A similar episode occurred in Chennai in 2013 when a talk by the American Islamic scholar Ms Amina Wadud was cancelled under police pressure due to threats of 'hurt sentiment' delivered by a little-known outfit called Indiya Towheed Jamaad in 2013. This kind of political interference in democratic debate is shameful and is no less communal than intimidation by Hindutva groups.
This account of an event in Ramjas College 1988 may interest all those who are facing violent censorship today. From the hounding of Taslima Nasrin to this cancellation of a seminar on Baluchistan and Kashmir, various West Bengal governments have proven themselves to be dangerously pliable to communal pressurisation. This will have very bad repercussions. DS
An event in Kolkata that was planned to discuss atrocities by Pakistan in the Balochistan region and its crimes in Kashmir was cancelled by the proposed venue citing “unavoidable circumstances” to ensure “cordial atmosphere”. The event titled “The saga of Balochistan and Kashmir – what the world needs to know” was to have Pakistan born Canadian commentator Tarek Fatah, retired Major General GD Bakshi, Lieutenant General Syed Ata Hasnain, Baloch activist Brahamdagh Bugti, Kashmiri activist Sushil Pandit and others as participants and speakers.
Tarek Fateh asks why Mamata objects to criticisms of Pakistan
"If it had happened due to someone’s foolishness, it is understandable but if it was deliberately cancelled by Mamata government then it is a dangerous thing as she thinks that Muslims of the state are pro –Pakistani,” said Fatah. Fatah said the email that the organisers had received from the club stated that the event was cancelled as it might lead to communal riots.