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New Delhi,:20/6/17: The Indian government on Tuesday extended the visa of self-exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen by another year.

The 55-year-old, who is now also a citizen of Sweden, had received a one-year extension on her visa in 2016 as well. Her Indian visa has been extended continuously since 2004.

“Tasleema Nasreen’s visa has been extended for a year with effect from July 23 following her request,” a Home Ministry official told

Nasreen has been living in India since she left Bangladesh in a cloak of secrecy in 1994 in the wake of threats to her by fundamentalists who objected to “obscene content” in one of her books. She has also stayed in the US and Europe in the last two decades.

Nasreen has also applied for permanent residency in India but no decision has been taken on it by the Home Ministry.

The writer has expressed a desire to live in India, especially in West Bengal, citing the cultural and linguistic similarities and the state’s proximity with Bangladesh. She was forced to leave Kolkata in 2007 following street protests by a section of Muslims.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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