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If Prophet Muhammad were alive today…


Taslima Nasreen has lived in exile for nearly three decades (File)

New Delhi:

Exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen has weighed in on the massive backlash and protests sparked by controversial remarks about the Prophet Muhammad by former BJP spokespersons, saying he would have been ‘shocked to see the madness of Muslim fanatics in the world”.

Two days ago she wrote:

Taslima Nasreen has lived in exile for almost three decades after her book “Lajja” drew heavy criticism in Bangladesh.

The 59-year-old had to leave Bangladesh in 1994 following death threats from fundamentalist groups who accused her of holding anti-Islamic views.

Although she has Swedish nationality and has lived in the United States and Europe for the past two decades, she has mainly stayed in India on short-term residence permits and has long expressed her wish to live in the country permanently.

Two people have been killed and dozens arrested after protests across the country and clashes in some towns, including Howrah near Kolkata, over remarks made by suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma and fellow expelled Naveen Kumar Jindal.

The comments made more than two weeks ago sparked anger in India and abroad, with several West Asian countries demanding a public apology, summoning Indian envoys and seeing calls for a boycott of Indian products.

India called them “views of fringe elements”, but that did not appease the anger of Muslim groups in India, who demanded the arrest of the politicians.

On Thursday, Delhi police said they filed a complaint against Ms Sharma and others for “inciting division” on social media.

Taking internal action against the two leaders, the BJP asked the representatives to be “extremely careful” when discussing religion on public platforms and said it does not promote slurs against any sect or religion.