The issue is not whether the writers are atheists or believers, but whether the government protects their right to write
As I write this, writers from around the world are about to arrive in Dhaka to take part in the city’s eponymous literary festival. The organisers have put together an impressive list of 70 authors, including Sir V.S. Naipaul, Paul Theroux, Kiran Nagarkar and Nayantara Sahgal, and the festival attracts large crowds of readers, writers, and academics who gather at the Bangla Academy. The literary culture is strong in Bangladesh and the much older February book fair—Ekushey Boi Mela—symbolises the city’s lively, thriving culture, eager to buy new books.