Thursday, August 09, 2007

MIM protest at Taslima Nasreen's press conference in Hyderabad: Ruckus sans reason

The MLAs of Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen [MIM] created ruckus at the Taslima Nasreen's press conference.

The Bangladeshi author who had to leave her country, had reached Hyderabad for the release of her book.

Rather than assault on her, as many reports described the incident, I would call it ruckus.

Mercifully she didn't get injured. As far as Majlis is concerned, it has done little good to add to its existing 'reputation'.

Worse was the reaction of MIM leaders when they were contacted by news channels as they failed to put their point across [even though their behaviour was not at all justified].

The MIM chief Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi kept repeating that the 'attack' was justified but failed to say what exactly was his problem with Taslima's writings. Most of his MLAs, except one, who spoke to channels, were simply irrational.

They had nothing to say that could in any way justify their rage and express their point of view. At least, the leaders of Shiv Sena [which MIM seems to be emulating to an extent], are articulate enough that they even justify the unjustifiable.

I am sure this comparison will anger many people but a peaceful protest with black flags would have been a much better idea than MIM activists barging into the Press Club premises and creating nuisance. I wonder why Asaduddin Owaisi didn't speak to media. At least, he is articulate.

As far as Taslim Nasreen's writings are concerned, she is no great writer. Recently I finished one of the volumes of her autobiography. She is self-obsessed. There is, of course, enough masala to compensate: like explicit description of her lesbian affair with a woman in Europe, her failure to learn secrets of giving oral pleasure and her thoughts at the sight of innumerable human phalluses of all size and shapes at a nudist beach.

Khair. Tasleema Nasrin may be a bad writer but this sort of protest is absolutely unwarranted.

LINK to Karan Thapar's long and interesting interview with Nasreen at CNN IBN. She doesn't come across as an intellectually profound person, rather one finds her quite shallow. The video is also there at the same link. It is a must-read transcript.