Rang roop vesh bhusha chache anek hain.
Remember that animated movie on Doordarshan? Sure all that is bullshit. When it comes to cold hard facts, Hind desh ke nivasi are always fighting over language, region, religion, caste, class, skin colour, and whatever else suits our fancy.
The North Indians are irked by the South Indians and the South Indians don’t really ooze love for their Northern counterparts. Heck, even people from two neighboring states don’t get along very well. Amidst all this are the stupid politicians and people in the public eye who are constantly riling people up, talking about preserving regional language and culture and making life hell for people from other cities who are making a living in theirs.
But then, we all know that already, don’t we? And we are not really shocked by such behavior. But amidst all this, somewhere deep down, we are accepting of all kinds of people. We fight, but then we are a people of all kinds of cultures, religions and habits, living together, and not splitting into a 100 different countries, just because we are different. We also accept all kinds of people who can express themselves in different ways. Sure, authors, artists and other creative personalities have faced a lot of anger or violence sometimes, because their expression has hurt some people, but still, I believe we are way better than any other countries around us. Imagine my shock then, when I learnt what M.F. Hussain had to recently say about India when he accepted the citizenship of Qatar(and some of the things he had to say about his new country shocked me too). He said he loves India but the country rejected him. I feel for him, that he had to go away from his country for having expressed his creativity, but I can also understand how some people could have gotten hurt by his ‘expression’ of Hindu goddesses in sexual ways. Well, people like you and me can just brush that away but for some others it is hard. Well, I only have one question for Hussain, would he ‘express his creativity’ by depicting any other religion’s sacred symbols in the same way?
And get this,
“I enjoy complete freedom in Qatar. Now Qatar is my place. Here no one controls my freedom of expression. I am very happy here,”
Ahem! All I want to say is, Dude, just try your antics with Islam and you would see how much freedom you then enjoy!
PS: The point of this post is not to diss any particular religion, far from it. I am not a religious person, nor do I care about any such differences. I was just angry that this man, who enjoyed immense publicity and celebrity in India, went out and said that about India, and more than that, he says no one controls his freedom of expression in his new country. It is just a little hard to digest. I guess, other than that, there is really no point to this post!