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Lajja (Shame)

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Lajja In a New Translation is the English version of the brave book penned by Taslima Nasrin, originally written in Bengali.This title made Taslima Nasrin flee her country, Bangladesh, due to alleged death threats, and live in exile. Written as a response to anti-Hindu riots that erupted in Bangladesh as a result of Babri Masjid disaster in India in 1992, the book was banned in her country. However, it sold about fifty thousand copies in the first six months soon after publication. It was dedicated to the people of the Indian subcontinent and firmly asserted that the name for religion must be humanism. Based on the Babri Masjid episode in Ayodhya, the story of Lajja revolves around the Dutta family in Bangladesh, which faces the heat of communal hatred that spreads across borders. Sudhamoy, the head of the family strongly believes that his homeland will never let him down, and his wife Kiranmayee stands by him. Their son, Suranjan, who always believed that nationalism would always be stronger than communalism, will be eventually disappointed. He resorts to communal reactions, which makes his sister Nilanjana curse his indifference. She asks him to take their family to a Muslim friend s house to escape the wrath of communal chaos. The novel depicts how violence and disillusionment take over humanism because of communal riots, and how it affects people at individual level.

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A savage indictment of religious extremism and man's inhumanity to man, Lajja was banned in Bangladesh, but became a bestseller in the rest of the world. The Duttas-Sudhamoy and Kironmoyee, and their children, Suranjan and Maya- have lived in Bangladesh all their lives. Despite being members of a small, vulnerable Hindu community, they refuse to leave their country, unlike most of their friends and relatives. Sudhamoy believes with a naive mix of optimism and idealism that his motherland will not let him down. And then, on 6 December 1992, the Babri Masjid is demolished. The world condemns the incident, but its immediate fallout is felt most acutely in Bangladesh, where Muslim mobs begin to seek out and attack Hindus. The nightmare inevitably arrives at the Duttas' doorstep, and their world begins to fall apart.

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The Duttas - Sudhamoy, Kironmoyee, and their two children, Suranjan and Maya - have lived in Bangladesh all their lives. Despite being part of the country's small Hindu community, that is terrorised at every opportunity by Muslim fundamentalists, they refuse to leave their country, as most of their friends and relatives have done.

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