Kolkata, Dec 22 (UNI) External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen will be allowed to stay in India if she behaved like a guest.
''She is a guest and should behave like a guest. She should not do anything that would hurt the people's sentiment,'' Mr Mukherjee said while denying a report that the author was virtually under house arrest.
The External Affairs Minister was here to lay foundation stone of the Centre for Milimetrewave Semicondoctor Devices and Systems at the Calcutta University.
Mr Mukherjee yesterday informed that Ms Nasreen should talk to officials of the Ministry if she faced any problems.
Meanwhile, several intellectuals of the city today took out a silent rally here in support of the controversial author.
Over hundreds of theatre artists and human right activists have demanded that the author be allowed to stay in the place of her own choice.
''Our protest is against the inhuman treatment to Ms Nasreen by both the West Bengal government and Centre. We want that she be allowed to stay at any place in India that she chooses to,'' said noted actor-director Aparna Sen.
The Centre had given an ultimatum to the controversial writer to either stay in Delhi and confined as official direction or leave the country.
Soon after this Taslima had decided to put her next novel on hold, which was scheduled to be released during the Kolkata Book Fair in January.
''With such trauma, I wont be able to complete the book,''she said.
She had appealed to the government to ''change its mind''.
Earlier, the writer, after being ousted from Bangladesh stayed in Kolkata, but following the violent protest by Muslim activists, she was shifted to Jaipur on November 22 and then to New Delhi under heavy security.
She is currently in the national capital and has been barred any contact with media.