leter to the editor-in-chief of The Hindu

March 3, 2010 at 4:28 pm 85 comments

I have taken time to write this to you Ram-for the simple reason that we have known you for so many years- you and The Hindu bring back happy memories Please take what I am putting down as those that come from an agonized soul. You know that I do not mince words and what I have to say I will-I call a spade a spade-now it is too late for me to learn the tricks of being called a ‘secularist’ if that means a bias for, one, and a bias against, another.
Hussain is now a citizen of Qatar-this has generated enough of heat and less of light. Qatar you know better than me is not a country which respects democracy or freedom of expression. Hussain says he has complete freedom-I challenge him to paint a picture of Mohammed fully clad.
There is no second opinion that artists have the Right of Freedom of expression. Is such a right restricted only to Hussain? Will that right not flow to Dan Brown-why was his film-Da Vinci Code not screened? Why was Satanic Verses banned-does Salman Rushdie not have that freedom of expression? Similarly why is Taslima hunted and hounded and why fatwas have been issued on both these writers? Why has Qatar not offered citizenship to Taslima? In the present rioting in Shimoga in Karnataka against the article Taslima wrote against the tradition of burqua which appeared in the Out Look in Jan 2007.No body protested then either in Delhi or in any other part of the country; now when it reappears in a Karnataka paper there is rioting. Is there a political agenda to create a problem in Karnataka by the intolerant goons? Why has the media not condemned this insensitivity and intolerance of the Muslims against Taslima’s views? When it comes to the Sangh Parivar it is quick to call them goons and intolerant etc. Now who are the goons and where is this tolerance and sensitivity?
Regarding Hussain’s artistic freedom it seems to run unfettered in an expression of sexual perversion only when he envisages the Hindu Gods and Goddesses. There is no quarrel had he painted a nude woman sitting on the tail of a monkey. The point is he captioned it as Sita. Nobody would have protested against the sexual perversion and his orientatation to sexual signs and symbols. But would he dare to caption it as ‘Fatima enjoying in Jannat with animals’?
Next example-is the painting of Saraswati copulating with a lion. Here again his perversion is evident and so is his intent. Even that lets concede cannot be faulted-each one’s sexual orientation is each one’s business I suppose. But he captioned it as Saraswati. This is the problem. It is Hussain’s business to enjoy in painting his sexual perversion. But why use Saraswati and Sita for his perverted expressions? Use Fatima and watch the consequence. Let the media people come to his rescue then. Now that he is in a country that gives him complete freedom let him go ahead and paint Fatima copulating with a lion or any other animal of his choice. And then turn around and prove to India-the Freedom of expression he enjoys in Qatar.
Talking about Freedom of Expression-this is the Hussain who supported Emergence-painted Indira Gandhi as Durga slaying Jayaprakas Narayan. He supported the jailing of artists and writers. Where did this Freedom of Expression go? And you call him secularist? Would you support the jailing of artists and writers Ram –would you support the abeyance of the Constitution and all that we held sacred in democracy and the excessiveness of Indira Gandhi to gag the media-writers-political opponents? Tell me honesty why does Hussain expect this Freedom when he himself did not support others with the same freedom he wants? And the media has rushed to his rescue. Had it been a Ram who painted such obnoxious, .degrading painting-the reactions of the media and the elite ‘secularists’ would have been different; because there is a different perception/and index of secularism when it comes to Ram-and a different perception/and index of secularism when it comes to Rahim/Hussain.
It brings back to my mind an episode that happened to The Hindu some years ago. You had a separate weekly page for children with cartoons, quizzes, and with poems and articles of school children. In one such weekly page The Hindu printed a venerable bearded man-fully robed with head dress, mouthing some passages of the Koran-trying to teach children .It was done not only in good faith but as a part of inculcating values to children from the Koran. All hell broke loose. Your office witnessed goons who rushed in-demanded an apology-held out threats. In Ambur,Vaniambadi and Vellore the papers stands were burned-the copies of The Hindu were consigned to the fire. A threat to raise the issue in Parliament through a Private Members Bill was held out-Hectic activities went on-I am not sure of the nature and the machinations behind the scene. But The Hindu next day brought out a public apology in its front page. Where were you Ram? How secular and tolerant were the Muslims?
Well this is of the past-today it is worse because the communal temperature in this country is at a all high-even a small friction can ignite and demolition the country’s peace and harmony. It is against this background that one should view Hussain who is bent on abusing and insulting the Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Respect for religious sentiments, need to maintain peace and harmony should also be part of the agenda of an artist-if he is great. If it is absent then he cannot say that he respects India and express his longing for India.
Let’s face it-he is a fugitive of law. Age and religion are immaterial. What does the media want-that he be absolved by the courts? Even for that he has to appear in the courts-he cannot run away-After all this is the country where he lived and gave expression to his pervert sadist, erotic artistic mind under Freedom of Expression. I simply cannot jump into the bandwagon of the elite ‘secularist’ and uphold what he had done. With his brush he had committed jihad-bloodletting.
The issue is just not nudity-Yes the temples-the frescos in Konarak and Kajhuraho have nude figures-But does it say that they are Sita, Sarswati or any goddesses? We have the Yoni and the Phallus as sacred signs of Life-of Siva and Shakthi-take these icons to the streets, paint them -give it a caption it become vulgar. Times have changed. Even granted that our ancients sculptured and painted naked forms and figures, with a pervert mind to demean religion is no license to repeat that in today’s changed political and social scenario and is not a sign of secularism and tolerance. I repeat there is no quarrel with nudity-painters have time and again found in it the perfection of God’s hand craft.
Let me wish Hussain peace in Qatar-the totalitarian regime with zero tolerance May be he will convince the regime there to permit freedom of expression in word, writing and painting. For this he could start experimenting painting forms and figure of Mohamed the Prophet-and his family And may I fervently wish that the media-especially The Hindu does not discriminate goons-let it not substitute tolerance for intolerance when it comes to Rahim and Antony and another index for Ram.
I hope you will read this in the same spirit that I have written. All the best to you Ram.
Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,
Vadodara

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letter to Editor-in-chief of the New Indian Express Cry my sisters-it is our stories-Not Her’s

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  • 1. Rummuser  |  March 5, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    This is a wonderful piece of writing as is your open letter to the Indian Express just before this. I intend linking this to a post that I shall post on the 8th inst. in my personal blog http://www.rummuser.com

    I find your blog fascinating and being from Chennai and understanding the experience of being away from Chennai, I think that we are kindred souls! I intend visiting frequently and commenting.

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    • 2. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 9, 2010 at 2:55 pm

      thank you-yes it does see that we are kindred souls and thats a nice sentiment.All the best to you.HR

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      • 3. rakesh  |  March 18, 2010 at 3:03 pm

        Hildaji
        Since u hv mentioned somewhere three scores and half a score; i can very well say “HILDA MATA KI JAI”
        Even if we gv a damn to yr view point I must admit your objectivity about the issue in hand is of a scientist. U hv never lost your cool despite feeling so agitated.
        Yes India has welcomed everybody with complete acceptance. Boman is still Irani and nobody asks him to become Hindustani. When one Tamil girl married a shrilankan cricketer and said now onwards she will cheer for s/lanka, the whole of India cheered with her. The foundation of golden temple was laid bya muslim. And there is a thought in India which says that jesus came to India after surviving the cross and lived for a few scores. Nobody asks them to shut up.
        pl permit me to narrate a story: One of my friends almost illiterate mother was visiting her grand daughter’s school. There she noticed a statue of mother marry. She folded her hands and started a cycle of worship. When her son noticed her doing this, he reprimanded her for her ignorance by saying “What r u doing this is a christian goddess” and left.
        That old lady in exhasperation turned to me and said “A devi (Goddess) is a devi, what if a christian or a hindu”
        Frankly I had never heard a more apt definition of “sarva dharm sambhav”

  • 4. Jay  |  March 5, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Dear Mrs. Raja

    Your response to the “Secular Ram” was fantastic. N.Ram would do well to “sit down, take a deep breath and understand secularism” dispassionately, for he is the editor of a respected daily.

    In our beloved country, “Secularism = Appeasement of Muslims at the expense of Hindus”.

    If Hussain really loved India as he proclaims, why, at the age of 95, is he creating this drama. Can I remind him that his age is ripe enough for him to be contemplating on God alone and think about all the good deeds that others have showered on him. I am glad that we are truly a democracy. When the state fails to act, someone else does.

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    • 5. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm

      Thank you for the appreciation.But he has a perverted mind and that is displayed through his paintings of the Hindu gods and goddesses.Nobody has a problem with nudity but his has intentional protrayed Durga,Sarswati and Sita not only in the nude but copulating with animals.No sane person would accept this.And we have a whole set of secularists calling that Freedom of Expression.What is their sisters and mothersare depicted likewise….It is painful.All the best to you.HR

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  • 6. Dilip  |  March 6, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Dear Ms Hilda,
    Great piece of writing.
    I am sure Mr Ram will sit up and take notice

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    • 7. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 9, 2010 at 3:01 pm

      thank you Dilip.Stand for truth and stand with your head high-we need courage to call a spade a spade.HR

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  • 8. Suneetha  |  March 7, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Hi

    I loved this, and here is what another blogger has written on the issue, I guess we all share the same thoughts.

    http://chapter18.wordpress.com/2010/02/27/an-open-letter-to-m-f-husain/#comment-40

    regards

    suneetha

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    • 9. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm

      Yes I suppose many share the same views.I am happy that you posted your comment-it makes me feel stronger!Carry the flag high with great conviction Suneetha.HR

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  • 10. R. Sivasankaran  |  March 7, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Dear Mrs. Hilda Raja

    Wonderful letter to Ram and Indian Express. All my friends to whom your letter was circulated enjoyed every bit of it- because it is 100% truth.

    However everyone has asked me a question. Whether The Hindu and The Indian Express published your Letter. If so would be grateful if you could advise the date of publication in these Papers please.

    Many thanks & Kind Regards
    R. Sivasankaran, London

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    • 11. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 9, 2010 at 5:26 pm

      I am not aware if they published my letters.But I knew for sure that they will not-yet I wrote-it is necessary to play our role.It is for them to play theirs.Let the ball be in their court.But my letters have been widely circulated-it has even reached the Consul of Qatar in N.Delhi!Thank you for your comments-all the best.HR

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  • 12. thammayya  |  March 8, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Very well written. Mr. Ram does not have an answer for your questions, definitely. But, right message is given to him on the feelings of the people. I appreciate your response. This article represents the opinion of crores of indians. Thank you for writing.

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  • 13. Kislay  |  March 8, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Was blown away .

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    • 14. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 9, 2010 at 5:29 pm

      The wind blows in mnay directions and naturally what is stated it can blow away…no harm.Well taken.-don’t drift along the wind-strive against it-thats my sincere wish to you.HR

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  • 15. Suresh Nakhua  |  March 8, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Grt writing mam.

    Pls send a copy of the same to sickular burkh dutt and sagarika ghose

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    • 16. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 9, 2010 at 5:31 pm

      Dear Suresh-somebody has already sent the letters to Burkha Dutt and Rajdeep Sardesia-husband of Sagarika Ghose.Thank you for your appreciation.HR

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  • 17. Varun  |  March 8, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Ausum one !!!
    _/\_

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  • 18. Rahul  |  March 9, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Amazing piece. Thanks a lot for sharing. If I would have written on this issue, I too would have tried something similar. I agree with the author…

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    • 19. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 9, 2010 at 5:33 pm

      Dear Rahul,It is encouraging to know that I have company in my thoughts!All the best to you and thanks for the appreciation.HR

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  • 20. Mani Kiran  |  March 9, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Mrs. Raja,
    I appreciate your candor.Thats a great insight into secularism.

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  • 21. prateek  |  March 9, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Dear Madam
    I agree with your views about secularism and with the fact that Mr. Hussain has indeed shown disrespect for Hindu religion. But in your article you have directly or indirectly accused muslims in retaliation. (“How secular and tolerant were the Muslims?”). I think media has equally condemned the taslima issue, may not be that vigorously.
    And I think whole debate is going around the freedom of expression of an artist but as a human the artist should show respect towards the feeling of other beings.

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    • 22. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 9, 2010 at 5:40 pm

      I agree but then it is also necessary that you should do to others what you expect others to do to you.Cannot have two standards.Tell me if the Islamic countries are tolerant?Why even Husain depicted Indira Gandhi as Durga during the emergency fully clad but when it comes to denigrate and demean he uses his so called modern art of sex acts and nakedness.Will christians tolerate the Virgin Mary to be so painted.When Husain painted Hilter he depcited him naked and stated that he did so because he hated HitlerHe painted Mohamed’s daughter fully robed-why this special perversion towards the Hindu gods and goddesses.So we cannot discuss this in isolation it needs a background of tolerance and sensitivity-do they have it?Thank you for yourcomments-all the best.HR

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  • 23. Tamlyn  |  March 9, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Much of what you have written here seems to make some sense. But whats with the constant questions of ‘let him paint Fatima’ or ‘let him paint the prophet.’?..or is a perverse bu all too obvious motive showing here??

    His choice of country is frankly immaterial. Not being a democracy, Qatar is one of the few places left where some would be more equal than others. It might be annoying; but it will work nicely for Hussain.

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    • 24. rakesh  |  March 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm

      frankly U try to paint Fatima with a bit of inspiration from yr Mr. hussain, more frankly if u think qtr a gud place then…
      FRANKLY so far mr. H was humiliating my gods; now he is humiliating my mother land. I thank QTR. Gud riddance.

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  • 25. Purnendu Mukerjee  |  March 9, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Wonderful letter to Ram and Indian Express. All my friends to whom your letter was circulated enjoyed every bit of it- because it is 100% truth.
    I suggest a copy should be sent to CNN IBN (Ms. Sagarika) and all the TV and other Media people who making so much of hue and cry about this case. No body will miss M F Hussain in India. If he is happy in Qatar, let him be there.

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  • 26. Shankar  |  March 9, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Dear M’m,
    I was so happy to read your letter to the editor in chief of The Hindu ,Mr.Ram -Sure it would not have been published in the newspaper.
    Here is one sane voice from the so called “minority” boldly espousing the cause of Hindus in unequivocal terms. If only the other “minority” community also had such people , (defying their age old hatred for the land that has given them roti.kapada and makan and other frills as free advertisements to their causes by the pseudo secular media and the politicians) who could openly admonish MFH and the media with double standards, a semblence of balance could have been attained.
    you have hit the nail on the head with your incisive points in an objective and non judgemental manner and hats off to you madam.
    I regularly read your letters to the editor in The Hindu
    (the name of the paper itself is a misnomer- Ram should change its name to ” The Pseudo Secular”) and have often found them to be very impressive.
    In this instance I have also posted my blog -much before seeing your blog- in “www.shankar50.blogspot.com” – and feel that we both have expressed similar sentiments.
    Congrats for your guts and equanimity. May your tribe flourish.
    Shankar

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    • 27. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 9, 2010 at 5:50 pm

      That was great Shankar and happy to know that you had written in your blog the same views.Yes The Hindu is a misnomer-many have told that to Ram.I know quite a number iof Hindus have stopped subscribing to that daily and are informing others to do the same-That is one way of expressing their ire.I am sincerely happy for all that praise because standing for theTruth is often hurting and often leaves one isolated-especially one with my background…..All the best to you Shankar-carry on your activism through the email mail and when possible through other means.Young people must come out and take a stand-be united in their goal.All the best to you.HR

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  • 28. Krishna Murthy R  |  March 9, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Thanks for posting constructive critics with facts. Its an excellent work. Our way to protest with facts. Every one of us must couragiously stand up and unfold the real colors of pseudo secularists.

    Our country and our culture doesn’t reject anything. Even if it is a rotten fruit like Hussain, we will use it as manure. But we don’t offer rotten fruits to god and eat them as prasada (It is not worth of keeping inside the house).

    Regards,
    Krishna Murthy R

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    • 29. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 9, 2010 at 5:51 pm

      Well said-thank you for your comments and appreciation.All the best to you.HR

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  • 30. greshma  |  March 9, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    this letter should be sent to Baraka Dutth of NDTV and she should answer ssome of rhe questions..
    REALLY very well written about facts…

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    • 31. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 9, 2010 at 5:53 pm

      Some one had already sent it-but will she answer-for she has no answer.We must realise the motive of the NDTV and other two channels-they are doing the job for which they are being paid!Thank you for your comment.Wish you all the best.HR

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  • 32. uselessme  |  March 9, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    I consider myself a liberal when it comes to religion. Your article has set me thinking.

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    • 33. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 9, 2010 at 6:01 pm

      The very fact it made you thinking shows that you were very responsive to my article.We need thinking people-All the best.HR

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  • 34. R.Sivasankaran  |  March 9, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Many thanks.

    We are all very proud of you. You remind me of the great Tamil Poet ” Nakeerar” who stood his ground knowing fully well the person with whom he was arguing is no less than Lord Shiva.

    India had /have /and will have many more eminent persons like you and that is why our Nation is GREAT.

    JAI HO.

    Kind Regards
    R. Sivasankaran

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    • 35. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm

      Strange that you should compare me to Nakeerar-that was the advice I gave to the Staff members on my retirement from the Stella Maris College-to stand up like Nakeerar-who stated to Shiva Even though you opened your third eye-truth is truth he proclaimed.And in Tamil it sounded majestic and wonderful.So you comparing me to him struck a cord-I am immensely thankful to you for showering me with this praise.regards to you.HR

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  • 36. Vivek  |  March 10, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Wonderful article. It gives an expression to all thoughts I have been thinking but not voiced. I am no rabid rabble rouser or right winger but it is high time all sensible people start calling a spade a spade.

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  • 37. Kruttik Aggarwal  |  March 10, 2010 at 5:15 am

    I hope being a public writer of some acclaimed sort, you would entertain arguments more than agreements. Most of your readers seems to get some sort S&M pleasure in nodding with you. Let me state my concern.

    I completely disagree with you in the capacity that your venom is wastefully misdirected. Your silent endorsement in denying any credibility to MF Hussain’s argument for his right to freedom and security in his native land, embarrasses me.

    Its not incumbent upon me to defend the moral intention of MF Hussain’s paintings in order for me to defend his right to paint it. Its as simple as that. The popularity and skill of MF Hussain cannot be determined conclusively or collectively either by me or by you. How ever we can have our own reservation on it and I am more than happy to share it in another forum. The natural course of artistic critique will conclude whether MF Hussain has any credible skill or not. It’s perfectly arrogant to force a public opinion on an issue by drawing critical attention to his art when the issue is never about his moral correctness or perversions. As a matter of fact his opinions of Indira Gandhi and emergency is pretty secondary to me. I will repeat, I dont have to defend what he says or thinks in order for me to defends his right to say it.

    I also find it insulting when unconstitutional actions by the fundamentalist are legitimized on the basis of tooth-for-tooth-and-eye-for-eye philosophy. It seems you are perfectly fine to publicly threaten MF Hussain, since we lacked the same conviction in defending Taslima, Salman Rushdie etc.

    I can not be brought to believe that since the muslims abused and threatened writers, we are morally equal to do it.

    If we are to draw parallels with Iran and Bangladesh on issues of freedom of speech, we have definitely set ourselves some very low standards.

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    • 38. Thiyagu  |  March 10, 2010 at 8:15 am

      What is your point, Kruttik Aggarwal ? Are you saying that Mrs.Hilda Raja is too mortal to criticize MF.Hussain ? Or are you saying that none can protest the hue & cry N.Ram is making about MFH choosing to take Qatar citizenship ?

      The point made in the blog above is that MFH is not one who practice art for the sake of art – there is something beyond it. For example, if one make a film artistically, it might get nominated for Oscar. A filthy film draws only low class attention.

      MFH’s painting that are in question are of the latter category. So it has got brickbats than bouquets. Celebrities have the responsibility to do be extra careful in whatever they do or say, as the masses tend to believe them prima facie. I too have liked many of his paintings but it doesn’t mean that I have to keep quite when he does blasphemy. N.Ram will be condemned for his complicity, if he abuses his press freedom to project that MFH’s is a victim of hindu religious fanaticism.

      I support Mrs.Hilda Raja fully well.

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      • 39. Kruttik Aggarwal  |  March 10, 2010 at 4:11 pm

        Blasphemy!!! There we go. So now you want laws to be made against blasphemy. Not only are we to endure the insanity of religion but we cannot even condemn it because that would be blasphemy. Do you even understand the implications of what you say.

        Now whether MF Hussain’s paintings are moral or immoral is a very personal opinion. The only way this could be judged in a collective manner would be to refer to the indian constitution and find if such paintings hold any legal action. Chief justice KG Balakrishnan(pardon me if I get his name incorrectly here) has already ruled against it. Please read about it.

        It’s one thing to have an opinion on an art form but it’s another to do some sort of authoritative critique of it especially when you don’t have any credible understanding of it.

        And, no, I never said that you don’t have right to protest against N Ram. Please go ahead and do it. I am no supporter of N Ram or anyone for that matter. But don’t criticize for the sake of criticism. It’s very precious to be wasted on issues you hardly care or know about.

    • 40. Sita  |  March 10, 2010 at 8:17 am

      Every freedom has a limit.Freedom has a value only when its limits are known.The Jihadis are also using their freedom of expression by using their guns.Freedom of expression does not mean freedom to hurt. Our tricolour is burnt constantly in Jammu and kashmir,would that come under the purview of freedom of Expression? Where we fault MFHussain and complain about him is that he has broken the Golden rule of Humanity that says “Do unto your Neighbour as you would have him do unto you”.M.F. Hussain has used sumbolism and potrayed depravity against women in a worst kind of way.His paintings are offensive even if they were of some Jaleela,Janaki,or Jane. leave alone Hindu Divinities and Mother figures.MF Hussain has used his pen to demoralise and Humiliate our culture and our Women.It is his way of waging Jihad and getting into his Jannat and his shares of Houris when his time comes.[btw,I am not talking about simple natural nudity;Husain has used nudity,sexual symbology and bestiality to potray only Hindu Goddesses.
      You also seem to forget that people were braying for the Head/blood of Salman Rushdie with Fatwas that could be executed by anyone,whereas we Hindus have only gone to the courts to ensure justice and honour for our History and Culture.We are happy with any sincere word of Apology ,which he has not given yet]. ; He cannot use” Freedom of expression” loophole for getting out of the hot water he chose to fall in.

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      • 41. Kruttik Aggarwal  |  March 10, 2010 at 7:02 pm

        Just like Mr. Thiyagu, you don’t seem to understand what you writing implicates. By comparing the medieval barbarism in islamic fundamentalism to MF Hussain’s painting is pretty foolish. If you can’t understand the difference between violence, torture, hate speech, and freedom of expression then this national issue is a matter of leisure for you, in which case I would excuse myself in arguing with you. However, I will give you a benefit of doubt.

        I could not comprehend why you brought up the golden rule of humanity. Are you trying to say that MF Hussain has protested against Prophet’s paintings while he engages in portraying Hindu Goddesses? Well either you have a source of information that is absent to us or you have the wisdom to read MF Hussain’s mind. Either ways, I don’t think that it fits within the scope of this discussion.

        ‘M.F. Hussain has used sumbolism and potrayed depravity against women in a worst kind of way…’. If you have cared to look at the painting, would you mind giving some examples of the ones you think are depraved and against women? Going by your standards a lots of hindu temples and hindu literature must be authored by evils.

        ‘It is his way of waging Jihad and getting into his Jannat and his shares of Houris when his time comes’…What are you saying!! Have you just lost it. MF Hussain’s paintings are instruments of Jihad? Do I even need to tell you how absurd and obscure you sound?

        I have never condemned who undertook the constitutional provisions to debate the issue, but under what moral conscience will you defend the Sena and Bajrang dal for their threats to MF Hussain’s life and property.

        There is absolutely no reason for MF Hussain to apologize for anything.

    • 42. rakesh  |  March 18, 2010 at 2:39 pm

      Mr. agarwal, Yes we want a debate. u claim to be an aclaimmed writer. u must be a painter too (all H fans are), that too of some repute.
      Yes debate we must but for that u (as a representative of yr tribe) hv to prove yrself worthy of that. and for that just do a simple thing. Just paint Fatima or … with a little inspiration from yr mr. H.
      then we will debate…but how can we? u shall not be around after doing yr duty. What? not intersted in becomeing a sucularist …

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      • 43. Kruttik Aggarwal  |  March 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm

        None of what you said have I claimed in any manner. Neither do I have a tribe. Nor am I a painter. Yes I am an artist and I believe that everyone is. There must be something you are artistic at, and if not then I pity you. If you are then you would understand that art is not a deliberation. So for me to prove my artistry by drawing Fatima would be a pretty lame evidence..

        Well you can wish death of your fellow citizens for they disagree with you. Dissent is not your forte. Debates require courage and education, it requires a capacity to hear others, argue others and expect the same in return. Dissolution of any of the above mentioned reduces debates to fruitless arguments and sarcastic demeanor. While that does qualify as a form of expression, I personnel do not cherish them.

        If you have something sensible to say on a very important topic, then please write. All else is mere reflection of your ineptitude.

      • 44. rakesh  |  March 18, 2010 at 3:52 pm

        My dear aggarwal
        At least u agreed that painting Fatima can kill u. I urge u not to paint because i cant lose a friend like u who responds with such sincerity.
        But yes we must debate. There is freedom which is virtue but should i become reckless and say its my freedom
        i read a story when i was in school a man was turning his walking stick recklessly on road and when one fellow road user asked his not to do this, he recited the freedom gospel. the man said calmly “yr freedom ends where my nose begins”
        Now if mr. H is not only turning his stick; he is ramming in my nose. Now what i do?
        regards

  • 45. Alphonse  |  March 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    I am glad we do not have many people in India, like Kruttik Aggarwal. I will be sorry for India if it is that situation.

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    • 46. Kruttik Aggarwal  |  March 10, 2010 at 10:58 pm

      That’s kiddish. Are you going to cry because someone disagrees with you. If you have something constructive to say you might be better off voicing it than playing junior school tantrums.

      I don’t want to sacrifice the seriousness of the issue for the sake of being polite and I was hoping that the readers have enough literary wisdom to understand that.

      The freedom of expression guarantees all of us equal rights. So as long as you voice it within the constitution, you will always find people like me appreciating it, no matter how seriously I disagree with you. The corollary to this is that if you try to strip this freedom from any individual no matter how much I disagree with it I will provide my unaltered support to it.

      Not that our constitution is perfect, ofcourse it’s not. We can definitely do better but to deny the constitution is to deny any framework of civic existence.

      I really honor and respect Mrs Hilda Raja for she sincerely disagrees with me but what sort of respect will I have for some like you who doesn’t cherish disagreements.

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      • 47. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 11, 2010 at 8:24 am

        We need Kruttik Aggarwals and Govinds and Alphones-disagreement and debate is the basis to bring about clarity.But in the case of Hussain I beg to differ in one dimension-we will agree to disagree.I hold no brief for the Fundamentalist-by the way who is a Fundamenist and a secularist?All the so call secular political parties are out and out communal-be it on caste-religion/region.Today as I understand to bash hindus and hinduism and their icons one becomes a secularist.I belong to the Catholic church-will it tolerate the depiction of the Virgin Mary?The ordinary beings like us are no great modern art appreciators-so too the common people-if their cherished icons are depicted to hurst their religious sentiments would you call it tolerance.If a hindu painted the same paintings as Hussain his painting will be vandalised and he will be threatened.Remember when feels are aroused there will be no logic.Look at the behaviour of the Rajya Sabha MPs?Even at that level expresssiion of one’s dissent becomes violent.All over the world it is so.Rule of the law automatically vanishes-for that matter Hussain has a number of cases against him-he should have been fearless and faced the courts.He has also IT problems.All this is not to justify vandalism but to understand human behaviour.Sita,Durga,Mahalakshmi,Devi, Sarswati are the names of some of my former students at the PG level-in them I see the goddesses-and everything I hold sacred-Do you expect me to be very rational and calm and have an academic discussion when they are depicted nude and copulating with animals.That is too much Kruttik-modern art or no modern art.Womanhood must be respected.Your blood will boil if one of your loved ones was thus depicted.That does not make you a Fundamentalist It makes you a sensitive human with your blood ties STRONG.So Hussain I cannot forgive.He vandalised the imagies of those who are sacred and close to my heart-he brutalised their bodies with his brush.An action calls for a reaction and not an academic discussion.But please be free to disagree-we are all bound by our learning-experience and by each one’s vision reality.My perception will be different from yours-Go ahead and look deeper into the universe and continue learning.All the best to you.
        Hilda Raja

    • 48. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 11, 2010 at 11:50 am

      Dear Alphonse-that was a one sentence which capsuled a whole lot …thank you for your comments and for visiting my blog.
      Hilda Raja

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  • 49. Govind  |  March 11, 2010 at 2:34 am

    @ Alphonse: Speaking for myself, I am glad that we have people in India like you. 😉 Hope to read more extensive comments from you in the future.

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  • 50. Sita  |  March 11, 2010 at 7:41 am

    to Mr.K.Aggarwal,You said ” If you have cared to look at the painting, would you mind giving some examples of the ones you think are depraved and against women? Going by your standards a lots of hindu temples and hindu literature must be authored by evils”.
    Tell me which sculpture in which Temple Shoews Sita in an Amorous embrace of hanuman or Ravana.?Which Sculpture Shows Durga indulging in sex with a Lion.? What you have written only reveals that you have not seen the paintings that have caused so much anguish.Please do your Homework before commenting on my views. you are defending the indefensible.Would you like your Mother or Sister portrayed in such a way? I would not like to see my self in such a depiction.It IS downright insulting as a Human being,leave alone as a Woman; or even a Hindu at that. Not even the Cartoons ,especially the recent swedish one on Mohammad is as degrading as Hussains depictions of Women,especially my fellow women.I would be as angry if he had done the same on any other woman.That He dared not to portray his Daughter in such a pose is itself revealing of his mentality.I have seen his portraits of his daughter ,too,as also of his mother and his prophets daughter,which brings out his thinking on women in General and Hindu women in Particular.
    I am surprised you see many people agreeing to what Mrs.Raja Says on this Subject.Haven’t you read any papers in recent times on this controversy ?Can you tell how many papers had an editorial that was refreshingly [for us] diofferent from what was written in most mainstream papers. I came across only one ,that too only on the ‘net,at sify .com {http://sify.com/news/Grow-up-M-F-Husain-news–kdfp6fgaaig.html}. They have not published hardly five letters dissenting their views.I have done my Homework and seen most papers[that are accessible to me].Is that very democratic or even Fair? You talk of applying &th century rules.Open your eyes to find who is really doing that.You are denying us our right to fight an attack on us.All attacks does not necessarily mean AK-47s and bombs.A paint-brush is as much a weapon as a pen ,and sometimes Vandalism is the only option left.So I am really grateful to the Heroes who have put behind their Future and Their Good Name for getting defamed as “Hooligans” for doing what I would have wanted to do myself, and I really don’t care if you think that is Hooliganism.Next,I am sure you would say that Women should keep quite and think it an honour if they are the targets of unwanted and obscene attention,saying that is actually a way of complimenting us.

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    • 51. Govind  |  March 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm

      Not even the Cartoons ,especially the recent swedish one on Mohammad is as degrading as Hussains depictions of Women,especially my fellow women.

      There is one fundamental distinction between those cartoons and M.F.’s work. The former were avowedly political in nature, created expressly to highlight the violent nature of Muhammad’s actions as well as the religion he fostered. The other intention, I believe, was to deliberately provoke a reaction from faithful Muslims to show fellow Danes and Europeans that the freedom of political expression that they had taken for granted for so long was no longer available to them. M.F.s paintings have no such intention behind them and what you say about lewdness squares with my own impression of them. We don’t consider dirty, pornographic graffiti that sullies public spaces art. If people enjoy what M.F. paints then that is their prerogative, but at the same time it is our prerogative to call out filth and religious bigotry when it parades as art.

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  • 52. cvs  |  March 11, 2010 at 7:51 am

    HR
    Truly a courageous outburst. Pity that in India the so called secularism is rather skewed.
    While much may not happen to fashion the perceptions of the people in Power, your expressions would hopefully at least peck the conscience of the so called (pseudo) secularists.
    A wider publicity must be given to the articel. a point for consideration is that perversion could not be cloaked in the name so called artistic freedom. Freedom definitely when a person starts swinging his arm to graze the nose of another person!!!

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    • 53. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 11, 2010 at 11:56 am

      thank you.The article has a wide circulation.It has reached the Consul of Qatar!It is on the Face book and my daughter got in touch with me-someone sent her.Another from England rang me up.Someone had sent it to Sangarikose and to Burkha Dutt too.It was not just for publicity that I wrote-it was what the angony of my heart -I wanted to express that.I have known Ram for years now and so I hesitated but felt that Truth is truth and must be expressed.Please read the replies to other comments if you have the time-you will understand me better.May you be blessed.
      Hilda Raja

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  • 54. Harikrishnan R  |  March 11, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Great writing

    Did this letter get published in Hindu ??

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    • 55. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 11, 2010 at 11:49 am

      I don’t think so.When I wrote it I was fully aware that it will not be published.But I know that Ram will read it at least.This article/letter has had wide circulation.It was reached even the Cconsul of Qatar in N.Delhi.My daughter saw it on her Face book and immediately mailed me her response.She was happy and fully endorsed my stand.Thank you Harikrishnan for your appreciation.May the Dev bless you.
      Hilda Raja

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  • 56. UmmON  |  March 15, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    I don’t think choosing Qatar over India is a testimony to the former’s openness. It is not. He is 95-years-old and chose a bit of personal peace and financial compensation over way too much criticism and attacks. Nothing wrong with that.
    By making this about MFH and his paintings alone, we fail to see that it’s about the growing intolerance in our country.
    I live here in Qatar, and it makes my blood boil when Qatar is compared to India. This is a hypocritical, intolerant and closed society. But incidents like this — for what it’s worth, he was a national treasure as the Japanese would say — do show us poorly.
    Let’s debate on his paintings, his insensitivity. All of us have a right to be hurt. Let’s do it in a civil manner. Let’s have a discussion. Let’s not attack his home, his family…

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  • 57. Govind  |  March 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Hello, I agree with most of what you say. However, India is much more tolerant than any other country. If anything, our problem is an excess of tolerance so that we end up tolerating the intolerable as well. In Mumbai, for example, today it is hardly possible to avoid the Islamic call to prayer in any locality. These loudspeakers blare from every mosque and constitute the most inconvenient nuisance which seriously impacts the quality of life of the vast majority of non-Muslims in the area. It feels like one is almost living in an Islamic country. This kind of flagrant violation of public airspace would not be tolerated by any “tolerant” Western country. The same goes for M.F.s paintings. I agree that his person should not be harmed and that those who take to violence are causing and not solving problems. However, instead of being respectful of Hindus when M.F. is glorified to high heavens, naturally some Hindus may not be able to rein in their passions. However, that is an omnipresent human problem that is present everywhere without exception. It cannot be avoided and needs to be prepared for adequately. It anything it indicates a weak system of law & order. It does not mean that India as a nation is more intolerant. The Indian government has invited M.F. back to India. Most tellingly, the RSS, the flagship organization of Hindutva in India, has done so too. This is the height of tolerance and more truly representative of India as a nation than the uncontrolled actions of a few stray people.

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  • 58. Bipin Trivedi  |  March 16, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I have read your letter to the Hindu and Indian express for MF Husain topic. I have prepared one article as under.

    Human being grown from there ancestor from beginning of human life or say Adam & Eve from nude stage to today’s cultured society. We have accepted some code of conduct to live in modern, well cultured and descent society, where we do not roam in the nude position as our ancestor does. To maintain this code, we have several laws against vulgarity. Even today in most modern internet era, we have applied code of conduct against porn sites. If someone capture nude photography has to phase consequences. So, I also believe that in the name of modern art, one cannot do/paint what they want to and they are also liable to obey certain society decency code. In our Indian society where people have ampoule of faith in variety of gods, one must keep in this mind while doing something against their faith.

    In society, we have to keep in mind all the people in all the religion which includes people with extreme religious in nature unlike all of us who we arguing here. No two persons are similar in nature, so you may think how much varieties are there in human nature. Argument is made that in the name of modern art, one must have right to paint anything in democracy and viewers have full right to see or not. But, whether it is viewable or not one has to see it once may be with his family and children then only one can decide about its stature. So, those extreme religious in nature has full right to oppose it may be by way of court cases. One must face the court cases instead of escapism. If anyone wants freedom for its acts must ready to face consequences.

    Husain has accepted Qatar citizenship for his own interest, since he got painting contract of Arabian culture from local govt. authorities and decided willingly to stay there for his own financial interest. However earlier through back door, he has begged and requested Indian govt. to withdraw court cases, which is not at all possible since govt. can’t do anything. Thanks judiciary are independent here else what would have happened can be judged.

    I remember that Husain has written a letter to N. Ram, editor The Hindu. One sentence was like this, “Qatar govt. has respected me by giving Qatar citizenship and honors me that way and if Indian govt. wants to arrest me then they can do so”. Just like Dawood Ebrahim, who on earlier days fled to Dubai and then tell the Indian govt. to arrest him. Husain must show guts to face the consequences instead of escapism. If he would have faced the court cases gracefully then he would be more respectable and may be forgiven by extremists.

    Everyone knows that he was after so many actresses (not actors) only like Meena Kumari, Mumtaz, Smita Patil, Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit. His one painting of Madhuri was describing that one ox (madmast sandh) with naked Madhuri in vulgar pose. This shows his dirty mind and psychic nature. If anyone describes this as modern art, than feel sorry for his/her thought. Madhuri showed her decency and keep mum else would be in big trouble earlier only.

    He is now in Qatar and even if he just speak (not actually paint) to show will to make nude paint of someone living there like he did in case of Madhuri or nude paint of their god, I doubt he will remain alive even.

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    • 59. Pankaj  |  March 22, 2010 at 4:58 am

      hi good point to point article and exposed MF Husain very well

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      • 60. hildaraja  |  March 26, 2010 at 3:58 pm

        Pankaj I thank you for your appreciation.May you do well in all that you undertake.HR

  • 61. Kruttik Aggarwal  |  March 16, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    “Today as I understand to bash hindus and hinduism and their icons one becomes a secularist….” It’s an insult to great international secularists and humanists to reduce secularism to Indian political ideologies. I am a secularist and a humanist and I don’t have to belong to a political party to bash or honor public events. For me secularism has been convincingly demonstrated by likes of Gora, Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklyn etc etc.

    I belong to the Catholic church-will it tolerate the depiction of the Virgin Mary?…To tell you the truth, they don’t really have an option at least in US and some of the secular European countries. Thomas Jefferson did what no other public leader has ever done- ‘Built the Wall’, as it is called, by formulating the Virginia Statute on Religion Freedom and the 1st Amendment act. In short, a clear separation of church and state.

    The ordinary beings like us are no great modern art appreciators-so too the common people-if their cherished icons are depicted to hurst their religious sentiments would you call it tolerance…. I am sorry but the construction of your sentence seems to imply that he admittedly painted to insult the religions instincts in Hindus. Either you seem to have a source of information that is absent to me or you have by your syllogism arrived at this conclusion. Even if I grant you your suppositions, you would still not be able to render any legal, moral or philosophical argument to support the public threats and vandalism against a fellow citizen. Note, all I asked was that his freedom and security is a responsibility of a country obligated in the constitution. It’s a national shame if that were to be compromised. You should concede that MF Hussain deserves the same freedom that you and I do. Beyond that we can have an academic discussion, like we are doing now.

    If a hindu painted the same paintings as Hussain his painting will be vandalised and he will be threatened... Do you mean that vandalism is discounted as long as its secular. Doesn’t seem to help much. If you were trying to say that Hindus would be as willing to destroy personal properties of a Muslim as they would do of a Hindu then it only supports my point. I leave you a judge to that.

    Remember when feels are aroused there will be no logic.Look at the behaviour of the Rajya Sabha MPs?Even at that level expresssiion of one’s dissent becomes violent.All over the world it is so.Rule of the law automatically vanishes-for that matter Hussain has a number of cases against him-he should have been fearless and faced the courts.He has also IT problems.All this is not to justify vandalism but to understand human behaviour…
    You pretty much justified it. Violence is not a human invented property. It’s a weapon guarantee to us by Darwin’s theory of Naturoselection. Mankind has survived the onslaught of nature by precisely tuning balance between the demands of natural instinct and social sacrifices. To justify an unlawful act under the study of human behavior is neither noble nor useful.

    Sita,Durga,Mahalakshmi,Devi, Sarswati are the names of some of my former students at the PG level-in them I see the goddesses-and everything I hold sacred-Do you expect me to be very rational and calm and have an academic discussion when they are depicted nude and copulating with animals.That is too much Kruttik-.. Either that or do what the RSS and Bajrang Dal have done. You are trying to say that since you know people who bear the same name as some of the Hindu Goddesses, it gives you an unrelenting vile to attack an individual’s art? Are you suggesting that in essence MF Hussain has depicted your students in those paintings? I mean I dont know why but to even argue to it seems boring to me.

    modern art or no modern art.Womanhood must be respected.Your blood will boil if one of your loved ones was thus depicted.That does not make you a Fundamentalist It makes you a sensitive human with your blood ties STRONG.So Hussain I cannot forgive.He vandalised the imagies of those who are sacred and close to my heart-he brutalised their bodies with his brush.An action calls for a reaction and not an academic discussion…. I need some clarity here. On one hand you seem to indicate that the issue with MF Hussain’s paintings is that it has taken upon the ‘cherished icons’ of Hindu’s (essentially pointing at the religious aspect of ones reverence) and on the other hand you say that your contempt for him comes from the belief that he has insulted womanhood in general. I have comments on both-
    The former case is purely religious. What I mean is that there is no scientific, logical or moral reason to believe in the realities of Hindu mythology unless you surrender yourself to the domain of Hinduism. So for a Muslim or a Christian or a Jew or an atheist, the concept of Sita is an matter of fiction and the only reverence they will have for such a figure would stem from their understanding of human experiences and human solidarity. So for them Sita is no different from Alice in wonderland, on the grounds of her womanhood. So I absolutely disagree that Sita or any Hindu Godess or any religious figure deserve anymore respect than any other woman or man.
    On the later point though, depicting nudity in art is nothing new to our civilization. It definitely does not qualify to be ‘modern art’ persay. The concept of sexuality has been a dominant force is artistic expression for centuries. The likes of Picasso has used eroticism for most part of his paintings. Kamasutra deals with man and woman relationship in the most intimate manner. Khajuraho is a refreshing push back against the centuries of sexual repression in Indian Society. People like you and me have enjoyed these forms of art for many years. Ofcourse that doesn’t mean that we are obliged to show the same appreciation for MF Hussain but to disregard his painting as demeaning and disrespectful and pornographic in the light of the century old art form is a bit hypocritical.

    A lot has been said about why MF Hussain does not choose other religions to depict his art. It’s a moot point. Its as if to say that Hindus would be ok if MF Hussain was to draw Christ or David or Moses in the same manner. Firstly, painting is an art, not a propaganda that can be inspired by hand picking variety of religions of subjects. The inspiration is very natural and non deliberate. One reason I can speculate MF Hussain happen to stumble upon Indian Goddesses would be the fact that idol worship is either prohibited as in Islam or unpopular as in Christanity, Judaism , Budhism, Jainism, Sikhism etc etc. Hindusim is almost exclusive in its poly theistic and idolizing worship making it a religion which has built many idols allowing artists to interpret it. It’s not too difficult for me to imagine that MF Hussain got inspired by them. After all critical and artistic satires have been written on other religions for ages by many leading artists.

    But please be free to disagree-we are all bound by our learning-experience and by each one’s vision reality.My perception will be different from yours-Go ahead and look deeper into the universe and continue learning.All the best to you…. Thanks for wishing me luck. I appreciate, and thanks for bringing out a subject that is dear to both of us, though in very different ways. I cherish this difference, probably even more than the silent agreements with many others. I wish you luck too.

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    • 62. bhramar  |  March 17, 2010 at 7:33 pm

      hahaha..pseudo seculars like K Agarwal..Are u a muslim in disguise of a Hindu name? Afraid to come out.hehe..I am an atheist . Islam is the most barbaric religion in modern history. I am not a patron of Hinduism myself. ..But if an individual’s repeated .i say repeated.. artistic voyeurism ..incites Hindus ..what is wrong in that? Let him paint Prophets wife or daughter? Read Sharia 33:50 and u will be enlightened.

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      • 63. Kruttik Aggarwal  |  March 17, 2010 at 8:37 pm

        hahaha..pseudo seculars like K Agarwal..Are u a muslim in disguise of a Hindu name? Afraid to come out.hehe..
        Actually it is funny when you say that. With a name like ‘bhramar’ versus ‘Kruttik Aggarwal’, I don’t see who is disguising and who is not.

        I am an atheist …
        Good for you. Even though we have the same cosmological orientation, I don’t see a point in it.

        Islam is the most barbaric religion in modern history…
        ‘Modern History’ as it is called by literates and educated historians starts roughly around 1500s.
        If you call modern history post 9/11 then yes, but that would only reveal your incompetence in dealing with history. If you call modern history post World War II, you might be right controversially. But in the Modern History Christianity has inflicted no less wrath than Islam. You will need a bit of history to understand it. Each religion has taken its turn to show the brutality. It was Christianity pre-contemporary era and its Islam in the contemporary one. To submit one religion as more brutal than the other in light of historical accounts is very era specific. In short yes, Islam is the most contemporary religious issue but on moral grounds it’s not far ahead of others if one scrutinizes history as a whole rather than handpicking certain eras.

        I am not a patron of Hinduism myself….Well that hardly makes you an atheist. For that matter every religious person is an atheist just one short. Because they all don’t believe in any other religion than their own. The sufficient condition of atheism is not to denounce established religions but to denounce the theistic instincts. So for example, would you consider Stalin, Hitler or Kim Jong Il as atheist simply because they denounced established religions?

        But if an individual’s repeated .i say repeated.. artistic voyeurism ..incites Hindus ..what is wrong in that?..Let him paint Prophets wife or daughter?
        Would you care to read any arguments against your case before you state it. I mean it’s pretty boring. There are ample discussions on it already.

        Read Sharia 33:50 and u will be enlightened. Thanks but no thanks. I don’t disagree with you at all. Not sure what it proves in this discussion.
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    • 64. Bipin Trivedi  |  March 18, 2010 at 7:19 am

      Human being grown from there ancestor from beginning of human life or say Adam & Eve from nude stage to today’s cultured society. We have accepted some code of conduct to live in modern, well cultured and descent society, where we do not roam in the nude position as our ancestor does. To maintain this code, we have several laws against vulgarity. Even today in most modern internet era, we have applied code of conduct against porn sites. If someone capture nude photography has to phase consequences. So, I also believe that in the name of modern art, one cannot do/paint what they want to and they are also liable to obey certain society decency code. In our Indian society where people have ampoule of faith in variety of gods, one must keep in this mind while doing something against their faith.

      In society, we have to keep in mind all the people in all the religion which includes people with extreme religious in nature unlike all of us who we arguing here. No two persons are similar in nature, so you may think how much varieties are there in human nature. Argument is made that in the name of modern art, one must have right to paint anything in democracy and viewers have full right to see or not. But, whether it is viewable or not one has to see it once may be with his family and children then only one can decide about its stature. So, those extreme religious in nature has full right to oppose it may be by way of court cases. One must face the court cases instead of escapism. If anyone wants freedom for its acts must ready to face consequences.

      Husain has accepted Qatar citizenship for his own interest, since he got painting contract of Arabian culture from local govt. authorities and decided willingly to stay there for his own financial interest. However earlier through back door, he has begged and requested Indian govt. to withdraw court cases, which is not at all possible since govt. can’t do anything. Thanks judiciary are independent here else what would have happened can be judged.

      I remember that Husain has written a letter to N. Ram, editor The Hindu. One sentence was like this, “Qatar govt. has respected me by giving Qatar citizenship and honors me that way and if Indian govt. wants to arrest me then they can do so”. Just like Dawood Ebrahim, who on earlier days fled to Dubai and then tell the Indian govt. to arrest him. Husain must show guts to face the consequences instead of escapism. If he would have faced the court cases gracefully then he would be more respectable and may be forgiven by extremists.

      Everyone knows that he was after so many actresses (not actors) only like Meena Kumari, Mumtaz, Smita Patil, Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit. His one painting of Madhuri was describing that one ox (madmast sandh) with naked Madhuri in vulgar pose. This shows his dirty mind and psychic nature. If anyone describes this as modern art, than feel sorry for his/her thought. Madhuri showed her decency and keep mum else would be in big trouble earlier only.

      He is now in Qatar and even if he just speak (not actually paint) to show will to make nude paint of someone living there like he did in case of Madhuri or nude paint of their god, I doubt he will remain alive even.

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  • 65. ss patil  |  March 18, 2010 at 6:07 am

    many many hundred, thousand, million have the blood rush of this events. I appreciate openness and courage put forward by you “spade is spade”

    Same rule applies to other celebrity, law is twisted and media is silent. Indian democracy will crumble under the word secularism
    only solution is CCC

    thank you for your open letter

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  • 66. rakesh  |  March 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    In Anand Math, a theory though in a somewhat secretive manner is postulated that coming of “angrez” was a god’s doing to save the dharma from the mlecch (islam)
    Its happening again though a angrez is not there; albait a very indian daughter of her motherland where being christian is as welcome as being or even not being a Hindu.
    We must salute this fine lady. i request her to come to delhi and gv a lecture to the un-initiated

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  • 67. rakesh  |  March 18, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Hildaji
    Since u hv mentioned somewhere three scores and half a score; i can very well say “HILDA MATA KI JAI”
    Even if we gv a damn to yr view point I must admit your objectivity about the issue in hand is of a scientist. U hv never lost your cool despite feeling so agitated.
    Yes India has welcomed everybody with complete acceptance. Boman is still Irani and nobody asks him to become Hindustani. When one Tamil girl married a shrilankan cricketer and said now onwards she will cheer for s/lanka, the whole of India cheered with her. The foundation of golden temple was laid bya muslim. And there is a thought in India which says that jesus came to India after surviving the cross and lived for a few scores. Nobody asks them to shut up.
    pl permit me to narrate a story: One of my friends almost illiterate mother was visiting her grand daughter’s school. There she noticed a statue of mother marry. She folded her hands and started a cycle of worship. When her son noticed her doing this, he reprimanded her for her ignorance by saying “What r u doing this is a christian goddess” and left.
    That old lady in exhasperation turned to me and said “A devi (Goddess) is a devi, what if a christian or a hindu”
    Frankly I had never heard a more apt definition of “sarva dharm sambhav”

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  • 68. rakesh  |  March 18, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    In Anand Math, a theory though in a somewhat secretive manner is postulated that coming of “angrez” was a god’s doing to save the dharma from the mlecch (islam)
    Its happening again though a angrez is not there; albait a very indian daughter of her motherland where being christian is as welcome as being or even not being a Hindu.
    We must salute this fine lady. i request her to come to delhi and gv a lecture to the un-initiated

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  • 69. Krishna Marathe  |  March 18, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Dear Mrs. Raja,
    Kudos to you for speaking out…even more because you have taken the effort though you are not a “Hindu” on paper! I feel extremely grateful to you for taking this as a personal responsibility and adopting an objective viewpoint. Very few people have that gift!
    You have in more ways than one expressed what many of us felt but did not know whether to speak up or not. Sadly in the country today being pro-Hindu is equated to being communal! But what needs to be understood is that being “pro-Hindu” does not mean being anti-Muslim or even anti-Christian. It’s anti nothing actually!
    I personally believe that if we all follow what has been truly prescribed in our own sacred texts, we would never fight! In fact I imagine many a times Jesus, Allah and Krishna laughing together from the skies because of the silly fights we come up with regarding how “Our God” is better than “your God”!
    Thankyou once again!

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  • 70. rakesh  |  March 19, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    NOBODY IS TAKING IT SERIOUSLY YET I MUST MUST REITERATE TEN TIMES A DAY “HILDA MATA KI JAI”

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    • 71. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 20, 2010 at 10:45 am

      It was really very educative and informative to read a slice of your minds! Rakesh,SS Patil et al.One has even invited me to Delhi-thank you.I agree a Devi is a Devi-when I mentioned about my students whose are names-Devi,Sarswati,Sita,Lakshmi et al I wanted to bring a dimension of womanhood.What Hussain demeaned and vulgarised and vandalised and with his brush commited Jihad-in his so called modern art was Indian womanhood.For all the Devis stand as icons of Indian womanhood-irrespective of rellgion.This is why I find Hindu women so very religiously venerating Virgin Mary.I think Krithi Aggarwal missed the point.Again I repeat why does Husain reserve his modern art of vulgarisation of women only for the Hindu goddesses.Please note that nakedness was hatred to him when he painted Hilter naked-he expressed so-then from when does nudity become pure art to Hussain?When does copulation with animals become modern art for Husain.Is that not depravation of the mind and perversion?Will this be allowed in films?Why not?If one is to go by the standards that the secularists are judging Husain.Stripping in public can attract arrest-will our films show women in the nude-will it not be censored?May be I am outdated.But I repeat that painters have depicted and painted nudity-there is no problem.The problem here is to caption it as Goddesses copulating with animals.I think it is too much to expect us to accept that.The test fo the pudding is the eating of it.When it comes to your own you have another yardstick.I am sorry to continue this debate.The best would be to let it rest.Let us grow more tolerant for different views but I cannot sacrifice TRUTH for the sake of art and that too Husain’s art.His intent was clear and his target was well focused.I am sorry for the so called art critics who think that to appreciate Husain is to be a great appreciator of arts.No thank you.
      Hilda Raja

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  • 73. rakesh  |  March 20, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Thanx Dr. Hilda.
    Its already too much of mr. H and I think it is for his benefit if we go on giving him importance The best thing is that we forget him but the problem is how can we? He might even right now be thinking about his next painting; say sita after her exile, or if somebody has told him about u, maybe Lord Jesus in some compromising pose. Most probably the secular brigade may not tolerate the second one and therefore he may avoid that.
    I hv come to know that he used to paint the billboards before he got all this. I hope he was intelligent enough for that

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  • 74. Priya  |  March 23, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Wonderfully written…I think the oldie should be chanting verses of his holy book and should give perversive thoughts a rest…Disheartening that media is trying to draw so much attention towards this issue which has absolutely no relevance / importance. Anybody who is disrespectful about other religions does not deserve to be in this country. Creative liberty and vulgarity are poles apart, hence, it is disgusting if someone is trying to draw a secular / political angle to the whole idea.
    Thanks very much Hilda!

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    • 75. hildaraja  |  March 26, 2010 at 3:56 pm

      You are 200 percent correct in stating that creative liberty and vulgarity are poles apart.But the vulgarity of Husain is reserved only for Hindu gods and goddesses.He finds that Hinduism which is ‘infinitely tolerant according to Jug Suriaya is the best canvass for him to express his supressed perverted sexual vulgarity.The sad part of this is that the so called liberal and secular elite are his champions.But let him paint Shabana Azmi or for that matter any one of the Khans in such postures and in the nude and lets watch the reaction?Will then Husain’s creative Freedom of expression be hailed as the art of a genuis artist?Thank you for the addition inputs-It is quite educative how people look at the whole issue.I wish the media-TV channels invite you as one of the panelists or at least to be in the TV audience.It is nauseating the way the TV anchors go about their shows with such blatant bias and prejudice.All the best to you Priya.HR

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  • 76. deepa nagaraj  |  May 5, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Mrs Hilda,
    Good piece of article echoing the thinking of all of us. MFH might be a good artist, but he has put a blot in his name by hurting the sentiments of a society and calling it the freedom of expression. He was able to do this because Hinduism is the world’s most tolerant religion.

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  • 77. K.Ravindran  |  May 13, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    i think we should find out from Hussain himself what inspired or instigated him to paint only the Hindu Goddesses or Hindu actresses.
    in this context,i recall the actions of Periyar in the southern part of India who, as a rationalist, ridiculed the images of Hindu gods.but i understand these were done to reform the contemporary society who were using religion to promote their own interests.Hussain must be having some reasons also.
    i feel the debate will be more purposeful if we find out these reasons since it is now largely subjective.
    a correct judgement can be made only after we hear Hussain’s point of view also.we all know that he is a great painter but we do not know him as a human being.

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  • 78. sspatil  |  May 14, 2010 at 9:24 am

    I wonder why media is so biased, afraid and not even one article seen on MFH wrong doing. Even today he is free and believed to be a noble artist by media. No news paper has courage to say anything on this.
    There are many instances which are biased against the main stream of Hindu religion. Sati and child marriage is banned … These are wrong thing and banned by constitution it is good but equally our constitution should ban multiple marriage and divorce rules of Muslim.

    Intead ….celebrity is marrying many women why others can’t! Young minds are corrupted by this but no one is bothered on this un-equality. We have democracy but with so much biased on freedom, identity, and suffering… Fundamental of democracy is equality and we have at basic level un-equality. Common rule to all is the need of hour. Common civil code “CCC” is a forgotten word in India today. I see every main religion is founded in ancient times. Those rules are good for those days. With time rules have to be changed. Rules written in past may not be written by god but human being. No human is perfect. So that every religion has to amend the rules which are meaningless in current time and utter foolishness to continue… If continued there are cases one of them is MFH…

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  • 79. R.Goverdhan B.E.  |  May 16, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Dear Sir,
    of late there have been several deaths of people due to fire in in high-rise buildings since the fire-engines could not make it to the site because of the narrow roads and the crowds. The Govt is attempting to solve the problem by using motorcycles with fire fighting equipment.

    I wish to suggest that the fire dept use Fibreglass tanks with sprinklers at the bottom which are carried by Helicopters,

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    R.Goverdhan

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  • 80. Sridhar  |  July 9, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Madam, can you kindly reproduce Mr.Ram’s response if any ?

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  • 81. gopal  |  August 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    so anyone of you in media will publish the letter and expose Indian government’s MINORITY APPEASEMENT policy in front of the people of india especially MAJORITY to let them know the value of their vote. i think every youth after knowing this will support you . let’s start The CHANGE in Indian Politics for equality in behavior with everyone for same deed they do..

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