa by an year

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TaslimaThe home ministry extended by a year the visa of exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen’s on 21 August.

The decision to this effect was taken after home minister Rajnath Singh intervened in this regard; Taslima has been requesting the government to further extend her visa.

Reacting to the decision, Taslima said she was happy even though she was expecting her an extension of her visa.

“Anyway, this is welcome news. I am yet to be officially conveyed (the government’s decision) and you are the one who broke the news to me,” she said.

Taslima has been living in exile ever since she left Bangladesh in a cloak of secrecy in 1994 in the wake of threats to her life by fundamentalist groups.

Taslima’s, 52, visa has now been granted for a year with effect from July 23, according to a home ministry official.

A citizen of Sweden, she has been getting Indian visa on a continuous basis since 2004.

She has also stayed in the United States and Europe in the past two decades. However, on many occasions, she had expressed her wish to live in India permanently, especially in Kolkata.

The author had to leave Kolkata in 2007 following violent street protests by a section of Muslims against her works.

Taslima  said if she is not able to stay on in India she will suffer from an “identity crisis” which will affect her writings and championing the cause of women’s rights.

 

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