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Taslima’s plea to India

New Delhi: Bangladesh writer Taslima Nasrin on Wednesday asked India to reconsider its decision not to renew her residence permit beyond August, saying if she was not allowed to stay India she had “nowhere else to go.”

The writer said she was conveyed in writing by the Home Ministry that her residence permit would not be renewed after her current visa expired. “This is shocking to me. If I can’t stay in India, where else do I go?”

The author recalled that Union Minister Pranab Mukherjee said in November 2007, “throughout history, India has never refused shelter to those who came and sought our protection. This civilisational heritage, which is now a government policy, will continue and India will provide shelter to Ms. Nasrin.”

The writer, who recently came back to India to have her visa renewed, said given Mr. Mukherjee’s “promise,” she expected the Government of India to renew her residence permit.

— PTI

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