I have no great understanding of art and I am not competent enough to judge merits of a painting or piece of art but the nonagenarian painter has been putting up many Muslims in the dock again and again.
Whether Saraswati, Bharat Mata and other goddessesÃ‚Â have been painted nude in the past and sculpted in temples in India for centuries is not an issue with me.
In a pluralistic society, we have to draw a line somewhere. We have to be more respectful to the religion of the other though we may be slightly less reverant towards ours.
That is the concept of ‘waza-dari’. A Hindu may say Rama but I will write and say Ramchandra ji or Lord Rama. So is expected of a Hindu to be respectful to Islam.
It is here that MF Husain’s brush makes things complicated. He has a Muslim name. He should be responsible enough. In the past he has erred and apologised. Again he has done and apologised.
If you are such a great artist and value freedom of expression, don’t apologise to anyone. You are not Ã‚Â living in penury and can leave this country if you want. But you keep doing the same mistake again and again.
I strongly condemn your paintings. All the time Indian Muslims are told that they don’t come out openly and condemn acts of blasphemy, heresey when it concerns the other communities, I do that, In my humble, small way.