23 September, 2020

‘Sunil Is Jealous Of Me, My Popularity’

My painful memories of being sexually exploited by Sunil rushed back when I heard he was criticising the ban on Nazrul Islam’s book.”

Narendra Bisht
‘Sunil Is Jealous Of Me, My Popularity’

After Outlook’s interview with celebrated Bengali author Sunil Gangopadhyay (‘I am surprised and shocked by Taslima’s allegation,’ Sep 17) regarding fellow writer Taslima Nasreen’s explosive charge on Twitter that he sexually harassed her, the firebrand feminist wrote to us expressing her dismay that we, “like the other powerful patriarchal mainstream media”, had her “blacked out”. Subsequently, Dola Mitra spoke to her. Excerpts:

Why did you keep your allegation of a famous Bengali novelist sexually harassing you a secret all these years?

The sheer knowledge of what I was up against. I knew that the mainstream media and the powerful people with whom Sunil was associated, including Bengal’s biggest newspaper barons and the then state government, would not just black me out but also ensure I was harassed in every possible...



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