February 2, 2012

Kolkata Book Fair: Taslima's Book launched

Despite the protests by some religious groups against the launch of Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen's autobiography, the book was finally released at the the Kolkata Book Fair.

The book was launched by writer Nabarun Bhattacharya in a low-key affair ending the speculation that the launch of the book has been cancelled.

Bhattacharya came forward to release the book 'Nirbashan' after Dey's Publishing and publisher of the book Sudhangshu De told him that they were denied permission to launch the book at the fair.

Taslima confirmed it on Twitter quoting IBN news "Taslima's book launched despite protests". "The PBS publisher with friends have released my book under the open sky at Kolkata Book Fair. Book release in the AC hall was banned", she posted.

'Nirbashan' is the seventh volume of Taslima's autobiography and the religious fanatics opposed the launch of the book at the book fair. Earlier in the afternoon, sources said that a religious group has submitted a memorandum to the Lalbazar police headquarters objecting the release of the book authored by Taslima.

However, the organisers of the book fair had said that the book could not be launched as the hall was not ready due to Kolkata Literature Festival.

Even Taslima on Twitter had posted: "Kolkata Book Fair committee cancelled my book release program today at Kolkata Book Fair. Why? Some religious fanatics don't want it to happen".

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