Bolo ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’. Bolo ‘It’s a work of art’

Not that they are sensitive to these things, but the highest court in the land—the Supreme Court of India—has delivered a stinging slap on the menacing faces of India’s moral police and thought thugs; the connoisseurs who know exactly what we should see, hear, wear, watch, read, write, paint, feel and think. Or else.

Maqbool Fida Husain‘s Bharat Mata has been decreed “a work of art“.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India, K.G. Balakrishnan, while refusing to initiate criminal proceedings against Husain for allegedly “hurting public sentiments” and the “national pride of Indians”, said:

“There are so many such subjects, photographs and publications. Does the sentiment of the petitioner get scandalized by the large number of photographs of erotic sculptures which are in circulation? Will you file cases against all of them?

“What about temple structures?

“It (Husain’s work) is art. If you don’t want to see it, don’t see it. There are so many such art forms in temple structures.”

Also read: M.F. HUSAIN: Do you throw out a naughty child?

RITU MENON: In the name of Bhagwan, Allah, God…

Desh ke police kaise ho? Moral police jaise ho!

Just how is this dress an affront to Hindu culture?

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54 Responses to “Bolo ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’. Bolo ‘It’s a work of art’”

  1. semanticoverload Says:

    Finally! Some hope for freedom of speech in India. Its funny (not) how free speech in India seems to take a back seat to things like public sentiment, potential defamation, or even plain disagreement!

    Even hate speech, an unfortunate side effect, should be a part of free speech. And it needs to be countered with more free speech. Gag orders (like the ones against Raj Thackeray), and such will end up as instruments to crush dissent, and lets face it, dissent is necessary in a healthy democracy.

  2. Aatmasakshi Says:

    How much longer before the Hindutva “Hit Squad” starts insinuating the Dalit chief justice for the “anti-Hindu” judgement?

    The fate of the Husain painting is only one indication of how the very idea of India is being assailed from within and without by supraconstitutional authorities using region, language and religion as a figleaf.

    Books are getting banned by governments, authors’ houses are being raided by CBI, authors are being exterminated by states, film makers with “Maoist” links are being jailed (when not being shot at by civilians), poems are being used to ransack IT companies, motivated farmers are stalling mega plans, protestors are imposing economic blockades….

    We may feel heartened by the SC’s categorical words, but who is going to put a halt to the cheap theatrics that have become the hallmark of our politics and seems to have the support of one political party or the other?

  3. Alok Says:

    I hope the Supreme Court also picks up the habit of imposing costs in such frivolous cases.

    Still one small step for…

  4. Chintaka Says:

    There is a painting of MF Hussain depicting four individuals.

    1. Einstein;
    2. Karl Marx;
    3. Mahatma Gandhi;
    4. Adolf Hitler.

    All these four men appear in a single painting.

    While Einstien and Karl Marx are shown fully clothed, Gandhiji is show wearing a dhoti with his head removed! And here comes the best part.. Hitler is show naked.

    When asked the reason for this nude portrayal of Hitler, MF commented that he hates Hitler and he has painted his picture in nude to humiliate him.

    Now

    Hitler nude painting = humiliation

    Bharatmata nude painting = artisitic excellence..

    Any comments on this from the Secular brigade???

  5. SumneNeeve Says:

    Btw, is Taslima Nasreen book also inline for being considered as freedom of expression?

  6. namaste Says:

    Great, i can now sing National anthem in different Ragas or in fusion music – better would be with break dance!

    Then i can make national flag with any material and hang it in any direction at any time. On my T-shirt etc ?

    Was it actress Rekha against whom case was filed for tearing off currency notes in a movie ? Well, now we can even smoke/drink/take drugs/prepare bombs on screen — all in the name of ‘artistic freedom’.

    If people want to see it, let them see. Else sit quite!!

  7. Arrow Says:

    ok, paint mary/mohammed/allah/jesus in the same way and claim it as work of art, guess what would be the reaction and judgement .. if husain’s intention is to show art why select only hindu gods/goddesses….work of art, my foot. the point is husain has been doing this repeatedly and has gotten away in the name of art and secularism..tomorrow somebody will paint indecent pictures of somebody’s mother/sister/gods will you let them of as work of art..so what is decency and where would you draw a line?

  8. myshanks Says:

    Gentlemen you are mistaken. The people who are objecting are NOT objecting to any/all paintings where there is nudity/obscenity.

    They are objecting to such painting of our god and goddess who are shown in bad light. No where in India in temple architecture there is nude image of a god/goddess. there are nude images of people – accepted.

    Ok can any one of you (including the author/editor of this blog) has spine to write an article on moral policing prevalent in Muslim community?

    Or will you allow your kids to do anything in life. Have you not said anything to your children about what they are supposed to do. If yes, why the he** are you doing it. Leave it to them. Let them do anything they want. Are you ready?

    It is not moral policing it is decency, public decorum and sentiments. Why do you have law against public nudity and public drinking and latest smoking in public. Do you have the spine to stand up and shout about this? Is it not moral policing by your definition?

    Do you have the spine to have a open public debate on allowing screening of Blue Films and circulation of it? Why is this moral policing on our right to choose what to see and own.

    Do you have spine and dare to go to a Gurudwara without a head scarf? Why this rule in a public place? Is it not moral policing by the temple trust.

    Do you have the spine to talk/write about KaRaVi on blackening of boards when we have 3 language formula in this country. (Present Maharashtra issue). Why should any one go with whims and fancies of them on display boards. Is it not moral policing?

    Are you ready to come out and protest the KaRaVi way of barging into a rave party in Bangalore recently? Is it not moral policing? Why don’t you all, who agree with Mr. Hussian, to go and give Bail Bond to these people.

    You people are ready to forgo work and protest at MG road for a small or insignificant or inconsequential issue somewhere in this world. Here I have listed issues which follow the same principle or doctrine. Why are you not coming out and protest.

    Just because WE are letting you to express you are protesting against us. If you dare do it for issues listed above, someone should be ready for your memorial function.

    It is unfortunate we have people like your kind. I wonder weather you have read what the Australian PM John Howard has said to his countrymen. If you have not read it. Here it is:

    —————————————————————————

    “If those are not your values, if you want a country which has Sharia law or a theocratic state, then Australia is not for you”, he said on National Television. “I’d be saying to clerics who are teaching that there are two laws governing people in Australia: one the Australian law and another Islamic law, that is false. If you can’t agree with parliamentary law, independent courts, democracy, and would prefer Sharia law and have the opportunity to go to another country, which practices it, perhaps, then, that’s a better option”, Costello said.

    Asked whether he meant radical clerics would be forced to leave, he said those with dual citizenship could possibly be asked to move to the other country. Education Minister Brendan Nelson later told reporters that Muslims who did not want to accept local values should “clear off. Basically people who don’t want to be Australians, and who don’t want, to live by Australian values and understand them, well then, they can basically clear off”, he said.

    Separately, Howard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation’s mosques. Quote: “IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.”

    “However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled when the ‘politically correct’ crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others. I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to Australia.”

    “However, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some born here, need to understand.”

    “This idea of Australia being a multi-cultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. And as Australians, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle.”

    “This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom”

    “We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society. Learn the language!”

    “Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.”

    “We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.”

    “If the Southern Cross offends you, or you don’t like “A Fair Go”, then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don’t care how you did things where you came from. By all means, keep your culture, but do not force it on others.

    “This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you to take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, ‘THE RIGHT TO LEAVE’.”

    “If you aren’t happy here then LEAVE. We didn’t force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.”

    ———————————————————————————-

    God bless you all.

  9. Gaby Says:

    Myshanks, my friend you would remember the Aussies kicking out John Howard’s Government 9 months ago despite all this spitfire about ‘ patritiosm down under’.

    The people protesting are doing it because they have nothing else to do or else they stand to gain by protesting. Let’s not forget the wise Doctor’s dictum- Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel (I would have thot it the first refuge!). By the way who are this WE you refer to ?

  10. Anonymous Guy Says:

    There are crores of hindu gods. Hell – everything is a god to someone or the other.

    If we stop banning all the things which are gods in India from being depicted in some other form – we would run out of things to ban…

  11. Abhi Says:

    Good verdict. Now what’s remaining is to treat all gods of all religions’ the same way.

  12. Chintaka Says:

    Gaby,

    Australians kicking Howard may be for various other reasons. Atleast this guy had the guts to say what he had to say.

    By the way, read my earlier post. Any comments on that? Where MF has said nudity = humiliation….

  13. myshanks Says:

    Agreed he was defeated. But lets not go into details of his election and reasons for his defeat.

    Lets not talk about patriotism by referred to by the ‘wise doctor’.

    Kindly read about it here: http://www.samueljohnson.com/refuge.html

    When I said WE I was referring to people who do NOT subscribe to what Hussian had done and the arguments in support by so called “Secular People” perhaps like YOU.

    But do you have any argument on other issues/organisations, that I have raised?

  14. TAKLU Says:

    @Gaby

    please visit

    http://www.thesundayindian.com/14092008/storyd.asp?sid=5571&pageno=1

  15. Tathagata Mukherji Says:

    Court also gave verdict on Shah Banu, Taslima’s book, Da Vinci Screening just to name a few. What happened to those verdicts? Why Govts surrendered to those who objected?

    This is not the only painting where MF Hussian used nudity to sacred objects of Hinduism. It was done also in case of Saraswati.

    Chitrabhanu Majumdar, an ‘eminent’ artist, painted a “Durga” and placed a Condom before it with words – “For single use only”.

    Unless we believe that Court order is applicable ONLY to majority, while for minority its applicable selectively- I am afraid we are communalizing the “freedom of speech” to a great degree.

  16. Tathagata Mukherji Says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/index.html?curid=9377245

    This is the scared Bharat Mata drawn by Abanindranath Tagore at the peak of Indian Nationalism in 1905. Just compare this drawing with Husain’s- and judge yourself.

    And FYI, not all artists support Husain’s paintings outraging Hindu sensitibilities.

    Ganesh Halui, Ganesh Pyne are eminent and senior painters from Calcutta. They objected to depiction of Saraswati, Bharat Mata by Husain.

  17. Vinay Says:

    myshanks:

    You’ve got a huge list of questions, haven’t you? “Do you have the spine, do you have the spine…..” Huh. Realize that almost all topics you have mentioned have already been written about in Churumuri, and several other places. Whenever there is a religious angle involved, people like you start jumping up and down with this standard question: “Why don’t you do the same for Islam”, etc. As though you know the history of every word of protest uttered by every human being on earth.

    Your subseqent writing is too idiotic for words. “Preventing Kids is also moral policing…. etc. etc.” Wonderful comparison between “kids” and “Mature Adults”. Is that all you can come up with?

    Gurudwara is not a “Public Place”, it is a private place maintained by a trust (private entity), and they have every right to formulate their own rules. Just like your house is your private property, Gurudwaras are the private property of a group of people.

    There are enough protests and discussions regarding legalizing pornography, legalizing drugs, legalizing public drinking, etc. There are opinions on both sides, several people have debated all your issues. No ‘memorial function’ has had to br arranged in the vast majority of cases.

    And whats that you say? YOU are allowing US to protest? Huh? who’s YOU and who’s US? First define these two terms??

  18. curryhurry Says:

    off topic.. Our renowned HRD minister found the image of the lotus
    in the logo of KV schools as it did not reflect scientific temper . LOL

    http://www.indianexpress.com/story/355199.html

  19. sathya Says:

    Bharat maata, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing. You can be shown in any form, colour,clothings,styles….Bear with them for it is you have given birth to them.

  20. gaby Says:

    Chintaka, wasn’t Howard kicked out for the same reason you quote albeit in a different interpretation for talking rubbish. What you call guts is what I call hollow bravado. Howard’s talk reeks of political irresponsibility dangerously close to the Apartheid regime of South Africa when he gives all credit of an ‘ Australian’ culture to a White, Christian ethos. After all Australia needs Asia and Immigration rather than the other way round.
    Also my friend, if the wise doctor can be confused, Iam sure M F Hussain can be as well. His description of humiliation and nudity is stupid and laughable to say the least.
    Myshanks, I was referring to a doctor actually wiser ( in my opinion) than the boring Johnson. I am talking of Ambrose Bierce- “In Dr. Johnson’s famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer, I beg to submit that it is the first.”—Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary, at entry for patriotism, The Collected Writings of Ambrose Bierce, p. 323 (1946, reprinted 1973).
    I am sorry but I cant for the life of me see any issues you raise other the usual rantings.
    Taklu the link you send takes me to a write-up as sensible as MF Hussain’s Gajagamini!
    Personally I dont think Hussain is a genius etc etc. I find Hussain’s work amoral and therefore pathetic. Also the SC might have done better to have stuck to his right to be an artist (even a mediocre one) rather than get into an argument of aesthetics.
    For those in those who live in the cloisters of calendar art and think Hindu gods were never depicted nude the Hindu tradition of Tantra will make no sense. But my Hindusim is a pretty large-hearted and strong faith one and can accommodate Kalidasa’s eighth canto of the Kumara Sambhava, the nude and hunky Shiva in daruka vana, the Chinna Masta Devi who thrives on a copulating Rati and Manmatha and the utter vairagya of Bahubali ( Admittedly the last is not pure Hinduism).
    If the Mullahs of Islam or the Evangelicalists of Midwest America get all scratchy in the balls about nudity,well it’s they who are stupid.

  21. Justfine Says:

    I just hope the judge doesn’t get killed by these “true patriots” and “Saviors of Hinduism”.

    What exactly hurts the sentiments in our country? Does this picture hurt –

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3071/2615932627_6a37326070.jpg?v=0

    or The Simpsons episode where he goes to heaven and meets crazy jesus? What exactly?

  22. Tathagata Mukherji Says:

    Gaby>>If the Mullahs of Islam or the Evangelicalists of Midwest America get all scratchy in the balls about nudity,well it’s they who are stupid.

    The issue here is NOT what the Supreme Court have ruled on MF Hussain. They have followed same standard on Taslima’s book, or Da Vinci Screening.

    The issue here is the bunch of “secular fundoos”, HR activists who speak FOR Hussian, and AGAINST Da Vinci/Taslima.

    Its this double standard that has communalized the society and given birth to rise of Hindu rightwing.

  23. kkr Says:

    Moral

    there is freedom of expression in our country as long as you go by the rules … funny

    Come on guys.. if he wants to express his artistic feelings in such a way let him. the constitution allows that and it also your right to protest and speak your view on it , But no destroying of paintings.. physical attacks…

    I think you guys also live in medieval times as the Mullahs..

    In btw.. some guy was going on blabbering about Australia with excerpts from rightwing Australian Politians. what the hell it has to do with this.

    You paint a nude picture of Jesus or Mary and exhibit in Sydney… do you thing people will be attacking your home … freezing your accounts and you will have to go in exile.. I don’t think so. that’s the difference between definition of values..

    And in btw FYI

    INDIA IS A SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC

    not a Hindu Rashtra (at least as of now). So its ridiculous comparing our values with religious basis of some commonwealth European emigrant countries. get a life guys..

  24. Vishnu Kumar Says:

    Well art is supposed to stir up all these emotions and conversations, i think he’s done pretty damn! good.

    @Chintaka, If you want to understand his art, you got understand him and vice versa. The same words in a different context mean different things… same pertains to art.

  25. Rama Says:

    Which is the best place to be in for Hussain? Goa or Hyderabad?

  26. Poli Hudga Says:

    @KKR

    INDIA IS A
    SOVEREIGN (all opposition parties believe we aren’t after N-deal)
    SOCIALIST (No, we are capitalist in the ages of SEZ)
    SECULAR (but we can’t tolerate other religions)
    DEMOCRATIC (which doesn’t function all that well)
    REPUBLIC (haha, truly a mirage)

  27. Ashwini Prasad Says:

    If you criticise hindu god and goddes then it will be ” FREEDOM OF SPEECH” ,’CREATIVITY”..But if you say something about other communites then it will be” EXPLIOTATION OF THEIR FEELINGS”.M.F.Hussain is a coward he paints vulugrly and when protests starts he will just go and hide some where only people has to tach him a lesson.

  28. SSJ Vegeta Says:

    I think its a shame that such a judgment has been passed. As an Indian I, and I am sure there are millions of other Indians, who cannot tolerate to see our country displayed in such a abominable fashion. This painting is not pleasing or entertaining to the mind, so it definitely does not qualify as a piece of art. It doesn’t really matter if in other countries such works are considered as art, we are a different country so we have a different opinion. That does not make us backward/undeveloped/undemocratic in any way. I am not sure how the defeat of John Howard or Australia is connected to this in any way.

    Also, I fail to understand that how such a gross painting can be considered freedom of speech. This painting is a clear indication of a demented mind.

    This does not call for burning down of paintings/riots in cities. The best way to deal with this issue is to forget about it as an unfortunate incident.

  29. SumneNeeve Says:

    SSJV says: I am not sure how the defeat of John Howard or Australia is connected to this in any way.

    Actually even I didnt get that :)

  30. ks Says:

    Wanna become an ‘eminent’ artist…?Try painting one of the million Hindu goddesses nude and thousands of so called Hindu protectors will be up in arms and secular media will come to your rescue ..Yesterday you were unheard of ….Now you’re a popular painter who didn’t bow down to fundamentalist in spite of his great work of art had to face stiff opposition from fundamentalist!!

  31. Bhagwat Shah Says:

    If MF Hussain was painting this as art for art sake, I would have no problems. But, his record shows he seems to denigrate Hindu icons by denuding them and putting them in suggestive poses, whilst being more respectful of muslim subjects and always clothing them.

    I have no problems with nudity in art, its only when its used to consistently to humiliate Hindus that I have a problem. Sadly, our government and its machinery is too blinkered to see this.

  32. Poli Hudga Says:

    Victorian Hindu Fundamentalist attitude is responsible for all the havoc. To put things in perspective fundamentally Hinduism doesn’t view nudity as blasphemous unlike Islam or any other religion. Its just the case of painter’s religion which is causing issue, if the same painting was done by a Ram or Laxman it wouldn’t have been noticed at all!

  33. Indian Says:

    Hussain is a mad fellow.If he is so fond of nudity let his paint his family members and his relatives,Mullas(including himself) fully nude.

  34. Anonymous Guy Says:

    Indian,

    So all the Indian temples with nude sculptures were made by mad people who used their family members are models?

  35. Prashanth Says:

    @AG

    Indian Temples have Shilpas depicted as Nude not the God/Godess. This M F H has used ONLY Hindu Gods/Mother India to show his talent for Nudity.

    If it is Art, it sould not be hurting ones belief/Sentiments….while the Very Intent of M F H is that….

    ನಾವೆಲ್ಲ ನರ ಸತ್ತ ಜನರಲ್ಲವೆ!

    :-|

  36. Kadana Kuthuhala Says:

    I like this piece of art..makes one fall in love with india!!!

  37. Abhi Says:

    I am sick of listening to this constant ‘offending’ self pity raga that religious people are imposing on everyone. As Pat Condell says – “I don’t respect your beliefs and I don’t care of you are offended”.

  38. Vishnu Kumar Says:

    I don’t believe a a person born in India is purely Hindu or purely Muslim or purely Sikh…. similar to a north Indian say born in south India he is neither. or a tamilian in karnataka.

    Born into a pretty conservative Hindu family i went to a catholic school. I wasn’t taught Christianity or Hinduism, we just had a class called Moral Science.Even though, (personally) i don’t believe in the pope or the bible, there are some things about religion i like and i have tried to put into my life.

    I think its the same with Hussain he has had all these Hindu influences around him like say the people, architecture, values, symbolism and idols and he has tried to express his feelings towards Bharat Mata in his work.

    Like ‘Anonymous Guy’ said Hussain has probably been inspired by images of nude gods and goddesses maybe from Khajuraho (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khajuraho) or the kamasutra and tried re-imagine the CONTEMPORARY Hindu goddess/god.

    Maybe Bharat Mata is the contemporary Hindu (no scratch that) “Indian Godess”.

  39. sanaatan Says:

    >>Vishnu Kumar Says: 11 September 2008 at 7:15 am


    Like ‘Anonymous Guy’ said Hussain has probably been inspired by images of nude gods and goddesses maybe from Khajuraho …
    >>

    Mr Vishnu Kumar!, Be aware that the nude images on Khajuraho are not of gods and goddesses.

    BTW, your name seems to be strange! Why argue using wrong identities! You must be a realtive of AG. :-)

  40. sanaatan Says:

    I’m waiting for a similar art of work by MFH on other religion Gods!

    Recently ony Denmark cartoonist painted similar ART OF WORK!, but alas he got thrashed! What sya (Psuedo)secularists?!

  41. Vishnu Kumar Says:

    @ santaana, ok. but still I think its a pretty evocative gesture to place nude sculptures of men and women in compromising positions on the facade of a temple. What explanation do you have to that.

    ag?? wtvr.

    I think you better go back to school, please ah. Educate yourself a little.
    ignorant funda

    A cartoon is intended to illustrate humor, art on the other hand….

  42. Janasamanya Says:

    Artistic freedom my foot. Freedom in our country has come to mean that anybody can dance naked in the middle of the road and also make another person naked. If anybody raises the question of decency, it is infringement of freedom.

  43. Mayura Says:

    >>@ santaana, ok. but still I think its a pretty evocative gesture to place nude sculptures of men and women in compromising positions on the facade of a temple. What explanation do you have to that. >>

    Vishnu Kumar,

    There was a reason all these nude sculptures were placed on the facade of the temple. The reason is the devotee has to leave all his carnal desires outside the temple before he enters the santum sanctorum, with a pure mind. That is the reason the sculptures outside were depicted nude. You cannot see nude sculptures once you enter the santum sanctorum.

    Hope this helps to clarify your doubt.

    MFH is certainly upto mischeif here. He does not take the same liberty with his own religion or with any other semitic religions to do what he has done to hindu gods/godesses. All this artistic liberty is nonsense, if it hurts the sensibilities of another group of people by such crass representation of what they hold dear. Another reason could be that, MFH is only a mediocre artist who would like to be in limelight by these stunts

  44. shyodha Says:

    Stench of hierocracy stemming from utter cowardliness is nauseating.
    Brainwashed junta is waiving the ‘secular’ card, ‘freedom of speech’ card and calling the other side names while shaking in fear of mohammadans inwardly.
    Stop throwing around the ideas pumped into India’s soul few decades back and think for yourself a little.
    Wonder what would be discussion topic here- if any one, Hindu or otherwise, drew a naked picture of the mohammad, flying from mecca to madeena (he did something of that sort, you know, it is HISTORY) with this privates all twisted in a fine artistic manner? I guess it is not acceptable because mosques do not have such depiction, you see! (Because, such depictions were either removed or the ‘artistes’ were chopped with artistic manner with artistic swords.)
    Would this site splash a picture of a naked mohammad? Can I even dare to ask? Can I pay so that you can publish such drawing? Does anyone in this esteemed group of mostly Kannadigas please tell me?
    When Shekhar Gupta (surprisingly) asked Hussain miyaa the question, would he draw a naked mohammad, Hussain had to be restrained physically. So much for the artistic ethos.

  45. Democracy Says:

    I think MFH forgot to dress the sculpture as he loves nudity. he is an Indian artist, who does not believe in Islam. As for as i know all goddesses are created the same way, with lots of curves and then subsequently beautified with paint and lipstick before they are dressed and then we bow before them. To the best of my knowledge MFH bears a muslim name but he practices hinduism more than any body else (any kind of sculptures are strictly prohibited in Islam forget about this filth). I personally hate this painting that does show his filthy mind and is provocative to many hindu brothers.

  46. shyodha Says:

    Unless islamists stop on their own from harassing others and stop encouraging ummah brothers in indulging activities that hurt others, physically, culturally or otherwise, ‘arts’ such as these will increase. This one is ofcourse, is just a ‘game’. Now, please appreciate the ‘freedom of expression’.
    ["controversial computer game in which an American soldier massacres Muslims has provoked outrage ....'Muslim Massacre', the computer game designed by an American and launched on the anniversary of 9/11 attacks, can be downloaded for free from the Internet.]

    http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Pakistanis-shocked-over-Muslim-Massacre-game/360569/

  47. Prashanth Says:

    Well Said shyodha, I support your view.

  48. Vishnu Kumar Says:

    @ Mayura, Ok well thats ‘1’ interpretation. why only nude sculptures ?
    where men and women of the time perverts ? Why so.
    Why arent there images of people stealing and murdering and so on.

    Stop judging a book by its cover. Come man think, stop making stereotypical references to a situation without understanding it.

  49. mayura Says:

    >>Why arent there images of people stealing and murdering and so on.
    >>

    Sex is a natural instinct for humans, but not stealing and murder, even though some people have this tendency. There were punishments for stealing and murder, but no punishment for indulging in sex.

    Hope this helps.

  50. Vishnu Kumar Says:

    What are you trying to say ???? ‘natural tendency’ and ‘carnal desire’ is not the same thing.

    whats wrong with sex then, if its a natural tendency. Why would the gods be offended, they did create us right ?

  51. Indian Homemaker Says:

    50+ comments!! Loved this …

    the connoisseurs who know exactly what we should see, hear, wear, watch, read, write, paint, feel and think. Or else.

    Why do some of us need them to choose for us?

  52. Cool Dude Says:

    First of all Personification of Nation is crap. Once that is done, she/he can be fully dressed or can appear nude.. Definitely artist who draws the personified image, has a choice.

  53. Emmy Says:

    Why not have Muslim prophets in the nude!(Well, since their “God” doesnt have a known form – in their defense!!)
    How about Ibrahim, Mohammed, or even better…Fatema!!(not that she’s a prophet)
    Now that would be a fresh change from all the attention the Hindu Gods seem to be getting!!

    PS – its so sad that one person has the power to stir such hostile mass feelings between communities. But I’m not a practising Hindu of sorts but this still makes my blood boil!!

  54. Aruna Says:

    @Gaby
    This is the herd crowd. They object to baba ramdev being kicked out from Delhi but they nod to Hussain’s deportation.
    Most of these people have not been to Vijayanagara and do not know what actually our culture was/is. PK Shashtri’s Indian history books would be a nice start.

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