Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, an advocate of women rights and a vehement critic of religious fundamentalism has been facing death threats for a long time. Photograph:( AFP )
Bangladesh-born Taslima Nasreen, 55, who fled her country after a fundamentalist backlash over her book Lajja in the 90s, backed Haryana chief minister's move to not to allow namaz in public places.
In a tweet, Nasreen said that "My mom was a devout Muslim. She prayed 5 times a day. But she would never like 2pray in the street. She would hate to disturb ppl by occupying the public place. Her belief was harmless. Political Islam goes to the streets to show off, to hack, to bomb, to kill. Save Islam from being political"
My mom was a devout Muslim.She prayed 5times a day.But she would never like 2pray in the street.She would hate to disturb ppl by occupying public place.Her belief ws harmless.Political Islam goes to the streets to show off,to hack,to bomb,to kill. Save Islam from being political— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) May 7, 2018
Speaking out against the practice of offering Namaz at public places, Taslima Nasreen tweeted: "Namaz should be offered at mosque and Eidgah. Makes sense. Should be applicable for other worshipers too. Blocking public places not good."
Namaz should be offered at mosque and Eidgah. Makes sense. Should be applicable for other worshipers too. Blocking public places not good. pic.twitter.com/cs76oKVFf6— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) May 6, 2018
Jinnah was never a respected figure in Bangladesh
Taking to Twitter, she wrote that Jinnah was not respected among the academic circles of Bangladesh as he had declared Urdu as the state language of East Pakistan, a region where the majority of people are Bengalis.
Not only Jinnah hall was renamed Surya Sen hall,in Bangladesh Jinnah Avenue was renamed Bangabandhu Avenue,Jinnah college was renamed Titumir college. Jinnah was not respected,cause he declared Urdu,only Urdu should be the state language of East Pakistan,where majority r Bengalis— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) May 7, 2018
She added that many colleges and educational institutions named after Jinnah were renamed post-Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 - Jinnah college thus became the Titumir College and Jinnah Avenue became the Bangabandhu Avenue.
Meanwhile, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said that prayer promotes peace and no tension should be allowed in the name of worshipping God.
The minority affairs minister also said the Haryana government was "very sensitive" towards the issue and that Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar himself had clarified that his regime was not against offering prayers.
Naqvi, however, added that if there was any complaint in this connection, the issue had to be settled amicably.