Taslima waiting for 'green signal' to return to Kolkata

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Kolkata, Nov 26 (UNI) Self-exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen today said she wanted to return to Kolkata as early as possible, but there was no 'green signal' so far.

''I want to return to Kolkata. I want to stay there. I do not want to go to Europe. I am waiting to receive a green signal, but I wonder from where it will come,'' she told a Bengali television channel in a telephonic interview from Delhi.

Ms Nasreen, who has been living outside Kolkata since November 22 following largescale violence in the city the previous day, said she had not decided on her own to leave, rather she was asked to move to Rajasthan.

''Why should I take a decision on my own? I did not decide to go to Rajasthan. I was asked to do so,'' she said in reply to a question whether she felt insecure following the violent demand by a minority organisation for her deportation and decided on her own to leave the city.

However, when questioned whether she was pressurised to leave Kolkata, Ms Nasreen said, ''I do not want to speak on this. I only want to return to Kolkata. At this moment nothing is in my hands,'' she said.

Ms Nasreen, who had fled Bangladesh in 1994 to live the life of a fugitive since then, has been living in Kolkata from 2004.


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