Granting of Citizenship to Ms Taslima Nasreen sign now

Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil
President of India
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Dr. Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister of India
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Granting of Citizenship to Ms Taslima Nasreen

Honourable President, Honourable Prime Minister:

We are writing this petition to you for granting citizenship to Ms Taslima Nasreen, the exiled Bangladeshi writer & a human rights defender, who currently lives in Kolkata.

Nasreen has been terrorised in Kolkata during the week beginning 17 November 2007 by certain groups of Islamic fanatics. The latters methods of terrorising included assaulting police, burning cars, and holding school children hostage.

In August 2007, a group of Muslim fundamentalist MLAs & their party political cadres committed criminal acts with impunity by targeting Nasreen in Hyderabad where she was invited to speak.

Hate crimes come naturally to these violent & criminally inclined people and, they pose a great danger to & bring instability in a civilized democratic country that value pluralism, human rights, freedom of expression & peaceful assembly. Such people should be regarded as unfit for public office & continual citizenship in any democracy because of deliberately violating the constitution or charter of rights. Further, they should be charged with criminal activities committed against a lawful resident.

Nasreen, a writer & a human rights defender, has a right to live in an Indian city of her choice, doesnt have to go into hiding in a free country & should be protected from terrorism. (Terrorism needn't always be committed through use of firearms & bombing of civilian targets but can also be perpetrated by violent bigots threatening civilians through assaults, death threats, eviction threats, inciting hate, & spreading

(Dr.) Talisman Nasreen (a child specialist turned writer & human rights defender) should be given favourable consideration for Indian citizenship, as well as honoured for her exemplary courage with which she expresses her thoughts on abuse of human rights

Indians of all faith should admire her unique work "Lajja (Shame.) It's not just a novel (as some Bengali writers & readers tend to make out), Lajja reveals more including a vivid account of the atrocities at the time that led to 2,500+ Hindu women being attacked & brutally raped in one single week of December 1992. (Indians of all faith groups and, the world media/ politicians/ governments should be ashamed of themselves for not condemning such heinous crimes.) There is more. 3000+ Hindu temples were razed/ desecrated in that same week, and, there were murders and burning down of Hindu owned shops & businesses located a short distance away from the seat of the then Government & Dhaka Police head quarters.

Taslima received fatwa not for insulting Islam (although its never difficult to whip up one) but for telling the truth for which Bangladeshi Islamic cadres, mullahs & politicians should be held to account. One can charge the Pakistani Sunni army for raping 200,000 Hindu girls & women as their comfort women and for slaughtering 2 million Hindu civilians between March & Dec 1971: but in December 1992, thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims, who could have been annihilated by the West Pakistani army without Indias help & intervention, committed crimes against humanity.

Nasreen has been facing death threats & fatwas in Bangladesh, her country of birth, for last 15 years. So we understand why she is restrained in expressing her outrage on the unprecedented level of minority cleansing & the thousands of gang rapes of minority women in Bangladesh that have been ongoing since October 2001.

It is unacceptable the way Nasreen is being moved around at this time. The Government of the Indian state of West Bengal is wrong on not safeguarding her as a human being & for sending her to Rajasthan. India should not cowed by any home grown &/or imported religious extremists.

India has accommodated millions of persecuted people (Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, and Sufi Muslims) over many centuries and, during last 50 years, India has incurred the wrath & enmity of China for welcoming Dalai Lama, given shelter to Burmese dissidents & refugees, housed 10 million displaced East Pakistanis during 1971, and, taken Tamils fleeing earlier atrocities in Sri Lanka.

Nasreen is a naturalised Indian and should be favourably considered for citizenship. She should be allowed to live and write without fear of persecution and any kind of threats from religious fanatics. A freethinking citizen from any faith or a human being who seeks justice & freedom would strongly support the cause of granting Indian citizenship to her. Its only to save her from the bigots and religious zealots, Taslima, the writer & the human rights defender, is now a "saranagata" in India.

Ultimately, the Indian Government should protect Nasreen adequately through all available means. In Indian citizenship law there simply is no place of taking the side of one faith that discriminates or terrorises.

We urge you to grant Taslima Nasren citizenship rights, and, protect Indias core values of pluralism, individual human rights, and freedom of expression.

Yours truly:

Mouli Ghosh
on behalf of East India Watch

Copy to:
Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Leader of the House
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Shri Lal Krishna Advani, Leader of Opposition
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H.E. Dr. Louise Arbour
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Ms Irene Khan
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Ms Catherine Baber
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KennethRoth[email protected]>

HRWLondon[email protected]>

HRWToronto[email protected]>

CarolineMcCormick[email protected]>


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  • 26 December 2015350. Basu B
    I am shocked & dismayed at the way the Government of West Bengal has treated Taslima Nasreen, an eminent writer, a champion of himan rights & a tireless campaigner for women rights. I fully support the granting of citizenship to Nasreen & con
  • 26 December 2015349. Swamy K
    It is time for the Hindus of India to show their gratitude in kind, for the courage she displayed and personal risks she took in lending her voice in defence of the hapless Hindu community of Bangladesh during the 1992 pogroms and massacres.
  • 25 December 2015348. Ujjal D
    If a fat fool like Adnan Sami can stay in India then Taslima can also be granted the citizenship of India Address 38, MAYUR BAGH APARTMENTS. A - 6.ASCHIM VIHAR, NEW DELHI-110063 May We Contact You? YES
  • 16 December 2015347. Samira G
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
  • 10 December 2015345. Arabinda Kb
    We must save India from the Muslim Fundametalists May We Contact You? yes
  • 08 December 2015344. Sachin K
    Taslima should be given citizenship immediately with full security protection. If govt decline to provide security Human Rights Group & Political Parties should take security responcibilites. Phone 646-619-1718,718-609-1925
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  • 24 November 2015340. Anjali S
    Why are we bending to the whims of some fanatics. Fanaticism in any religion must not be tolerated. Address Karol Bagh, New Delhi May We Contact You? Yes
  • 11 November 2015339. Rabindranath Trivedirajent
    I support this petition
  • 09 November 2015338. Bonna R
    I support this petition
  • 08 November 2015337. Sadanjan Cisneros
    Is Indian Consitution supports fundamentalism & this UPA govt is in the hands of muslim fundamentalists? May We Contact You? yes
  • 26 October 2015336. Anuradha B
    I support this petition
  • 19 October 2015335. Krishen K
    I support this petition
  • 12 October 2015334. Abhijit G
    Taslima is a batter citizen than M F Husain, She works for Indians Address South Korea Phone В May We Contact You? yes
  • 04 October 2015333. S Vb
    I support this petition
  • 24 September 2015332. Jagdish Cs
    India must feel proud to grant Taslima Nasrin citizenship without any restrictions on her freedom of speech. Address Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA May We Contact You? yes
  • 23 September 2015331. Bonna R
    I support this petition
  • 05 September 2015330. Pk B
    Stop appeasing the enemies of secular India and grant immediate citizenship to Ms. Nasreen.
  • 02 September 2015329. Dr Chandanb
    Please Give Her Indian Citizenship Address London, UK
  • 04 August 2015328. Tapan G
    India must grant Citizenship to Taslima. Otherwise Govt of India will be considered as coward. In that case, Dr. Manmohan Singh must abandon his turban which is the symbol of courage. Address KOLKATA. India
  • 21 July 2015327. D Dg
    India must stop appeasing muslims, or any radical religious forces for vote politics. Religious minorities are tortured in islamic countries. India should stand strong with secular values without surrendering to radical islamists, or any other radical rel
  • 06 July 2015326. Rakhal S
  • 05 July 2015325. Shilpa Leonard
    Stop atrocities against hindus
  • 02 July 2015324. Sitansu Sc
    It is high time India takes a stand on religious fundamentalism in the subcontinent to which people of minority faiths are continually subjected in Bangladesh and other adjoining theocratic states, with spill-over effects threatening India's own secularis

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