Monday, May 23, 2011

Taslima Nasreen advises Sachin not to pray for Sai Baba

Bharati Dubey, TNNApr 24, 2011, 09.05pm IST
MUMBAI: Taslima Nasreen, the controversial writer of Bangladeshi origin, has advised the cricketing world's god, Sachin Tendulkar, not to pray for Sathya Sai Baba, who passed away on Sunday morning. Sunday, April 24, was Tendulkar's birthday, but the cricketer, who is an ardent devotee of Sai Baba, had said on Saturday that he was cancelling his birthday celebrations and praying for Baba.
Nasreen, who is known more for the controversies chasing her than her literary skills, has been retweeting comments poking fun at Sai Baba. She retweeted a comment: "why shud somebody be sad abt his death. he was 86, shud b allowed to die. i was so dissappointd with sachin praying. crazy!"Earlier in the day, Nasreen tweeted a cheeky remark: "Satya Saibaba died. He said he would die in 2022. But he died too early."
"Hope no one will try to conceal small pellets of ashes at the base of their fingers. Then use their fists to powder the pellets and produce the flow of ash," went her next tweet.
Many of the retweets were attacks on Sai Baba, calling him a cheat and trick master. There were some that poked fun at godmen in general. Some of the comments Taslima retweeted were:
"Rasogollas and pumkins did not come from the fists."
"There is another baba in the making. the kid is just 5 to 6 years old his training will take some time."
"One godman gone but a thousands others will surface what a pity the bhakti business is quite lucrative."
One tweet reacted to her comment and took a potshot at her, saying good players are not necessarily "free thinkers".
Nasreen became famous when she started getting death threats from Islamic fundamentalists in her homeland, Bangladesh, when she criticized Islam in her books. She fled Bangladesh in 1994 and has since lived in many countries.

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