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Publication of Lajja and its ban in Bangladesh

1993
Publication of Lajja and its ban in Bangladesh
  • After the publication of her most controversial novel - Lajja, Nasreen's life took a dramatic turn.
  • In Lajja, Nasreen wrote about a Hindu family which was persecuted by Muslims. This angered Muslim groups and she faced many physical and verbal attacks.
  • Eventually, the attacks turned into death threats and after spending two months in hiding, Taslima had to flee to Sweden.

Kolkata chaos

2007
Kolkata chaos
  • After spending 10 years abroad in exile and then temporarily shifting her base to Kolkata, Taslima started writing in Indian newspapers and magazines.
  • This invited more opposition from Muslims in Kolkata as well.
  • After a violent protest against her caused chaos and turned into riots in November 2007, Nasreen was forced to leave the city to live in New Delhi under house-arrest.

House arrest and the demand for Indian citizenship

2008
House arrest and the demand for Indian citizenship
  • After the Kolkata chaos, Nasreen was kept under house arrest for more than seven months by the Indian government.
  • Many big names came to her support from the literary and film industry like Arundhati Roy, Girish Karnad, Anurag Kashyap, Mahasweta Devi etc. demanding for a Resident's Permit or Indian citizenship for Nasreen.
  • She was eventually granted a Resident Permit after a few years.

One year visa again for Taslima Nasreen

1 Sep 2014
 One year visa again for Taslima Nasreen
  • The Centre had granted a one-year visa extension to Taslima Nasreen till August 2015.
  • Taslima had pleaded to Home minister Rajnath Singh to extend her visa and her plea definitely didn't go waste.
  • Although, Nasreen is a citizen of Sweden, she has been granted Indian visa continuously since 2004.

Bangladeshi terror group threatens Taslima Nasreen

21 Apr 2015
Bangladeshi terror group threatens Taslima Nasreen
  • Taslima Nasreen had spoken about the death threats she had been facing from an al-Qaeda linked Bangladeshi terror group, Ansarullah Bangla.
  • Her facebook page had been full of death threats
  • One of her counterparts in Bangladesh, Washiqur Rehman, was killed by the group after he wished her on her birthday.

Nasreen moves to US after facing death threats

4 Jun 2015
Nasreen moves to US after facing death threats
  • Bangladeshi feminist writer, Taslima Nasreen has temporarily moved to US after facing death threats from al-Qaeda linked Islamic radicals.
  • She was threatened by Ansarullah Bangla group, the same group of extremists who were responsible for the murders of three secular writers like her, in Bangladesh.
  • Her logistics in US are being taken care of by New York based advocacy group, Centre for Enquiry.

Recognition and awards besides controversies

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Taslima Nasreen has been awarded more than 20 literary awards and numerous other prestigious honours and fellowships from around the world for her liberal and secular writings, despite the controversies which have clouded all her life.

One year visa extension for Taslima Nasreen

22 Aug 2015
One year visa extension for Taslima Nasreen
  • The Indian government has extended Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen's visa for a year, with effect from July 23.
  • This decision was taken after intervention by Home Minister, Rajnath Singh based on Taslima's request.
  • Taslima was happy and said that a negative decision would have caused an "identity-crisis" and affected her work. She had earlier, on many occasions expressed a wish to live here permanently.