There's an intriguing juxtaposition between the violence of the art-work and the violence of nationalism. Which perhaps explains why the educated middle class is essentially in agreement with the VHP that art shouldn't "cause offence".
An ex-student writes to the Vice-Chancellor, reminding him that "he is not sitting either in Parliament or the State Assembly as a spokesperson of Hindu fundamentalist forces...that he is not standing on street corner preparing for a gang-war."
MF Husain, arson and mayhem in the Dinakaran's Madurai offices, and now, before one could celebrate the SC overturning the ban on James Laine's book on Shivaji, the bizarre and outrageous happenings in Vadodara.
The renowned artist says "In a civilized society any dispute on a controversial depiction or content of a work of art can be dealt with through dialogue and consultation with experts in the field rather than left to self-appointed moral police employ