MF Hussain to lose home for nude ‘Mother India’

 MUMBAI: A leading Indian painter is losing his home and other properties after failing to appear before a court trying him for hurting religious sentiments by painting “Mother India” as a naked woman.

Maqbool Fida Husain’s paintings have often depicted revered Hindu gods and goddesses in the nude, sparking criticism from nationalist parties and activists. A decade ago, radicals even attacked his Mumbai home.

The painting at issue in the latest controversy shows a naked woman in front of a wheel resembling the one used in India’s national flag. The names of some of India’s states are written across her body.

A similar composition of a sari-clad woman with a wheel – a Buddhist symbol known in Hindi as the dharma chakra – in the background is used to portray “Mother India” in many patriotic publications.

Husain’s work drew protests and several court cases were filed against the 91-year-old painter who lives in self-imposed exile in Dubai and London.

“He did not answer repeated summons from one of the courts which has now issued a proclamation to attach his properties,” Mumbai police official Brijesh Singh said.

“We have pasted the attachment proclamation notice on his home and are checking if he owns any more properties,” he added.

Akhil Sibal, Husain’s lawyer, said, “My client was unaware of any summons from court. Now that we have come to know we are moving to the Supreme Court. This is a politically-motivated case.”

Rightwing groups have called for the arrest of Husain, whose flowing white locks and beard, and habit of walking barefoot, have become iconic in Indian art circles.

In the past, Husain has received support from moderate, progressive Hindus, and on one occasion a former prime minister intervened to ensure no action was taken against him. reuters

Published on May 8, 2007 at 6:03 am  Comments (26)  

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  1. M.F.Hussain has the right to paint what he wants. Art should not have any boundaries, as long as it is not ‘attacked’ on anyone. I do not think painting ‘mother India’ in the style he has chosen is wrong, as it is an expression…. There is always two sides at looking something. People view art based on personal reflection of their own lives. Paintings depict a space within us, that is often veiled by the norms of society. It is a shame that India is lacking any progress to look beyond the mundane. I salute Maqbool Fida Hussain and wish him the best of luck!

    • Why he does not try depicting someone from Muslim or Sikh figures instead of Bharat Mata or Hindu Gods then he wil know how artful that will be.
      Please check yourself in the attached blog.
      Thanks,

      http://banmfhussein.blogspot.com/

    • Yes Art should not have boundaries but Art should not disrespect other persons belief. If MF is free artist he should paint all painting in similar fashion but if you see his painting you can see partiality.
      If you saw his paintings about his family and religion he always respect his family and disrespect Indian God and India as a country

      http://www.hindujagruti.org/activities/campaigns/national/mfhussain-campaign/

      He always got inspired to paint India God Mother India, but he never painted nude his own mother or daughter.

      Here are the reason why I dislike MF Hussain.
      1.

      Representing India as a woman being raped, is nothing but terrible denigration. For an Indian, ‘Bharat Mata’ (Mother India) is a Goddess and not some figurative concept and showcasing her in this manner is highly outrageous and a completely unacceptable form of denigration.
      2.

      It would be appropriate to ask MF Husain if he would have dared to make a similar painting had there been an attack on the UK, the UAE or Qatar and named it the ‘Rape of UK, UAE or Qatar’ ? (Husain has recently become a citizen of Qatar)
      3.

      What is MF Husain’s sick fascination for having sex with animals ? Why does he repeatedly superimpose his dirty minded eroticism on Deities ?
      4.

      Why has he split the canvas in half ? Does he want to suggest that India will spilt ? Why this divisive implication that India will crumble under attack ?
      5.

      Why has he painted the blood that has been spilt in the colour green ? And also the two bulls with green faces. The offenders of the cowardly terrorist attacks that India is facing, are the people who are symbolized by the colour green, and not the other way around. Does he expect the Islamisation of India ?
      6.

      India has been wounded by innumerable terrorist attacks. Instead of expressing her pain, MF Husain has humiliated her and has added insult to her injury by showing her being raped and that too with the perverted suggestion of an animal straddling her and of a man pulling at her blouse and staring at her breast.
      7.

      If MF Husain is truly an artist (as claimed by the artist community) and that all his thoughts about being outraged by terrorism were genuine, then why does he not paint others being nude and having sex with animals ? But as we have observed he depicts only India and Hindus in this manner.
      8.

      Thus, for these reasons this painting is unacceptable to an Indian and it hurts and rapes our sensibilities.

  2. If thats true, then how about a cartoon on Mohammed and creating a teddy by the name Mohammed ?

    Shouldn’t that be freedom of expression as well?

    -Subeer

  3. Why is he drawing Hitler nude ?

    Why does not he draw, his mother, and other islamic women in nude painting ?

    He is a hypocrite.

    • Yes, bring Hussain back after extradition and stand trial in the criminal cases registered against him. Who stops him from defending himself??

      He was not forced into exile, but went volantarily. There is no FATWA on his head, is there?

      Why does he draw Hitler. To humiliate him, as he says. So he paints Hindu deities and Hindus naked just to humiliate them.

  4. MF hussain long live.Because he has created masterpieces
    of Bharath Matha, Hanumanji,Seethamatha and art has no bounderies. I wish I could paint Mother theresa,Mohammed
    in nude and pig form no.no.. nooo. Let Hussain live longer
    so that he will get a chance to do better nudepaintings
    of his sister, theresa, and his prophet.God bless him in his wishfull thinking

  5. This man is a genius. The sooner these Indian people realize this the sooner India can come out of the last century it’s still living in (and by that I mean the start of the last century).

    Sankar, (above), It’s called art. If he wanted to, he could paint Hitler as a saint, in the nude wearing a rose in his hair. Some people would say ‘HOW DARE HE, Hitler was nothing like that’. Others would say ‘JUST IMAGINE, If Hitler had be like that’.

  6. I would really appreciate his open thinking if he could draw his daughter or mother nude sitting on his lap satisfying him holding their holy book on the other hand.
    If he could draw that, I would REALLY agree his non-hypocrite talent. NO QUESTIONS ASKED. CAN HE DO THAT??
    I wouldn’nt be surprised if he draws something like that soon, since he is an incest which is deep-rooted in his religion.

  7. Those who say that this is just an art please imagine your mother instead of my mother Bharat Ma in the same painting, u will understand the pain. This is not an art but just hypocrasy.

  8. You people clearly are uneducated when it comes to art. That is what makes me so ANGRY about India. They spit out intelligent doctors/engineers yet they can not progress themselves. What he has painted is sheer BEAUTY! India in a nude is beautiful, not disgraceful. Italians would look upon a painting like this and admire it for what it is. The form, the contour it is all there. The expression is there. What is wrong with India? If they want to be taken seriously in this world they need to start acting serious. And stop being a bunch of immature adolescents.

    • Hi Supriya, I want to see you in nude or your mom or sister. Can you post those photos? I would appreciate since it would be a fine art.

      Waiting for those pics :-;

    • It takes time. To Westerners, the MF Husain controversy seems absurd but it took us almost 700 years to break the stranglehold of religion in our cultural life. Technology is easy because you (usually) don’t have to fight the religious, who like air conditioning and modern medicine like everyone else. But culture? That takes time, lots of time.

  9. chuma chuma dey dey ….la la oho la la oho ….disco dewani hey – aha uho la la la….li lil lil

  10. One can paint any one nude including Bharatmatha , prophets saints someone’s mother etc.etc. But he/she needs to be prepared for the reactions of those who love,respect or adore those . If calling you bast…. is my right then slapping on my face is your right too. Hussain is no exception.

  11. I agree that Husain can paint what he wants. But there is no need to discriminate. I dare him to paint his prophet Mohammed in the nude or in implied sexual acts with animals.
    He paints Yemeni women with their faces covered. Why not show them in the nude or semi nude?

  12. Just as the painter cannot be forced to paint something, likewise, the public shouldn’t be forced to accept an offense. Art should not be thought-provoking, not insulting.

  13. The man is a genius maybe but after looking at ma durga sketched as naked and having sexual union with a tiger. I think he is demented one. Freedom of expression does not mean freedom to hurt and disrespect other’s feelings.

    Certainly depicting Bharat mata and Durga mata in such obscene ways requires legal action and I am glad action is being taken to bring this senile man to his senses.

  14. HUSSIAN IS A DESH DROHI

  15. The job of an artist is to challenge traditional ways of thinking. Conservatives in every country are similar, they simply cannot handle a challenge to their traditional way of thinking. MFH’s life is sort of a parallel to the progress of India as a secular nation. That secularism is often under threat…

    Incidentally, why is nudity such a terrible thing?
    M.F.Husain is a great artist, to me. The threat to secularism from India’s hindu fundamentalists is no different, essentially, from the threat to America’s secularism from Christain fundamentalists. As a Hindu myself, I don’t find MF’s art offensive. I am only offended by attempts to end his freedom of expression.

  16. he is a wild man.

  17. If He is a good artist ,,he is also mandatory to be a good person by his mind and giving respect to others …
    we cannot accept whataver he paints and thinks,,,

    If he comes to public ,somebody needs to draw his own body painting in news papers that is without his head…..

  18. AN ARTIST GOT FREEDOM TO PERFORM HIS ART AS HE WISHES. IF SOMEONE DONT LIKE IT THEN IGNORE IT BUT YOU CANT GIVE BOUNDARIES TO ARTIST.

  19. Good riddance! Let him live in Qatar and draw their women in the nude. Let his art have no boundaries there. If nudity is acceptable to some people, let him draw them in the nude. It is not acceptable to the majority of Hindus in India who otherwise have been extremely tolerant over centuries.

  20. Why he ran away from India..Why he painted such nude gods?

    1.

    Representing India as a woman being raped, is nothing but terrible denigration. For an Indian, ‘Bharat Mata’ (Mother India) is a Goddess and not some figurative concept and showcasing her in this manner is highly outrageous and a completely unacceptable form of denigration.
    2.

    It would be appropriate to ask MF Husain if he would have dared to make a similar painting had there been an attack on the UK, the UAE or Qatar and named it the ‘Rape of UK, UAE or Qatar’ ? (Husain has recently become a citizen of Qatar)
    3.

    What is MF Husain’s sick fascination for having sex with animals ? Why does he repeatedly superimpose his dirty minded eroticism on Deities ?
    4.

    Why has he split the canvas in half ? Does he want to suggest that India will spilt ? Why this divisive implication that India will crumble under attack ?
    5.

    Why has he painted the blood that has been spilt in the colour green ? And also the two bulls with green faces. The offenders of the cowardly terrorist attacks that India is facing, are the people who are symbolized by the colour green, and not the other way around. Does he expect the Islamisation of India ?
    6.

    India has been wounded by innumerable terrorist attacks. Instead of expressing her pain, MF Husain has humiliated her and has added insult to her injury by showing her being raped and that too with the perverted suggestion of an animal straddling her and of a man pulling at her blouse and staring at her breast.
    7.

    If MF Husain is truly an artist (as claimed by the artist community) and that all his thoughts about being outraged by terrorism were genuine, then why does he not paint others being nude and having sex with animals ? But as we have observed he depicts only India and Hindus in this manner.
    8.

    Thus, for these reasons this painting is unacceptable to an Indian and it hurts and rapes our sensibilities.

  21. He is the real terror. If I found him meanss i’ll kill him, one question to all indian muslims if he paint ur stupid paigamber or ur allha in necked how you feel. I want to fuck hussain daughter. Jai Sri Ram


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