Every religion oppresses women. I talk about the Koran because I know this book best. It allows for torture and other mistreatment, especially for women. And I despise the Sharia laws. They cannot be changed. They must be thrown out, abolished.

It is impossible to practice parliamentary politics without having patience, decency, politeness and courtesy.

Nature says women are human beings, men have made religions to deny it.

Nature says women are human beings, men cry out no!

I support the rights of all people to practice their religious beliefs privately, but I oppose the idea of respecting religions. In truth, I have no respect for any religion. I believe religion is not compatible with human rights, women's rights, or freedom of expression.

It is unfair to label me anti-Islam. I am an atheist and a secular humanist.

I have had fatwas issued against me, some three in Bangladesh and another five in India. I will not be cowed by these threats and shall fight for my rights.

I believe that if the silent majority were to protest against those who believe in irrational blind faith - who want to go backwards instead of forward, who are for tradition not innovation, who oppose individualism and plurality of thought - then the world would become a truly civilized world in which to live.

I am an atheist. I do not believe in prayers, I believe in work. And my work is that of an author. My pen is my weapon.

I have lectured at the U.N. and travelled widely, giving lectures on human rights and gender inequalities in universities. But this is a life I do not wish to live. I don't want to be a showcase, I want to be in a battlefield where I can stand beside the oppressed and the poor.

I dont agree with those who think that the conflict is simply between two religions, namely Christianity and Islam... To me, the key conflict is between irrational blind faith and rational, logical minds.

When I write, I don't allow the fear of consequences to interfere with the writing process. I have in the past paid for my commitment to the truth and the way I live my life. I am prepared to pay more if I have to.

Religion, society and state - from none of these do women get their proper honor. It is religion, which has created an unparalleled disparity between men and women.

All I ever want is to return to either Bangladesh, my motherland, or India, my adopted home.

In traditional societies, we have a long legacy of men controlling the body and mind of women. Such societies have valorised motherhood and fabricated concepts like chastity. Women have been the victims of these notions for thousands of years.

If Bangladesh succumbs to the rule of one family, it would be a major step backward for the region.

If any religion allows the persecution of the people of different faiths, if any religion keeps women in slavery, if any religion keeps people in ignorance, then I can't accept that religion.

The focus of my research is how secular movements originated in West Asian countries and subsequently changed to pan-Islamic movements. The role of Western countries in this aspect is also a part of the research.

Sheikh Hasina's government is one of the best Bangladesh has ever had.

She is taking action against fundamentalists. But even she refused to let me return. I don't think I can ever return home.

I was born in a middle class Muslim family, in a small town called Myonenningh in a northern part of Bangladesh in 1962. My father is a qualified physician; my mother is a housewife. I have two elder brothers and one younger sister. All of them received a liberal education in schools and colleges.

The nation voted us to power to see unity and communal harmony, not for any division or communality.

Religious fundamentalists in Bangladesh have always argued for a ban on my books.

Southeast Asia is now a region full of hope because of the freedoms America has helped foster.

I want to live in Kolkata; I don't want to live in Europe - I can't write there. I write in Bengali, and I need to be surrounded by the Bengali language and culture.

Governmental defense of any theology necessarily weakens the legitimacy of both the government and the theology.

Factors affecting effective regional cooperation are mindsets and perceptions emanating from the past.

Those religions that are oppressive to women are also against democracy, human rights, and freedom of expression.

The late King's great service for the Muslim world and his noble deeds of charity and assistance for the poor of humanity will be long remembered with reverence.

Religion is against women's rights and women's freedom.

In all societies women are oppressed by all religions.

It is said that peace is the basic tenet of all religion.

Yet it is in the name of religion that there has been so much disturbance, bloodshed and persecution. It is indeed a pity that even at the close of the twentieth century we've had to witness such atrocities because of religion. Flying the flag of religion has always proved the easiest way to crush to nothingness human beings as well as the spirit of humanity.

Religion is now the first obstacle to women's advancement.

Religion pulls human beings backwards, it goes against science and progressiveness. Religion engulfs people with a fear of the supernatural. It bars people from laughing and never allows people to exercise their choice.

Koranic teaching still insists that the sun moves around the earth.

How can we advance when they teach things like that?

I am not scared of anyone. I will write and publish my books.

I have been writing poetry since 1975. My first poetry book was published in 1986.

I studied in a medical college and qualified myself as a medical graduate.

Among all the 'awards' that I have hitherto collected, I consider the title of 'patita' or 'fallen woman' to be the highest. This is an achievement of my long-struggling life as a writer and as a woman.

There is no such thing as a 'superior' or 'inferior' culture, there are only various cultural patterns which make up this beautiful, multicolored mosaic.

I strongly believe that no one can be a true feminist without being an atheist.

All religions are anti-women. No one can be pro-woman while supporting anti-woman dogmas.

I’m an atheist, and I believe religion is totally against human rights and women’s rights.

The fundamentalists are increasing. People, afraid to oppose those fundamentalists, shut their mouths. It is really very difficult to make people move against a sensitive issue like religion, which is the source of fundamentalism.

Women are oppressed in the east, in the west, in the south, in the north.

Women are oppressed inside, outside home, a woman is oppressed in religion, she is oppressed outside religion.

Does any one know the number of illegal arms in the country?

Vote for me and I will ensure that everyone gets enough to eat and a place to stay.

The bombers were enemies of Islam and enemies of the country.

We will do everything and anything needed to stop them.