Writer and activist Taslima Nasreen has backed Nusrat Jahan for attending Durga Puja and furthermore, the writer has gone on to give a befitting reply to those who called her out for doing so. In a tweet, Nasreen pointed out that Mamata Banerjee was called secular for wearing a burkha while Jahan is being attacked for taking part in rituals that don’t belong to her religion. While drawing a comparison between the two scenarios, she said that the Islamic clerics celebrated when Banerjee prayed to Allah and that they are unhappy when Jahan is now attending ceremonies of a different faith.
When Mamata Banerjee as a non- Muslim wore hijab&prayed to Allah like other Muslims,Muslim clerics were happy&called her acts secular.But when Nushrat Jahan as a non-Hindu danced & prayed in a puja mandap like other Hindus,Muslim clerics were unhappy&called her acts un Islamic!— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) October 7, 2019
Her tweet came after Trinamool MP Nusrat Jahan was targeted by Muslim cleric Mufti Asad Kasmi from the Itehaad Ulema-hind for celebrating the festival of Durga Puja with her in-laws in Kolkata.
Kasmi, while speaking to media, claimed that Nusrat Jahan has performed a forbidden ("haram") act by performing Puja on the occasion of Durga Puja. The Muslim cleric further went on to demand that Nusrat Jahan change her name, targeting her for marrying a non-Muslim man. He claimed that by performing Durga Puja, the Trinamool MP had defamed Islam and Muslims.
On Sunday, Jahan, along with her husband Nikhil Jain, celebrated the festival of Durga Puja at the Suruchi Sangha pandal of Kolkata. As the MP celebrated the festival in full swing, she was also spotted playing and dancing on the beats of the traditional Bengali instrument - a dhaak.