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Mamata’s “Secularism” – Hijab to defend Aamir, Burka of Silence on Taslima

Author: Niticentral Staff
Publication: Niticentral.com
Date: November 27, 2015
URL: http://www.niticentral.com/2015/11/27/mamatas-secularism-hijab-for-aamir-burka-for-taslima-337334.html

Didi as she is popularly known as, the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee spoke in support of Aamir Khan’s intolerance comment.

Ms. Banerjee while addressing a rally over a lakh Muslims of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind at Shahid Minar ground in Kolkata said in support of Aamir Khan that,

“No one has the right to ask someone to leave this country as this country belongs to everyone.”

Aamir has said what he felt as an Indian. Who are you to tell him to leave the country? It belongs to everyone: Mamata Banerjee tells his de

— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) November 26, 2015

She further continued that,

“Nobody can say anything against them in this country. Whether Aamir is wrong or right, why would they decide? He has said something what he felt and what his wife told him. He has been asked to leave the country, as if the country is theirs and not ours. Who are they to ask someone to leave this country? This country belongs to everyone. This is our motherland.”

Ms. Banerjee’s comments come in the backdrop of comment made by Aamir Khan that he has been alarmed and feels despondency over the increase in incidents of intolerance in the last six to eight months.

Mamata’s appeasement politics continued when she said that,

“When I go to Ramakrishna Mission, Bharat Sevashram or Belur Math nobody raises any question. But when I decided to attend any rally organised by any minority group, people start raising questions. It is completely up to me with whom I will mix up and with whom I will not.”

It is worth noting that the legislative assembly of the state of West Bengal will go for polls in April or May 2016, as the five year term of the assembly is slated to expire on 20 May 2016.

Ms. Banerjee’s support for Aamir Khan is in stark contrast with the way she has refused to extend support to Taslima Nasreen, the author from Bangladesh who has been living in exile since 1994.

Ms. Nasreen had tweeted on the secular conscience awakening of liberal intellectuals a month back.

My serial was banned by Mamata Banerjee to appease Muslim fanatics. Didn't see any secular conscience awake. https://t.co/YjNc5iyB28

— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) October 24, 2015

Ms. Nasreen’s reference was to the TV show ‘Dusahobas’ which was based on her writings was banned by the West Bengal government. The show was pulled back as few minority religious groups object to its screening.

Ms. Nasreen in February 2014 had expressed her apprehension that her book ‘Nishiddho’ will also be pulled out of the Kolkata Book Fair the way previous one ‘Nirbasan’ was cancelled at the fair.

She has then also said that she had no hope of returning to Kolkata again and had added that,

“Situation in West Bengal is exactly like Bangladesh.”

Ms. Nasreen has frequently been saying that Mamata Banerjee is keeping her out of Kolkata to please Islamist lobby. Ms. Nasreen had also said that she will be thrown out of India if Mamata Banerjee became the Prime Minister of India.

When Ms. Banerjee had visited Bangladesh during February 2015 Taslima Nasreen had written that,

“Bangladesh has invited Mamata Banerjee, who joined hands with Muslim fundamentalists in her quest for Muslim votes, cheated Muslim community despite professing to be a devotee of goddess Kali, and yet offering namaaz and observing roza (fast).

The invitation to Mamata, a friend of Bangladeshi terrorists, is an insult to Bangladesh’s Feb 21 language movement.”
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