While she studied and practised medicine, she saw girls who had been raped; she also heard women cry out in despair in the delivery room if their baby was a girl. Hundreds of thousands fanatics took to the streets demanding her execution by hanging. In October , a radical fundamentalist group called the Council of Islamic Soldiers offered a bounty for her death. A few hundred thousand demonstrators called her "an apostate appointed by imperial forces to vilify Islam"; a member of a "militant faction threatened to set loose thousands of poisonous snakes in the capital unless she was executed.
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Driven away from their motherlands, and living as refugees in another country which they cannot call their own, the immigrants are probably the most affected people in any war. An independence that was earned at the cost of three million Bengali lives, proved that religion could not be the basis of a national identity. Language, culture, and history on the other hand were able to create the foundation on which to build a sense of nationality.
The sensitivity of the facts and figures provided in the book led to its being banned in Bangladesh; a fatwa was issued against Taslima and a reward was offered for her death. She was forced to leave Bangladesh in and seek refuge in India.
To Suranjan, Bangladesh is his motherland; he was born here, got educated here, and made friends here. In spite of millions of Hindus from Bangladesh going away to India in search of peace and safety, the Duttas are unwavering in their decision to stay back regardless of all the odds. They stayed here through the partition in , through the Independence struggle in , and even when Bangladesh became an Islamic state in This incident takes a communal turn due to the vested interests of the communalists and religious extremists, and leads to mass genocide and religious persecution of the Hindus, and in turn, causing a mass exodus of Hindus into India.
But again, the men of the Dutta household decide to stay back despite the persistent requests of the women. Will they stay safe this time? Or will they become prey to the communal elements?
Will their motherland treat them as her children? Or will she drink their blood? This inter-mingling of numerous statistical data with a fictional plot is done with such subtleness and so seamlessly that it becomes a part of the story. The data is not just parroted in the book; it comes as a dialogue from anxious Bengalis living in fear of their lives, and this is what adds life to these numbers; it makes you realise the enormity and graveness of the situation, and sympathise with the victims.
Everybody who believes in humanity and is against religious extremism and fanaticism, should definitely read Lajja. Let us know in the comments below.
Lajja: Shame | Taslima Nasrin | Book Review
Start your review of Lajja: Shame Write a review Shelves: questioning-norms , asia , woman-authors , myth-religion , banned-challenged A state with a national religion can easily become a religious state. This book has been given by Bangladesh government the highest honor that any government can ever give to any book a ban. The book follows the story of one Sudhamay and his children Suranjan and Maya. The father and son have both been involved in nationalistic movements of Bangladesh and believe in their country.
Nikorisar Kironmoyee as a mother is expected to be gentle, polite and understanding. As for Suronjon, his character showed immense development from the start till the end, which was disgusting at times, and thoroughly admirable otherwise. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The world condemns the incident, but its immediate fallout is felt most acutely in Bangladesh, where Muslim mobs begin to seek out and attack the Hindus. Learn more about Amazon Prime. If I stop my writing, women will lose conscience lajia the fundamentalists like to oppress faslima to show their power.