In 1993, the Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen wrote the novel “Lajja” (Shame), which offended many Muslims on the Indian subcontinent. The author had to go into hiding in India because of death threats by Bangladeshi Islamist groups.
Bangladesh’s Islamists, however, were not as powerful in the early 1990s as they are today. Since the start of this year, they have killed three atheist bloggers in the South Asian country: Ananta Bijoy Das in May, Washiqur Rahman in March and Avijit Roy in February. All these young writers were hacked to death on the streets of Dhaka with impunity.