June 09, 2011

Death of M.F. Hussain

‘Atulya Bharat’ is what we call it in our campaign. India sure is incredible. A land where problems like corruption, female foeticide, child abuse, rape, illiteracy and unemployment can wait but issues like offensive lyrics in Bollywood songs cannot. Members of hard-line organizations and political parties have always been sensationalizing such petty issues for fulfilling their never-ending thirst of popularity and support. These groups instil stereotypical ideas in the brains of their following communities.  This morning, while cursing the boredom and sipping my lukewarm coffee I happened to read the news which stated ‘Indian Picasso died in London’. It came as a shocker to me. What harm had M.F. Hussain done to us? A reputed artist who had been awarded with Padma Bhushan, Padma Shree, Padma Vibhushan and nominated for Rajyasabha by The Government of India was living in exile for long five years, why?
M.F. Hussain was charged for hurting the sentiments of people by painting Hindu Goddesses naked and in allegedly sexual manner. On the other hand, the city of Khajuraho has been identified as a heritage city by the Indian Government. It is an ancient city which contains erotic art sculptures on the outside walls of the temples. In fact, portrayal of Hindu deities has always been artistic in an erotic way. Art knows no boundaries. If the art of Khajuraho can be honoured why can’t be Hussain’s? Paintings like Mother India and Rape of Mother India are the paintings which depict the truth. By doing what they did, they have escaped the reality. It is hypocritical to place curbs on an artist’s freedom. All this in 20th century, what a country! Death of M.F. Hussain in exile, away from home, is a disgrace for our nation. Rip, Hussain. 

Controversial Paintings by M.F. Hussain -
'Durga' By M.F. Hussain

'Saraswati' By M.F. Hussain

'Mother India' By M.F. Hussain

'Rape of Mother India' by M.F. Hussain


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