Taslima has been virtually kicked out. Bengalis do not seem to mind. Any criticism of muslim fanatics who caused this ouster is always balanced with how-MF-Hussein-has-been-treated or how ungrateful-taslima-is. Not being able to condemn the ouster unconditionally seems like cowardice to me. Afraid of what? May be physical violence? May be afraid of being called communal? Shame!! We bengalees have bent down before muslim rioteers. I am so disturbed by these chain of events that I am finding it difficult to concentrate on my day to day work.
Shedding my narrow bengali perspective and donning the indian hat, as an Indian I feel a little less coward though. At least the indian government extended Taslima's visa, although the step proved more symbolical. However, Indian government does not understand/believe/appreciate freedom of expression. India is not a land of free-expression, at least not yet.