Unrest in Bengal


by Rumbold
21st November, 2007 at 3:19 pm    

Calcutta has been hit by a wave of riots:

“Troops have been deployed in the Indian city of Calcutta after protests over a controversial writer turned into riots. Police using tear gas and baton charges were unable to control crowds calling for Bangladeshi feminist writer Taslima Nasreen to leave India. Rioters blocked roads and set cars alight. At least 27 people were hurt. More than 100 arrests have been made.

Wednesday’s trouble in the state capital began after the predominantly Muslim All-India Minority Forum called for blockades on major roads in the city. The group said Ms Nasreen had “seriously hurt Muslim sentiments”. Many Muslims say her writing ridicules Islam.

The All-India Minority Forum says Taslima Nasreen’s Indian visa should be revoked and she should be forced to leave the country. Critics say she called for the Koran to be changed to give women greater rights, but she vehemently denied making the comments. Ms Nasreen fled Bangladesh in the early 1990s after death threats and has spent the last three years in Calcutta after a long stay in Europe.”

Sunny’s update: In the comments, pounce points out that the riots are actually about the killing of villagers, not the writer Taslima Nasrin. Bad BBC reporting in other words.


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  1. Sunny — on 21st November, 2007 at 3:26 pm  

    Idiots.

  2. sonia — on 21st November, 2007 at 4:49 pm  

    Aha interesting news Rumbold. riots in the streets of calcutta- how shocking!

    the fact that so many people find Taslima Nasrin ‘outrageous’ and seem to hate her personally, is what is bizarre. what is so offensive about her? so she steps over boundaries. ooh what a bad woman! ok so someone doesn’t like the religion they were brought up, big deal. so they criticise it, they may say something mean. big deal – does it make your religion bad as long as you think it is great? why should you care, you’re supposed to be “in the know” anyway.

    bottom line is people don’t like her because she didn’t conform, she wasn’t the typical ‘oh well i’ll just let this oppression carry on and keep silence’ like any good indian subcontinental woman should have done! Oh no she brought attention on herself and shame on her culture, hai hai chi chi!

    goodness. i suppose we all do like a bit of excitement and a riot, what else is there to do?

  3. justforfun — on 21st November, 2007 at 5:29 pm  

    …….a bit of excitement and a riot, what else is there to do?

    Asking generally … or are you asking Kismet?

    You’re right though, have they nothing better to do. I was pondering a question that someone asked while back. Where are the Hindus on this site? – and I realised, they are actually working! I know it seems odd , strange even :-) .

    Prosperity is obviously getting down to the Muslims of Calcutta if they can afford to riot….

    … Or are they being paid to riot? It could just be a job, like any other that pays the bills, and that is what pays for most riots from which ever community. So when we hear of riots in India, its not the number of rioters that count or their views, its the money behind them and their views.

    Justforfun

  4. Rumbold — on 21st November, 2007 at 7:44 pm  

    Sonia:

    “The fact that so many people find Taslima Nasrin ‘outrageous’ and seem to hate her personally, is what is bizarre. what is so offensive about her? so she steps over boundaries. ooh what a bad woman! ok so someone doesn’t like the religion they were brought up, big deal. so they criticise it, they may say something mean. big deal – does it make your religion bad as long as you think it is great? why should you care, you’re supposed to be “in the know” anyway.”

    It is becoming ridiculous. If they disagree with her, fair enough, but they should not riot in order to get her deported so that she will face persecution. I thought that women facing threats were supposed to be protected. These people have no honour.

    “Bottom line is people don’t like her because she didn’t conform, she wasn’t the typical ‘oh well i’ll just let this oppression carry on and keep silence’ like any good indian subcontinental woman should have done! Oh no she brought attention on herself and shame on her culture, hai hai chi chi!”

    Yes, she had the nerve to disagree with the party line. I don’t think the riots would have happened though had it not been for Nandigram, which seems to have really set everyone in West Bengal on edge.

  5. pounce — on 21st November, 2007 at 8:25 pm  

    So the BBC the multi billion pound news agency reports that people are rioting on the streets of Kolkata ecause they are upset at a certain feminist writer.
    Utter Tosh.
    The people in Kolkata are rioting because the of the so called ‘Nandigram massacre’ which resulted in 14 people getting killed on the 14th of March this year
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/HC_slams_Bengal_govt_slammed_for_Nandigram_violence/articleshow/2545997.cms

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nandigram_SEZ_controversy#The_events_of_March_14_2007
    and of allegations of women getting raped this month in the same region.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nandigram_SEZ_controversy#November_2007_violence

    Here is the news from India which substantiates my post.
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?id=243428f3-9016-4460-b534-88c2b02eb79b&&Headline=Police%2c+mob+clash+in+Kolkata%2c+RAF+comes+into+action

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?id=39b3bd97-bb17-4d6c-8550-86e0ad037249&&Headline=Army+out+after+violence%2c+arson+on+Kolkata+streets

    Taslima Nasreen is a side issue which it appears has been added on in which to inflame the situation even more. The real protest is because of 14 murders. As reported by Reuters
    http://in.news.yahoo.com/071121/137/6nj3k.html

    Very weak reporting from the BBC.

  6. Vikrant — on 21st November, 2007 at 11:14 pm  

    Where are the Hindus on this site? – and I realised, they are actually working!

    Aye

  7. Rumbold — on 22nd November, 2007 at 9:37 am  

    Thanks for that Pounce. Apologies. I did think that the Nandigram issue was one of the underlying factors, but the BBC indicated that the anger against the writer was the most important component.

  8. sonia — on 22nd November, 2007 at 11:42 am  

    makes much more sense, why would folks on the streets of calcutta get so irked by taslima anyway.

  9. justforfun — on 22nd November, 2007 at 1:30 pm  

    Vikrant – re-takes?

    Slip your professors a bribe … I mean a Thanksgiving present ;-)

    Justforfun

  10. sonia — on 22nd November, 2007 at 1:42 pm  

    well i suppose rumbold they think she should cut short her stay ( or not have been given a visa in the first place) should go back to switzerland or wherever it is she has asylum. Bangladesh where she is from won’t have her back.

  11. Vikrant — on 22nd November, 2007 at 7:37 pm  

    Slip your professors a bribe … I mean a Thanksgiving present ;-)

    Heh one of my professors, who is the biggest bane of me life is… French!! :-( . We always have programming assignments that are due on Staurday and Sunday mornings!

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