was banned by the Govt. of West Bengal in Nov. 2003 following
Kolkata High Court's temporary stay order on release of the book
& subsequent protest from some people & intellectual of
mainly the minority community on account of containing obscene
& vulgar text on Prophet Hazarat Mahhamad & his wife.
The entire matter
was brought into notice of the District Administration for the
first time by bardhaman.com. The S.P., Burdwan, K. C. Meena
was not aware of the incident and assured us that the district
police will "look into the matter & will take necessary
An owner of a cyber café in Durgapur admitted on enquiry that,
"Many surfers may have downloaded the book & even stored
copies on CDs. We generally don't interfere with the privacy of
our visitors & don't monitor what sort of websites one is
visiting. The issue came into our notice when one of them
approached us to print the downloaded version of Dwikhandita.
We simply declined, but we are afraid that many copies of the same
may be already in the market as it can be easily copied &
stored in CD media." Another owner of a cyber café in
Burdwan said, "As we generally do not monitor our users
activity on the net, we don't know whether anyone has downloaded or
visited the website. But in recent times we got about a couple of
enquiries on the matter."
Our enquiry on the matter reveled that, the news of this availability
of the book is quite a hot scoop among the net users of the
district & many of them have already downloaded the book. A
quite few of them have even distributed the book to their friends
both in print & CD media. An engineering student & a
regular net user said, "What's the harm. If it is available
on the Internet, we have every right to read it. Government should
have taken measures to stop the website been accessed from the
The District Magistrate, Subrata Gupta was quite astonished by the
fact when contacted this morning & commented, "We will
definitely look into the matter & will forward the same to the
state government for further action".
At a telephonic conversation, Sibani Mukhopadhyay, (the publisher
of Dwikhandiata in India) said, "We did not commit any
mistake by publishing the book. Everyone should have `freedom of
speech'. The anti-Islam image of Taslima is not a new phenomenon.
Actually she is against religion. We have sold 3000 copies of the
book & couldn't sell about 2000 copies after the ban was
imposed. We are still carrying the loss. It is quite unfortunate
if the banned book can be downloaded from the Internet. This will
actually add up to more loss for us."
The controversial author had earlier commented on this at an
website, "A friend is
developing the website. Everyone who wishes to read the book, but
has failed to get a copy of it due to
the ban, can visit my site and read the original manuscript."
Taslima now in Kolkata visiting the Kolkata Book Fair &
meeting press justifying her "freedom of speech" has
used technology to make her banned book available to the world.
Her publisher quite busy in calculating "loss due to
availability of the book free on the Internet." The State
Government is busy providing security to the controversial author
and the Taslima fans are busy reading the uncensored version of
the banned books.