I never penned any article for a newspaper in Karnataka: Taslima Nasreen
PTI, Mar 2, 2010, 12.51pm IST
NEW DELHI: Exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen on Tuesday said the appearance of an article in a Karnataka newspaper purportedly written by her, which triggered violent protests in Shimoga and Hassan towns, is a "deliberate attempt to malign" her and "misuse" her writings to create disturbance in the society.
Nasreen said in a statement that she never penned any article for a newspaper in Karnataka.
"The incident that occurred in Karnataka on Monday shocked me. I learned that it was provoked by an article written by me that appeared in a Karnataka newspaper. But I have never written any article for any Karnataka newspaper in my life," she said.
Nasreen said, "The appearance of the article is atrocious. In any of my writings I have never mentioned that Prophet Muhammad was against burkha. Therefore this is a distorted story."
The author said, "I suspect that it is a deliberate attempt to malign me and to misuse my writings to create disturbance in the society. I wish peace will prevail."
The violence in Shimoga, the home town of Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, left two persons dead, one of them in police firing on Sunday.
Nasreen, staying in an undisclosed destination due to security reasons since her return to India last month, had her visa extended recently by six months till August this year.
Replying to a question, she said she would not like to say anything other than the statement issued by her.
So the cat is out of the bag.
Ms Taslima says she has not penned the article for any paper in Karnataka.
Yet the article has appeared with her name and trouble broke out in Shimoga, the home town of the Chif Minister B S Yeddyrappa.
Don't you think that is a coincident?
I believe this has been initiated by the Congress Party as that was one state they wanted under their belt and creating communal problem was an easy solution.
I wouldn't be surprised for the congress is unscrupulous as we have seen in Maharashtra how they have allowed it to burn while they profited.