1962 – Taslima was born in a Muslim family but was brought up in a secular environment.

Student life

1976 – Secondary School Certificate 1st division

1978 – Higher Secondary certificate 1st division

1984- Medical Degree ( M.B.B.S)

1985- In-service training

Life as a Doctor

1986-1989- Taslima worked in the villages as a medical officer.

1990-1993- She worked in gynecology and anesthesiology departments in medical college hospitals.

1993- She was forced to quit her job, as the Government confiscated her passport and asked her to stop writings.

A Writer’s life

1975- She begins publishing her poems in literary magazines.

1978- Started editing and publishing poetry magazine.

1986- Her first poetry book was published.

1989- Taslima’s second poetry book was published.

She started writing columns on women’s rights in the newspapers and magazines and became a very popular columnist.

1990- Saw the publication of her third poetry book.

Islamic fundamentalists started campaign against her and broke the newspaper offices and filed cases against her because she criticized Islamic oppression on women.

1991- This year her book ‘selected columns’ was published and she became a best selling author.

Islamic fundamentalists continued vicious demonstrations and processions against her all over the country.

1992- Taslima’s second book of essays was published.

Books of poetry and novels also were published.

”Taslima smashed committee” was formed. They burned Taslima’s book in the national book fair. Taslima was not allowed to visit book fair.

Received prestigious literary award ”Ananda” for her book ”selected columns” from India.

Became a best selling author in West Bengal, a state of India.

1993- Her documentary novel ‘Lajja’, which is a protest against the torture on minority community was published.

Lajja was banned by the Government of Bangladesh.

The third book of essays on women’s freedom was published.

Taslima was physically attacked by the fundamentalists in the national book fair. They broke the bookstall where she was giving autographs to her readers. She was asked by the book fair committee not to visit thee book fair anymore.

Islamic fundamentalists issued fatwa against her and set a price on her head.

1994- Her books began getting published in many Indian and European languages.

Muslim fundamentalists demanded her execution by hanging. Countrywide protest started against Taslima’s view. Death penalty against blasphemy was demanded.

The Government of Bangladesh filed case against her on the charges of hurting religious feelings of the people and a non-bail able arrest warrant was issued against her. She went into hiding with the help of a few secular people in Bangladesh.

300,000 fundamentalists held a public meeting and demanded her death.

General Strikes all over the country was observed to demand Taslima’s execution.

Two more fatwas were issued against her by the religious fundamentalists.

Writers and intellectuals outside Bangladesh supported Taslima and demanded her safety and security.

After staying in hiding for two months she was granted bail from the high court and was forced to leave her country.

She received the Kurt Tucholsky prize from the Swedish PEN.

Sakharov prize for freedom of thoughts was given by European Parliament.

Received Human Rights award From French Government.

She was awarded with Edit de Nantes prize in France.

Bangladeshi publishers stopped publishing her books. Newspapers-editors stopped publishing her columns.

1995- Honorary Doctorate degree was given from Gent University, Belgium.

1996- A poetry book that expressed her longing for her homeland was published.

1997- Started writing her autobiography

1999- First part of her autobiography was banned by the Bangladesh Government.

2000- She received Ananda literary award from West Bengal, India.

2002- Seocnd part of her autobiography was banned by the Bangladesh Government.

A Bangladesh court sentenced her to one year in prison on a charge of writing derogatory comments about Islam in several of her books.

2003- Third part of her autobiography was banned by Bangladesh court.

She got fellowship from Harvard University, USA.

Nearly 4 million dollar defamation lawsuits were filed against Taslima for writing Dwikhandito both in Bangladesh and in India by two male writers.

West Bengal Government banned ‘Dwikhandito’, the third part of her autobiography on the charges of hurting religious feelings of the people.

2004- Fourth part of her autobiography was banned by Bangladesh Government.

A prize for the promotion of tolerance and non-violence was given from UNESCO.

2005- Received Honorary Doctorate from American University of Paris, France.

Grand prix International Codorcet-Aron 2005 was given from French-Parliament in Belgium.

Kolkata High Court lifted the ban on her book.

2007-2008- She had been blacklisted in Bangladesh, She is now blacklisted in the West Bengal, a state of India. Newspaper-editors do not publish her articles and the publishers are afraid to publish her books.

She was given ‘Simone de Beauvoir prize’ in France.

‘Citizen of Honor’ was given by the city of Paris, France.

Prins Global fellowship was given by literature department of New York University, USA.

2009 Malyalam edition of her new book ”Shame again” was published in Kerala. And Hindi version of her books”Bondini” and ”Narir kono Desh nei” published from Delhi.

”Bondini” and ”Narir kono desh nei” were published in Bangladesh.

Taslima received Woodrow Wilson fellowship in the USA.

Life in exile

1994- Taslima lived in Sweden and started getting invitations from all over the world to give lectures on Human Rights, Women’s Rights, Secularism and Freedom of expression.

She became a symbol of free speech.

1995-1996- Lived to Germany.

She did not want to give up her Bangladesh passport.

1997- Moved to Sweden.

As a political refugee she received the United Nation’s travel document.

1998- Started living in the USA.

She wanted to go back to Bangladesh to be with her ailing mother but the Government denied her entry into the country.

She withdrew her political asylum as well as her UN’s travel document and took back her Bangladesh passport and without informing the Government she entered the country.

A case was filed against her on the charges of hurting religious feelings. A non-bail-able arrest warrant was issued against her. She was forced to leave her country once again.

She was in the Huji, the Islamic terrorist group’s no.1 target. After staying two months in her country, she was forced to leave the country once again.

1999-2000- Lived in France

After 6 years of waiting, she was granted visa for India and she immediately visited Kolkata where she could feel at home.

Islamic fundamentalists in India started campaign against her.

2001-2002- Lived in Sweden and visited India with tourist visa.

Bangladesh Government had been refusing to renew her passport for years so she was forced to have an European passport.

She begged the Government to allow her to enter Bangladesh so that she could be with her dying father at least for a few days. She was denied to enter her own country. Her father died.

2003-2004- The fundamentalists issued fatwa against her in India.

She got residence permit to live in India. She moved to Kolkata and started living there, first time in her exile life she settled somewhere.

2005- One more fatwa was issued against her.

2006–Taslima was invited in Medinipur in West Bengal to attend a cultural program, the Muslim fundamentalists protested against her visit, the authority cancelled the program.

Taslima was invited to inaugurate the book fair in Siliguri in West Bengal, she was prevented to go there after the fanatics protested.

2007- She was attacked by the Muslim fundamentalists in Hyderabad.

The fundamentalists issued fatwa against her and set a price ( unlimited reward) on her head in a public meeting in Kolkata.

She was invited by the Allahabad University as a speaker, but after she was attacked in Hyderabad, the University cancelled Taslima’s lecture.

She was forced to live under virtual house arrest in Kolkata and was constantly asked by the WB Government to leave the state.

Violent protest was held by the Muslim fundamentalists demanding her deportation from India.

She was bundled out of Kolkata by West Bengal Government.

She was sent to city of Jaipur in Rajasthan, but was not allowed to stay there. She was bundled out of Jaipur.

She was kept in an undisclosed location in Delhi where she was forced to live under house arrest.

2008- The Government asked Taslima to leave India. After staying for seven-and-a-half months under house arrest she was forced to leave India in March.

Taslima applied for the renewal of her Bangladesh passport again. And again that was denied as usual. She even requested Bangladesh Government to issue a ”no visa required’ stamp or at least a tourist visa for Bangladesh on her European passport. But this request was also denied.

She returned to India in August. She had to stay in Delhi and was not allowed to go to Kolkata, not even for two days to pack her bags and leave. She was forced to quit her establishment in Kolkata.

She was given the extension of her residence permit with a condition that she must leave India in a few days. She was forced to leave India once again.

2009 Taslima returned to India before her residence permit expired. But again, the largest democracy in the world demanded that she would only get the extension of her residence permit for India if she gives undertaking that 1. she must leave India ( she has to show her flight ticket that she is leaving) before 17th of February ( the day her residence permit would be expired), 2. she must not go to Kolkata, 3. she must not interact with media and 4. she must not enter India before 31st of May ( by this time the general election in India will be over). Taslima had no other alternative but to leave India silently.

Mayor of Paris invited Taslima to stay in a artist’s residence in Paris for 6 months.

She is currently living in the USA.


4 thoughts on “TASLIMA NASRIN

  1. Are you the original Arifur Rahman? Thanks for this details work. I am a fan of Taslima and I also liked some of your cartoons We want so many things from you. You are a new hope. Go on, we are with you.

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