As Taslima srin Suffers Endlessly
This has reference to the news "I would be killed in Bangladeshi: Taslima srin" (The Sentinel, March 28, 2018). Taslima srin, author and poet from Bangladesh, has lived in exile for decades after facing death threats in her homeland for her literary works.
In the said report, she said she will not say sorry for her writings, in a stout defence of her commentary on misogyny within religious institutions and practices.
srin said freedom of expression is necessary for a democracy and she is hurt by the fact that under the "so-called democracy" in Bangladesh, not only has she lived in exile for 24 years but her books, notably "Lajja", has also been banned. srin argued that the freedom of expression would not exist unless "everybody has the right to offend others".
srin said that she had consistently critiqued all forms of religious fundamentalism, not just Islamic. Nevertheless, when she was attacked for her views, it was not Indian leftists and secularists who supported her, but "unfortutely the right-wingers".
Reflecting on her childhood encounter with religious texts that had propelled her towards atheism and a firm belief that only science can give the true explation for all observed phenome in the universe, srin said that the conflict was not between various religions but between "secularism and fundamentalism… the ratiol illogical mind and the irratiol minefield… innovation and traction and between the people who value freedom and who do not".
Satish Kumar Sarma,
Kalyanpur, Biswath Charali.
Interruption of Internet
It is welcome that the Electricity Department of the Government of Assam, APDCL in particular, sends messages to the mobile phones of its consumers when there is no power supply, mentioning in our area the date, time period for power cut, improvement work or scheduled heavy lighting/rain etc.
I would, therefore, like to request the different telecom companies such as BSNL, Airtel, Vodaphone, Idea etc to also take similar steps when there is interruption of network so that customers may not get trouble and remain alert all the time.
Bamgaon, Biswath Chariali.
It is a matter of great pride for all of us in the Northeast that a lady from Manipur, Mirabai Chanu, could clinch a gold medal in the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Australia. As it is, Manipur has always excelled in games and sports, boxer Mary Kom being another example.
I think other States of the region should take a leaf out of the sports history of Manipur and put in place the necessary infrastructure for the development of games and sports. Schools have an additiol responsibility.