The latest issue of Outlook published an article by Taslima Nasrin on burqa and now a section is up in arms against the editor of weekly magazine and demanding registration of police case against Vinod Mehta.
Scores of memoranda and delegations have reached from Chief Minister and Home Minister up to President. And now State home department is reportedly contemplating to book the Magazine editor for defamation. I strongly support Vinod Mehta’s right as an editor to decide what could be published in his magazie–whether to stir a debate or whatever reason–or what not to publish. If you don’t agree with Taslima, write a million letters of protest, publish articles based on facts to prove that she is wrong and has done it for cheap popularity or whatever. Rather than discussions and debates, the protests on roads and the ridiculous demand for Mehta’s arrest is absolutely nonsensical.
Where are all these people when Mehta defends Indian Muslims on the pages of his magazine and is castigated, termed as pro-Muslim. Journalists who raised the issue of atrocities on Muslims (and all other sections) are not feted or lauded but when it comes to ‘freedom of expression’, an article, not even read by many Muslims whom I spoke to, has brought protestors in Mumbai on streets.