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Lajja by Taslima Nasrin
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Jul 30, 2011

its a brave attempt to highlight an unreported event, the pesecution of minorities in ebngaldesha nd pakistan. howver the novels a coherent sense of direction, the endless list of rapes.looting etc may be done to create a nauseating seqence of terrible evnts but it only erodes the essence of the text as a novel, a story to be told into at times a rant on religious extermisim. i think that they author is very skilled and perhaps she could have used the characters to tell the story, to bring more depth into. for example maya rape was not covered entirely, perhaps detailing actual fire and torture would have it more poignant. its a good attempt but the author misses the point of mulims who number 200 million and there retialiation is used against them to attack even more ferociously, the gujrat riots in 2002 is a case in point, disproprtioante number of muslims died and were pesecuted, and were convicted as in maumbi 1992/93. i believe the story itself shoudl ahve been explored rather the newspapers events and the rants at fundamentalists.

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