September 5, 2012
Released by APDR
In recent times in West Bengal, there has been a continuous attack by the State on the right to freely express one’s own opinion. Freedom of expression is our democratic and constitutional right, even if such expressions are in opposition to traditional beliefs or to government’s opinions. The recent illegal police attack on Nazrul Islam’s book is one such example. That in a civilised country, such police attacks can be brought to bear upon a book which has not even been banned, is unimaginable to us.
We are against any attack on the freedom of expression. During the rule of the earlier Left Front government, we have opposed and condemned any such attack. Even now, we are condemning and protesting against all kinds of attacks, including that by the police, on Nazrul Islam’s book. At the same time, we are demanding that the chief minister Mamata Banerjee should remember her pre-election promise of restoring democracy and work towards implementing that.
Dr. Punyabrata Gun
Dipanjan Rai Chaudhuri
On this issue, Sankha Ghosh says – “It is unthinkable that the police can make such an attack on a book which has not been banned. For the good of the State, the government should stop these activities immediately.”