Monday, March 1, 2010

No end to persecution of artists

Persecution is older than history. It is probably as old as civilisation. Every period in history is replete with instances of persecution, mainly aimed at hindering free expression of ideas.

In India, artists and authors continue to suffer for giving wings to their expression. M F Husain is the latest to join the long list. Numerous talented Indians have become NRIs but no one attracted as much attention as Husain did after being conferred the honorary citizenship of Qatar.

He symbolises persecution at the hands of a few intolerants and, unfortunately, the governments and courts have done precious little to give a sense of security to this celebrated painter, who has been conferred all three Padma awards and had been once nominated to the Rajya Sabha.

Full report here Times of India

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