Controversial author Taslima Nasreen, now in exile for 12 years, wants to come back to Bangladesh, reports UNB.
"Exile has become a bus stop for me where I am waiting to go back home. I do have hope and hope is my home", she said at a meeting organised by a publishing house in Pune, India, Friday.
Taslima wondered over banning of her autobiography by the communist government in West Bengal as she thought that communists were supposed to be secular, a PTI report said.
"In India my books were banned too. The ban in West Bengal was on the ground that it hurt the religious feelings of the people. "Communists were supposed to be secular but in my case they chose to ban my autobiography simply because they wanted to get the votes of Muslims", she told the meeting.
She said, "So far I have written 28 books and five of them have been banned by the Bangladesh government. The government there has initiated moves to get my other books banned too simply because they (the books) have dared to bring to light the condition of the women who are an oppressed lot and also the injustice meted out to the people from the minority community."
"I dream of a beautiful world where no woman is oppressed but is treated like a human being, where religion and culture are not used to create segregation amongst fellow human beings and where diversity is respected," she said.
"I am in exile for 12 years now ever since the storm created by my book 'Lajja' which depicted the atrocities faced by Hindu women in Bangladesh after the demolition of the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya," Taslima was quoted to have said.