Writers, film fraternity slam Bengal govt over Rushdie
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He added, "It is the state's responsibility to see there is no law and order problem. The onus lies on the government that once a book or a film is legally okayed, they should not accept any nonsense. If that is not happening then we can say the government is not capable enough."
Exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasrin, who was bundled out of Kolkata in 2007 following protests against renewal of her visa, said people had been silent then and "it has now become a trend in Kolkata to protest against writers".
"The real reason is the hypocrisy of intellectuals of Kolkata who were silent when I was thrown out of the city. Now these maulvis have been strengthened and encouraged to do anything at their will," Nasrin said.
Rushdie has alleged that he was forced to cancel his trip to Kolkata after being threatened that he would be sent back on the first flight on the orders of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.