Q. For many people, the current lockdown is unprecedented, however the isolation could also be acquainted to you?
I needed to as soon as go into hiding in Bangladesh. In 2007-2008, I used to be positioned underneath home arrest for seven-and-a-half months in Kolkata and Delhi. This lockdown is definitely acquainted. The one distinction, maybe, is that then I used to be compelled to isolate, however this time round, I’m keen to.
Q. In your memoir, you recount horrors like warfare, non secular fundamentalism, even molestation. Was it arduous to jot down?
No, it wasn’t. I’ve additionally written about my father and his extra-marital affair. These are all issues that occur to individuals of their lives and I by no means conceal the reality. Come to think about it, each Bangladesh and West Bengal have exiled me due to my honesty.
Q. Twenty-five years of exile, I’m positive, has not been simple to bear, however does it afford you extra freedom as a author?
I imagine that a few of my writing, which had been printed in Bangladesh through the 1980s, was essential. It’s, nevertheless, inconceivable to think about that my earlier vital scrutiny of Islam would see the sunshine of day now, not in Europe, America or India. Exile doesn’t permit me a brand new freedom of expression.
Q. In February, you tweeted that seeing A.R. Rahman’s daughter in a burqa left you “suffocated”. Absolutely each girl ought to be allowed to put on what she needs
Each girl deserves that freedom, however historical past tells us that ladies sporting the burqa have been brainwashed, threatened with the everlasting fireplace of Hell. A.R. Rahman’s daughter isn’t my goal; my goal is the burqa, an indication of oppression. It’s a chastity belt. Ladies mustn’t be made cell prisons.