Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I love India, but she doesnt need me: MF Husain

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    • Bharatiya Vichara Kendra director P. Parameswaran has criticised painter M.F. Hussain for consistently denigrating Indian culture.


       In a press release issued on Sunday in the background of the news that Hussain had accepted Qatar nationality, Parameswaran said that in the name of artistic freedom Hussain had painted Hindu gods and goddesses and even Bharat Matha in a manner, which deeply hurt the sentiments and sensibilities of patriotic Indians.


       That M.F. Hussain has accepted Qatar nationality is good news, good for him and good for India. He got what he desired and lost what he hardly deserved, the statement said.


       He had to leave India because of the intense anger of his misusing artistic freedom. Now, he is free to utilise his newly-won nationality to make full commercial benefit of his negative artistic talents while staying abroad, the statement said.
    •  The “righteous indignation!’’ of the human rights activists in the case of Hussain is to be seen in comparison to to their silent acquiescence of the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama half-a- century-old exile in India. Hussain had to leave India for denigrating Indian culture, whereas Dalai Lama was forced to leave Tibet in order to protect and practise the millennium-old tradition and culture of Tibet.


       It will indeed be interesting to watch if Hussain utilises his freedom as a Qatar national to produce paintings of Islamic symbols in the manner in which he has been painting Hindu icons and symbols. That would also show how genuine is his secularism and the independence of his vociferous supporters in India, he said.

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