Taslima Nasreen: Not Bangladesh, want to live in India

Aug 06 2014, 21:54 IST
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SummaryHopeful of getting a permanent resident visa in India, controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen has said that even if Bangladesh allows her to enter, she wants to spend the rest of her life in her second home - India.

Hopeful of getting a permanent resident visa in India, controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen has said that even if Bangladesh allows her to enter, she wants to spend the rest of her life in her second home - India.

"I want to live in India....where else can I go. I am a citizen of Europe and a permanent resident of USA but I chose India to live because of cultural connection. Even if Bangladesh allows me to enter now, I will still choose to live in India for the rest of my life," Taslima Nasreen said in an interview.

"In the last 20 years, I have made more friends here in India rather than in Bangladesh. If you live with this kind of ideology, relatives are not important. Important is how many people have belief in what you say, they become family.

"Bangladeshi publishers and intelligentsia also didn't try to keep contact with me so the relationship between my country and me was broken," she said.

Taslima Nasreen had applied for a resident permit and the Home Ministry granted her the same type of visa but only for two months beginning August 1. She met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and is hopeful of getting a long-term resident permit now.

The 51-year-old writer said, "I am not sure but the Home Minister has promised that he will make my resident permit long term. If he doesn't change his mind, I am hopeful that I will get a long-term visa."

Taslima Nasreen said it will be sometime in September or October when she may get the long-term permit but at present she already has a two-month visa. They said that they need at least one month's time, she added.

Living in exile for 20 years now, she also claimed that then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had supported her on a couple of occasions when she was forced to exit West Bengal in 2007.

"Not only in 2007, during the election time also in one of his interviews he spoke against the injustice done by the West Bengal government to me. Because of some Muslim fanatics demonstrated, I was thrown out of the state in 2007. A lot of people who believed in human rights and freedom of speech, including Modiji, have spoke against the act," she said.

Fed up with the hostile attitude of various governments, Taslima said that she wants to live a peaceful life in India although

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