Acclaimed writer Taslima Nasrin Inaugurated the 60th Annual NASA Convention held at DC School of Management and Technology Vagamon. While inaugurating the 60th annual conference of the National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA) at the DC College of Architecture and Design at Vagamon, Taslima Nasrin, the eminent writer and human rights activist, emphasized, the artistic value of the science of architecture. “It is like a beautiful of a poem, which is entirely built up in the beautiful structure of words, “ she said. In her speech, she remembered that she wanted to learn architecture and even passed the entrance course of it. But her father forced her to study medicine, and hence, she is a doctor now.
She also pointed out the need of preserving the classical architecture. She mentioned that she felt sorry when her brother once renovated their old mansion with beautiful stained glasses, traditional doors and windows and brought out a modern stylish look for the house. She said she is not against the new innovations in the architectural field. But our classical architecture should be preserved. Another point she added that the building is not building alone; while constructing buildings, environment also should be considered.
NASA would be having a five-day programme schedule including workshops, film festivals, talks, seminars, informal events and cultural activities for participants. About three thousand five hundred students from different architecture institutions spread over India and SAARC are participating in this convention. Kerala is hosting the NASA convention after a long break. The welcome speech was given by Professor George Aikkarakunnel. Mr Ravi DC, the chief facilitator of the DS School of Architecture, mentioned that NASA is a platform for architectural students to meet each other and exchange ideas. They can learn and interact more through such meets, he added, and can build up a sense of belonging as well as a sense of ownership.
Taslima Nasrin also released a book titled Synagogues of Kerala, a coffee table book, after the inauguration of convention.In her press meet after the inauguration, Taslima Nasrin expressed her views on uniform civil code aus can be brought nd triple talaq. She said there should be a single law all over the world despite all religions. By banning triple talaq, there is no guarantee for an equal status for women. Taslima Nasrin said, she is not against divorce personally as it depends on the individual’s choice. The Islamic law is modified in many countries, but still there is no equal status. She said, she supports uniform civil code based on gender equality while stands against all kind of oppressions. Religious minorities should have the right to live in every country. No rulers should not suppress minorities in their countries, she emphasised.
While mentioning about Padmavati controversy and censorship, Taslima Nasrin added that she is against any sort of censorship of art. The artist should continue her/his art. No one has the right to kill an artist on the basis of his creation. They can criticize her/his work. But no right to kill. Freedom of expression is the pillar of democracy.