Third Opinion

March 25, 2010 at 6:07 am 17 comments

Response to Jug Suraiya(second Opinion)
Jug Suriaya has baptized MF Husain as ‘Hindu’ Husain?’(TOI 24th march)It fails my comprehension why the ‘secularists’ are laboring to prove the point that Husain is secular and had no evil design to denigrate Hindu gods and Goddesses. The author picks up a new line of defense for the artist. ‘The basis of Hinduism of what has been labeled as Hinduism is the opposite of zero tolerance: it is infinite tolerance. There are almost as many Hinduisms as there are Hindus; it is a designer religion..’ So we are reminded that in its infinite tolerance Husain can and must be allowed to express his perverted sexual expressions using Gods and Goddesses that is the litmus test of infinite tolerance according to Jug Suriya. MF Husain’s parampara is one Book, one faith, one path, one congregation, one god and Islam forbids any pictorial depiction of the Prophet So the parampara of Husain does not believe in artists and their freedom or for that matter any kind of personal freedom. Does that mean that he needs to operate the freedoms denied to him by his own religion on the ‘designer religion’ –Hinduism thus qualifying to becoming Hindu Husian? Ahomogenised Hinduism would not be Hinduism but a travestry of that myriad-threaded fabric asserts Jug Suriaya.Yes Hinduism is tapestry of a myriad threaded fabric woven and rewoven for thousands of years by the waft and the woof of rites and rituals of conventions and norms, of cults and god experiences of thousands of rishis it can be stretched to accommodate Husain’s vulgarization of what is held holy and sacred by the Hindus of all the Hinduisms? A person from zero tolerance faith and belief -one will expect to have some restraint in beholding this fabric so artistically and religiously and patiently woven for centuries. Can he so carelessly and ruthlessly tear it asunder? What is blasphemy according to his religion becomes infinite tolerance and hence valid namely to caricature and paint Hindu gods and goddesses. The Freedom gagged and denied to him by his own religion which he religiously abides by does not stop him from painting God and Goddesses in the nude but leads him with his brush to vulgarization and denigrate them. No matter what Jug Suraiya accedes to as ‘strength’ of Hinduism –the designer religion will not and cannot accommodate such perversity.
Jug Suraiya very artfully tries to tell us that the ‘strength’ in Hinduism is its infinite tolerance and by protesting Hinduism becomes weak. There are two aspects to this:-He wants us to accommodate Husain’s perversion under the ‘infinitely tolerant religion of Hinduism-.Husain the firm believer of zero tolerance cannot function to give full expression to his artistic freedom in his religion. The restraints of which he abides by to make him a good Muslim. Here there is no written restraints-Hinduism does not go by the Book rules but calls upon each individual to a self imposed discipline does not mean there is no discipline. Freedom to perceive and experience god in one’s own way is entirely different kind of infinite tolerance. One does not have to look to god though another’s eyes-nor does one’s experience be limited to another’s god experience. This is the infinite tolerance of Hinduism-the many paths that lead to the Ultimate. Such an infinite tolerance is on a different plane. It is not operational in allowing freedom to maine, brutalize and denigrate the Hindu gods and goddesses. For example the UK has no written Constitution, does it mean there are no rights and no Parliamentary democracy-when compared to those which have written constitutions I would say that UK’s parliamentary democracy is more disciplined and vibrant. Similar Jug Suraiya cannot use the absence of a Book-of written rules and regulations as to what amounts to blasphemy as a license for unrestraint freedom of expression-freedom to hurt the religious sentiments of the Hindus. And all the secularists brand this infinitely tolerant Hindus as bigots, and Husain has an array of ‘secular’ apologists who are vociferously, through the media-both electronic and print, holding out the view that it is almost the duty of this infinitely tolerant Hinduisms to allow Husain to brandish his brush and disfigure that tapestry of a myriad threads woven beautifully depicting the facets of the One omni presence as Gods and Goddesses-of this ‘designer religion. And to allow such jihadi by brush under the Right to Freedom of Expression.. Jug Suraiya goes one step further-he wants the travesty of a myriad threads fabric to be shredded and torn apart when he warns that a militant Hinduism will rob Hinduism of its breath of tolerance. So what? If militant religions like Islam and Christianity can flourish be appreciated as ‘secular’and pampered to I do not see the need to continue this infinitely tolerant Hinduism in the face of zero tolerance and be branded as bigotry and communal. If the Kashmiri pandits were killed and driven out of their homes till date not rehabilitated what is the use of this infinite tolerance. Using this infinite tolerance to block and blotch human rights and community rights is no way of making a case to uphold this breath of Hinduism –tolerance. When zero tolerance cannot allow infinitely tolerant Hindus of Hinduisms their own homes and hearths? So Jug Suraiya’s premise to test the strength of Hinduism by allowing anything and anyone to do anything and everything under the garb of its infinite tolerance is a bad case. It cannot co-exist.
And the brief for Husain does not end here-Jug Suriaya has elevated his client as an example-his testimony to the capacity of tolerance of Hinduism-that in it there can be no scandalous liberties to be censored-MF Husain becomes a Hindu and a good one too-by his adherence to the zero tolerance of his own religion Islam he becomes a good Muslim also. Eat the cake and have it too-policy. Do to others what you expect others to do to you-is also a Book faith diktat is conveniently overlooked. How very succinctly Jug Suraiya has led us down the path with such carrots.. and full praise for ‘Hinduisms’ and its strength. In its strength lies the message not to fight-not to face the challenge-look the other way no matter what is done to you and your gods and goddesses. No matter the insults and the injuries your strength is to allow such things. This is a strange advice and message to uphold Freedoms. It is an aberration of Freedom. Too long this infinite tolerance has been exploited and too long the Hindus have thought that ‘strength’ means to look the way. It is time to stem the rot and it is time to face the challenge and expect everyone, artist or no artist to abide by the law of the land-irrespective of religion and age. We are a secular society and religious rules must be subsumed in civil law and civil liberties. You cannot use one’s religious laws for some and civil laws for others, All Indian citizens must and should fall under one law and thus will Justice and Truth be upheld.
Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,


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  • 1. Sudhir  |  March 25, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Absolutely !!! Pseudo secularists are a bigger threat than people like Hussain coz these people are busy axing their own legs instead of preventing others from doing so.

    These are people from the inside standing outside and pissing in along with the outsiders.

    Double standards are no good for anyone or anything. Measure with the same scale. Treat ALL INDIANS and their sensitivities equally !!!

    • 2. hildaraja  |  March 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm

      Yes Sudhir-nothing more and nothing less-same yardstick-same standard to be applied.But this calls for a uniform civil code-because one can get away by applying religious laws-when it suits one and resort to civil /criminal laws when it suits one.No body is looking at the people as Indians-thats the problem-we are hindus,muslims,christians parsees et al-where are the INDIANS?Till date has any politician addressed Indians?Keep up your demand for equality…thats the crux.All the best to you.HR

  • 3. Sita  |  March 25, 2010 at 10:36 am

    One aspect of the ‘Designer Religion ‘Jug has failed to note: that it keeps designing itself not only to meet individual needs but also societal and Dharmic needs,so it has adopted the ‘Intolerance’ that was thrown at it by others so as to survive.
    Jug Suraiya says that he appreciates Hinduism for its ability to meet peoples needs,but will not accept the changes it brings about for its people’s survival. Apparently Hinduism and Hindus don’t have a right to survive ,in his book.

    • 4. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:21 pm

      Yes Sita you are right Ju and his ilk want the Hindus to be just passive taking whatever is thrown at them-bashing them is just one of their pastimes and for this the justification is that Hinduism is infinitely tolerant-Yet it is this relgion and its people who are called as fundamentalists if they try to face the challenge.Suits them to call it a designer religion.Husain becomes a good Muslim by faithfully following the Book rules and by abusing and denigrating the Hindus and their gods and godesses he comes a good Hindu to because the designer religion is so elastic with no bounds…Love to you Sita.Maam

  • 5. U.NARAYANADAS  |  March 25, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Thank you for your excellent rejoinders to the pseudo-secular flock. We have posted a number of articles on the subject, some of which might interest you. We are therefore providing the links:





    • 6. hildaraja  |  March 26, 2010 at 3:40 pm

      That was very thoughtful of you I shall go through them-they will provide me with informative and educative inputs.It is encouraging to connect with like minded persons but then from here where do we go?Look at the SC allowing quota for ‘Poor Muslim” and calling it not religion specific but backwardness specific.If thats is the way even the SC court abets appeasement then how do we go about this injustice after injustice being heaped…All the best to you.HR

  • 7. Rummuser  |  March 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Magnificent. I hope that Jug gets to read this.

    • 8. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:15 pm


    • 9. hildaraja  |  March 26, 2010 at 3:37 pm

      Yes I did email the rejoinder to Jug.Thank yiou for the appreciation.All the best to you.HR

  • 10. rakesh  |  March 25, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    So far i cud manage to read just a few lines of the latest of Hilda.
    I do feel that u need not comment on any jug the thug or the fabricator of hindu or bindu.
    this thing should go in reverse now. They should right editorials ( or fabritorials for that matter) on Hilda’s blog.
    Till then my campaign HILDA MATA KI JAI. PICK IT UP FRIENDS.

    • 11. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:17 pm

      Thank you Rakesh-you have a fine way of putting across your reactions!HR

  • 12. rakesh  |  March 27, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Freedom to perceive and experience god in one’s own way is entirely different kind of infinite tolerance.
    What a beautiful line. i do sincerely commend your insight. I do agree with u is a different thing.

  • 13. U.NARAYANADAS  |  March 27, 2010 at 8:08 am

    My comment on this article was kept pending for moderation and then seems to have been deleted. Did you find anything wrong in it?

    • 14. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja  |  March 29, 2010 at 11:02 am

      I am sorry it must have been an error or an over sight.Please do put in your comments.I always appreciate the comments that come from you.It might have come into my regular email for moderation and by mistake got deleted.Sorry.HR

  • 15. U.NARAYANADAS  |  March 27, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Dear Madam,

    I seem to have posted the previous comment (13) before seeing my approved comment and your reply to it. Kindly ignore it. And yes, it is a pleasure to connect with like-minded people.

  • 16. U.NARAYANADAS  |  March 27, 2010 at 8:32 am

    I have posted a link to your blog on VOX INDICA. You may please reciprocate if you wish. Here is the blog link:

  • 17. U.NARAYANADAS  |  March 31, 2010 at 4:16 am

    Dear Dr. Raja,

    This is an article posted in Washington Post condemning Wendy Doniger’s sacrilegious ‘AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY OF HINDUS’ which is worse than MFH’s paintings:

    Here is the link for an online petition urging Penguin to withhold publication of a second edition of the book before the author corrects its malafide contents. The petition gives examples of factual errors and abusive comments which form the author’s analyses of Hindu scriptures. I am sure you and your readers will see fit to sign the petition:

    (If the link is not clickable it may be copied and pasted in a browser for opening the page.)



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