New Delhi, Mar 31 (UNI) The Communist Party of India(CPI) feels the way exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen was treated in India and fundamentalists opposing her were pampered has not brought any glory to the country.
''We have not covered ourselves with glory in this matter,'' CPI general secretary A B Bardhan said in an interaction with UNI journalists here today.
His frank remark came when asked how he felt about a very strong perception prevailing in the country that the Left parties' attitude to fundamentalists had been very conciliatory in the case of Taslima Nasreen.
''I am really speechless,'' said the veteran leader of the CPI which shares power with the CPI(M) in West Bengal. The Left Front government in the state this year refused to host the controversial writer following protests by some Muslim organisations which found references to Islam in her writings ''derogatory''.
Ms Nasreen had to be shifted to Jaipur and later to Delhi where she was kept almost under a state of house arrest, not being allowed to meet anybody. She ultimately left Delhi for Canada after her frequent requests to the Centre and the West Bengal government to allow her to stay in Kolkata were turned down.
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