I might be called a religious fanatic if I try to justify why I, a Hindu, was offended by MF's paintings but who cares - my answers to the liberals
- The painting were drawn in 70's - why such hulla in the 90's? Information spread quickly in the 90's as compared the 70's. People were better educated, more aware of their rights and probably, had more sense of swabhiman!!
- See you backyard - what is Khajuraho - isnt it a pornographic description? 1st I personally believe indian society was much liberal and it amalgamated due to coming of the Islam and Victorial culture (let it leave for some other topic). Now on question of Khajuraho - whatever pornography they have carved out of stone do not depict Nude goddess or deities!!!
- Artistic freedom of expression - shouldn't he be allowed to express himself? Yes he is and on should express but shouldn't he also think about the feelings he might hurt. I condemn the Danish cartoon drawn because of insensitivity towards the Muslims but shouldn't I, by the same yardstick, condemn this great artist?? Did MF Hussain ever supported the cartoonist saying that he should be allowed 'freedom of expression'? Did he tried to depict any Muslim symbol as nude?
- Nude goddess are pure - but then why all the of his muslims drawing clothed? If he was an out an out 'Nude painter', I won't have any problems with his nude paitings of goddesses but he seemed to have selective nudity in mind.
P.S. I, seriously, do need feel offended by the paintings (who cares - I am more of a spiritual atheist and believe real hinduism, per se, do not care about these things) but the reason that liberals will abuse conservatives for all India ills without knowing the facts made me write this short post!!!