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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Shashi Tharoor, M F Husain and paintings of Hindu Goddesses

I came to know about Shashi Tharoor when he was in news in relation to the election of UN Secretary General. Similarly, I came to know about M F Husain when he painted Hindu Goddesses in nude. After that I have seen Shashi Tharoor’s articles in Times of India. Today I saw his article on Husain - ‘It is time to stop harassing M F Husain’. This is the second article he has written on Husain. He seems to be hurt on the hurt caused by some people to Husain. This time he has used the word harassment.

I am a Hindu and Husain is a Muslim. I am clear about the practices of Hinduism. I am sure Husain is clear about the practices of Islam. So, let us not bring religion into it. I will like to relate with Husain as one human being to another. Husain is a painter. He creates work of art. In my opinion, if a work of art hurts someone then it is not a work of art. It becomes a tool of violence to hurt others.

I also do not wish to go into arguments of freedom of expression and all that. I leave it to Husain to decide. He is a painter and a good painter is a good human being. He should be able to feel the hurt of others. If he is not able to feel it then he is not a good painter.

Shashi Tharoor is trying to justify the hurt caused by Husain to others, but he is not feeling the hurt of others caused by Husain to others, and that is where the problem lies. Arguments, counter arguments will not stop what he termed as harassment. It will be stopped only by understanding and respecting each others’ feelings, and initiative for that should come from Husain, as it is his work of art which has created the problem.

4 comments:

Murali said...

As you mentioned, Hussain has understood his very own sentiments and not that of others.

It doesnt require great thinking to forsee the reactions, especially those which touch upon religious sentiments. Iam sure Hussain while creating his so-called master pieces of Hindu godsdess in the nude would have very well fathomed the reaftions and despite has gone ahead and put it for public display. This is clear arrogance, knowing well that there will be many Shashi Tharoors for his support.

Rakesh said...

I agree with you and also Murli. These people show such arrogance only with Hindus. They have no guts to talk these things about Muslims and Islam. See the case of Taslima Nasreen.

Dr. Anjesh Kanaglekar said...

Dear Sir,
I really appriciate your views and comments. I am sure you would line this link hence sending it for u.. regards

http://protestnudebharatmatha.blogspot.com/2007/08/protest-nude-bharat-matha.html

http://www.hindujagruti.org/activities/campaigns/national/mfhussain-campaign/

regards
Dr. Anjesh
dranjesh@rediffmail.com

Anonymous said...

M.F.Hussain is a fugitive who ran away from his own country knowing fully well that the law was catching up with him, so folks no mercy for such a coward Indian who deliberately portrayed Hindu Gods nude. I say deliberatly, because he never duplicated this feat by portraying his own prophet. Hence shame on him.