Decision not to renew residence permit "shocking": Taslima

Exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin today asked the Centre to reconsider its decision not to renew her residence permit beyond August this year, saying if she is not allowed to stay India she has "nowhere else to go".

New Delhi: Exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima
Nasrin today asked the Centre to reconsider its decision not
to renew her residence permit beyond August this year, saying
if she is not allowed to stay India she has "nowhere else to
go".

"I urge the government of India to reconsider its
decision not to renew my residence permit beyond August. If I
am not allowed to stay in India, I have nowhere else to go",
Nasrin told PTI on phone.

The writer said she has been conveyed in writing by the
Home Ministry that her residence permit would not be renewed
after the duration of her current visa expires.

"This is shocking to me. If I can`t stay in India, where
else do I go?" she said.

The author recalled that union minister Pranab
Mukherjee had in November 2007 told the Lok Sabha that
"throughout history, India has never refused shelter to those
who have come and sought our protection. This
civilizational heritage, which is now government policy, will
continue, and India will provide shelter to Ms. Nasreen".
The Bangladeshi author, who recently came back to India
to have her visa renewed, said given the "promise" made by
Mukherjee, she expects the Indian government to renew her
residence permit.

Mukherjee had also said that "those who have been granted
shelter here have always undertaken to eschew political
activities in India or any actions which may harm India`s
relations with friendly countries. It is also expected that
the guests will refrain from activities and expressions that
may hurt the sentiments of our people".

Nasrin, who has through her writings always championed
the cause of women`s rights and fought against religious
obsurantism, said she always considered India as her "adopted
home" and would like to stay in the country to continue to
work.

She said she expected her residence permit to be renewed
in keeping with India`s tradition of giving shelter to those
who want to live here.

-PTI