Deport Taslima from India: Azmi

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Nagpur, Dec 9 (UNI) Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen should be deported out of India in deference to the religious sentiments of Muslims, demanded Abu Asim Azmi, president of Maharashtra Samajwadi Party unit, today.

Talking to newspersons on the sidelines of his party's state executive meeting here, Mr Azmi said Ms Nasreen was repeatedly writing against Islam, hurting the sentiments of crores of its followers. Instead of acting against Ms Nasreen, the Indian government had rolled out the red carpet for her, he said.

Mr Azmi contrasted this attitude of the government with that towards painter M F Hussain, who drew objectionable paintings of Hindu gods and goddesses, and James Laine, who passed derogatory remarks against the Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The government had launched criminal proceedings against both, he said.

The government should not discriminate between the two communities, he added.

Mr Azmi described the publication of Sachar Committee Report as a vote-grabbing exercise of the UPA government, saying the government had taken no action on the committee's recommendations which showed that it was not interested in the welfare of the Muslim community.


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