Sharmila Tagore and M.F. Hussain

Posted: February 28, 2010 in Uncategorized
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The most special feature of NDTV’s discussion anchored by Barkha Dutt on M.F. Hussain accepting Qatar citizenship (Feb.28, 2010) was Ayesha Sultan’s harangue on how the whole thing was shameful for India.

Ayesha Sultan goes about in public by the name of Sharmila Tagore, and is the wife of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and mother of Saif Ali Khan, Saba Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan. She converted to Islam when she married Pataudi. The question is, why she is getting so angry when Hussain is converting to Qatar!

NDTV meant it to be just that way — the star up there on the monitor looking down upon all the panelists who have to look up to her. She was given a completely free say and continued on and on. Pataudi must have loved the way she batted (her eyelids, that is)! NDTV also highlighted the fact that naked portrayals of Hindu gods was not such a great thing by showing the erotic nudes of Khajuraho temple. Of course Hinduism does not consider sex as a sign of original sin even as it does not picture an after-life with beautiful women. But it also does not portray its deities as orgiastic satyrs!

Ashok Vajpayi, Hindi poet and present chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi, made another fantastic proposal. Give M.F. Hussain a Bharat Ratna! For forsaking India for Qatar?

Considering that Vajpayi is under fire from the LKA’s general council itself, could he have done better to show on which side of the political fence he is. A fine shot by a man described as an officer with ‘unflinching loyalty to Arjun Singh’ (who gave him Bharat Bhavan).

In an India where freedom means only freedom to insult Hinduism at every turn, even a mumble from the faithful about unjustified insults can only mean obscurantism and fundamentalism. It is this utter insensitivity that gives some goons scope to go for those taking Hindu sentiments for granted.

Personally I am not for attacking those who try to belittle Hinduism. To be meaningul in a spiritual way, an objective that Hinduism can genuinely aspire to, it should strengthen and purify itself from inside.

But not everybody is used to taking insults quietly.

While the law must be forcefully used against them, even those taunting them should be prosecuted.

A genuine state will take action both against Hussain and those who visit violence upon him in any way.

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