Banning Books is banning ideas says Taslima Nasrin. She was interacting with a pack of readers in an interaction session organized by DC Books at DC Auditorium. Ravi Deecee welcomed acclaimed writer Taslima Nasrin to the interactive session. He gave a brief introduction on her work and life. Professor at CMS College Anju Susan moderated the session.
Taslima was in her usual jovial mood she started the session by thanking the organizers. She repeatedly showed her love towards India and how much she loves Kerala.
She was initially asked on writing Lajja. She said it’s her third novel and within five months of publishing it got banned. Muslim fanatics demanded her execution but they were also angry on her previously published works too. She added that she will continue writing for women rights and freedom. She dreams for equality, a celebration of equal rights and a uniform civil code based on equality. Even though there were protests she continue to write for she values the love she receives more over the hatred generated from specific groups.
She is a strong advocate of freedom of expression and she condemns every sort of ban. She opines that if a book is not liked by some they should criticize it and violence is not the answer. She talked about various laws that should be taken away to ensure freedom of expression and that she is happy that India has taken off the session that stands against freedom of expression.
A research student who studies Taslima’s writings were asked her opinion on censorship and the ever charming author said she is against all sort of censorship. Her books were censored by publishers banned by governments and she with a hint of wit said there should be a campaign on reading banned books.
She was asked who inspired her in writing for which she replied ‘May be my father’. She said she is not a person who follows strict discipline in writing she may write when she feels like and she has written poems when in turmoil during the stay at Safe house.
She defined Feminism as a notion that women are human beings. She also urged men to fight for women’s right. When asked about whether women in governing power can change the world she replied even when women are in power if the government doesn’t have the ideological commitment to change the women’s status in society no world will be changed.
She also took time to share her light moments with her dad while studying as a medical student. How they interacted through poems posted to the window.
When a reader asked whether it is the unrest of her mind or the world that leads to her to writing she replied , “It is not the unrest of my mind. I am a dreamer. I dream of beautiful world started writing because of that and I continue writing”
The moderator asked How far is that beautiful world?
And she said, it may be far but I will continue writing and after my death strong ladies will continue doing so till the beautiful world is made.
She agreed that submission of women to patriarchy is more dangerous and that mindset should be changed. She reminded that Education can change the world but educated doesn’t mean having academically qualified as an educated person will not be able to hurt a women.
Vote of thanks was given by Ravi Deecee. The crowd was so excited to meet their favorite author and they rushed to take selfies and autographs. She also paid visit to DC Kizhakemuri Museum.