June 13, 2011

A slap in the face of Indian democracy

for MF Husain 1915—2011   

By Habib Sulemani

India! You're a callous assassin, who declared
Maqbool Fida Husain a blasphemer and killed
him mercilessly outside his home!

Don’t be street smart. The nonagenarian artist
with boyish enthusiasm didn’t die a natural
death—your gangsters forcibly sent him into
exile, which was like separating a newborn from
the mother to die a painful death!

India! You destroyed the barefoot painter as if
he was a grotesque painting of Mother Nature!

You acknowledged the artist as a Desi Picasso
but where the genuine maestros are in this fake
society? I know you really don’t know! The only
thing you know is butchery—killing at state and
communal levels without a ceasefire—that is what
we’ve seen since the supposed independence!

You killed the iconoclastic artist born to a Muslim
family. He had committed no crime—had fallen in
love with the legendary charming Hindu goddesses.
The only thing he could do in this forbidden love
affair was to rely on his imagination—and paint the
deities in nude—but he was not bawdy rude!

The dead artist considered Hinduism more tolerant
and used nudity as a metaphor for purity!

The world went crazy when the artist painted 
and paid in millions for his masterpieces. The 
fakir flourished and soon was in a Ferrari and, 
India, your goons developed criminal jealousy!

You killed an artist with the help of your holy 
gangsters in such a tactful way (like the ISI)
that neither we can call him a martyr nor
register any criminal case against the assassins!

You killed him in a painful way—and our wicked
security forces, who killed an unarmed young man,
Sarfraz Shah, brutally in Karachi, are also
ashamed of your cruelty to an elderly artist!

India! You deserve capital punishment.
Don't be shocked. Death penalty is for
brutal nation-states not human beings!

India! You've become a country of the Hindu Taliban.
There is no more place for any Rabindranath Tagore,
C. V. Raman, Amartya Sen or Khushwant Singh. Now
you totally belong to the Bal Thackerays (similar to
Pakistan, where an Abdus Salam has no place, and the
Islamic Republic belongs to Maulana Fazlus and their
godfather generals). This is the level of intellectual
bankruptcy of a democracy. What a fall from grace!

India! You didn't allow an artist, with a bohemian
lifestyle, to live in his birthplace with all his creative
curiosity, but you officially facilitate televangelists to
spread sectarian, racial and nationalistic hatred
beyond your borders. WTF!

You can't provide bread to the poor but proudly
claim that you’re the would-be global power
(probably with nukes under a loose dhoti).
India! It sounds ridiculous!

You couldn't produce a single leader despite being
the most crowded democracy globally. You’re not 
a country but a family’s personal property—that
can be controlled through puppets or even a puppy!

Nehru betrayed the Gandhi, and hijacked the fakir-like 
founding-father’s surname besides you—the country. 
What a gimmick. It shows a typical ghetto mentality!

India! Where is liberty—the essence of a real democracy?
What was the aim of the self-styled independence: to get
rid of the British colonial rule or adoption of a new type of
slavery? Did the Subcontinent lose over a million lives in
communal violence for this biggest bigotry?

Persecution of writers, poets, painters, sculptors,
scientists and intellectuals is a situation beyond
embarrassment. It’s criminal. Do you understand?

(Oh my gosh! The entire region has got a silly face:
from Bangladesh to Pakistan, and Sri Lanka to
Bhutan, South Asia has become a Talibanistan!)

India! Listen to me carefully! If Scotland can
seek independence from an aging monarchy in
a democratic way—then why not the subdued
South Asians can reject the current toothless
democracy? Soon the younger generation
would be free of the traditional tyranny!

My prose poetry may cause offense to you or other
countries in this tribal region, where everyone has
got a gun and is scanning the neighborhood from
the balcony. Enemy, enemy, everyone is an enemy!

You can laugh at me—I know! But come out 
of the fantasy world (you better leave it for
creative writers) and face the harshest universal
reality. You've to prove yourself as a visionary!

South Asia! Get shot of your weird desi mentality
to get liberty. Talking about liberty is not my
typical poetic rant—it’s a universal decree!

© Habib R. Sulemani 

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16 comments:

  1. "na jayate mriyate va kadachin
    nayam bhutva bhavita va na bhuyah
    ajo nityah sasvato ’yam purano
    na hanyate hanyamane sharire"

    "For the soul there is never birth nor death. Nor, having once been,
    does he ever cease to be. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing,
    undying and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain."

    -- Bhagavad-Geeta (Chapter 2, Verse 20)

    MF Husain lived a full life. He died peacefully at the ripe old age of
    96 at Royal Brompton Hospital in London.

    Even if MF Husain had died a horrible death either after jumping off
    the Kenton Bridge or in a dirty hospital bed at the Northwick Park
    Hospital from corroded intestines, It would have been still totally
    meaningless to distribute पेंडा or बरफी to celebrate his death.

    Husain loved his art and he loved India till the very end.

    9-6-2011

    I have not fled India, said MF Husain in his last interview

    LONDON: M F Husain might have died Qatari citizen, but the legendary
    artist had maintained in one of his last interviews that he was
    neither on self-exile nor had he lost faith in India's democratic
    system.

    Husain, who acquired the citizenship of Qatar in 2010, was an Overseas
    Citizen of India, a category of citizenship introduced by the Indian
    government in 2005 to provide various facilities to foreign citizens
    of Indian origin.

    In his last interview to BBC Hindi in October 2010, the 95-year-old
    painter had said that he left India in 2005 (not in 2006 as widely
    reported), mainly to pursue three major projects, and not because of
    the controversy caused by some paintings upsetting sections of Hindu
    society.

    "I am not in self-exile", the artist, who was one of the pioneers of
    modern art in India, had said firmly.

    Insisting that he believed in India's democracy and legal system,
    Husain said he would not have bothered to take the overseas
    citizenship of India if that were not the case.

    "I am an overseas citizen of India. I can go anytime to India. The
    only thing I can't do is vote; anyway I have never voted in my life.
    There is no ban on me going to India.

    "There are more than 900 cases on me and for the last 12 years I have
    been paying my lawyer 60-70,000 rupees per month because I have not
    fled from Indian legal system. Every summons I get, my lawyer responds
    to it, he said.

    "It is wrong to say that I don't have faith in India's democratic
    system. Why would I have taken the overseas citizenship of India if I
    did not have faith in India's democracy? I got the overseas Indian
    citizenship five days after getting the Qatar citizenship".

    Husain had earlier said that his advancing age made it difficult for
    him to go about attending courts in different parts of India where
    cases were filed against him.

    Reminding the interviewer that he left India in 2005, he said there
    was no controversy at the time.

    He said: "I left India in 2005; then nothing of this (protests by
    Hindu activists) had happened. I wanted to do three major projects
    that I could not do in India, because I needed sponsors. I still deny
    it, I am not in exile".

    "I don't have a studio anywhere. I am like a folk painter, paint and
    move ahead".

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  2. However sincerely, this Pakistani writes:
    "India! Where is liberty—the essence of a real democracy?"
    But he also writes:

    "Barelvi, Deobandi, Wahabi, Sunni and Shia—all
    Muslims are extremists, and then use it for bargaining..."

    I.e. he criticizes mainly theocracy (or murder in the name
    of rival religions), not so much democracy (which at least
    appears more alive in India than in Pakistan.)

    But he is more of an epigrammatist than a poet.
    --
    Don Phillipson
    Carlsbad Springs
    (Ottawa, Canada)

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  3. Anyway if you visit the caves of Ajanta and Ellora you will find the
    entire Kamasutra carved in stones. They are indeed gods and godesses
    in intimate postures. Why don't the Hindus consider that 'nudity'
    instead of works of art? Double standards of course! M. F. Hussain
    only translated his thoughts on the canvas and they declared him a
    blasphemer. He was indeed one of the greatest artists of the current
    era. RIP Fida Hussain. As W. H. Auden would say:

    He was my North, my South, my East and West,
    My working week and my Sunday rest,
    My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
    I thought that love would last forever; I was wrong.

    The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
    Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
    Pour away the oceans and sweep up the woods;
    For nothing can ever come to any good.

    -- in memory of one of the greatest artists of this era. Ab Woh
    Ghorray Bech Ke So Gaya!

    AM

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  4. could this legendary artist(?) or any other muslim will dare to paint paigamber in nude ? if not then hussian deserves what happened to him. not only that he could go to other country and live peacefully there hindus did not try to kill him. just imagine what would have happened to him or any other artistif they have tried to draw paigamber as nude
    anyway your poem is rotten.

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  5. aamir malik : Those are apsaras. And Sita sitting on naked hanumans tail is Art ? Its like drawing naked brother & sister together.

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  6. Habib Sulemani is a Liar because the world known rich artist Maqbool Fida Hussain has not been 'killed mercilessly outside his home' as he has claimed in his post below. He died in Brompton Hospital, London, U.K. on Thursday of old age. He was 95 years old. How long this man wanted him to live? ...

    (Ref: Obituary Column written by Muneeza Naqvi, page 43, Chicago Suntimes June 13, 2011 issue).

    Sulemani wrote, "He had committed no crime—had fallen in love with the legendary charming Hindu goddesses".

    TURKMAN: This is why he was hated by Moslims more than Hindus. He loved to paint Nude Pictures, when even painted Humans is prohibited in Islam forget about painting Nude Humans. He had also painted imaginary nude Pictures of Hindu goddesses, which extremist Hindus considered a Blasphemy. Moslim mobs had gone on killing rampage in all Moslim countries on publishing of a Cartoon of Prophet showing his Turban looking like a Bomb. How would have they felt if a Hindu had painted nude imaginary Picture of...? Sounds like this India Hater had to just to find an excuse to bark against India, where 160 million Moslims live without thousands of them getting killed by Taliban every year, like us in Pakistan and where they have at least protection of 'ChaaDer' and 'Chaar diwaari', unlike in Pakistanis, in Pakistan.

    Hate is our Religion, corruption is our Business, lying, cheating is our Habit ...!

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  7. South Asia has become a Talibanistan?

    Its B.S. no religious extremists of any other religion can equal Taliban. Bangladesh has banned Religious Parties and books of MoDooDi. In Sri Lanka its all Communal Problem, not religious. Nepal and Bhutan have no religious problem either.

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  8. Myself, Mallu. Yourself?June 21, 2011 at 6:34 AM

    There is a limit to righteous bullshit that people spew about M F
    Husain, and hold India responsible for his death. The man died of
    natural causes, at age 95, for crying out loud. Did you expect him to be
    Khizr? Did you expect that living in the proximity of 'zamzam' would
    make the man immortal? Mind you, the man fled into self-imposed exile to
    that "bastion of tolerance" - Qatar. ROTFLMAO. Several enlightened
    western democracies would have gladly given him refuge, if he were truly
    "persecuted".

    After 3 Padma awards (Shri, Bhushan, and Vibhushan) to the man, who went
    from painting movie hoardings to becoming "India's Picasso", the Indian
    state is held responsible for his death? The state should have provided
    him with Category Z security? Why? "Progressive" painters have to
    protected? Why? His contribution to Indian society is zilch. He simply
    made a living off his paintings, and obsessing about Madhuri Dixit (made
    a flop movie starring her too). To elevate this guy to some special
    status is plain stupid.

    Spare me the "nudity is purity" crap. There is so much "purity" in icons
    of other religions, and surely he could have painted nudes of people
    who'd heard voices in their heads (mostly in bloody caves). Why didn't
    he? To me, singling out Hindu religious icons and themes for some
    paintbrush TLC shows contempt, not affection, and Hindus have to go gaga
    over this "explanation" while he laughs all the way to the bank? Heh,
    play with fire, you'll get burned.

    I will not be lectured to by some phony self-righteous Paki about human
    rights and tolerance. Pakiland is the epitome of religious intolerance
    and bigotry, and bloody unshaven baboons better take a good look in the
    mirror to see if they belong to humanity, or if they are better off
    dwelling in caves. In your attempt to be more Arab than Arabs, you
    stupid dumbshits have lost the right to lecture anybody on anything. You
    all have done precious little to address widespread killings in
    Bangladesh. India took in 10 million refugees, asshole, and India (the
    whole bloody country - Hindus, Muslims, Christians, ...) paid for them.
    India has done this forever and day. Your claim? You've taken in stone
    age Pashtun baboons from Afghanistan so that they can live to fight
    another day, and for nothing much else. As for the gratuitous "nukes in
    the dhoti" garbage, stupid little Paki haramzada, the bloodied noses
    from 1971 still rankles, doesn't it?

    Stick your self-righteous bullshit where the sun don't shine.

    --
    VB, Just itchy
    'ome=shanty

    https://groups.google.com/group/soc.culture.israel/browse_thread/thread/777822a119f02ffc/24091914385f3ede?hl=en#24091914385f3ede

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  9. @ Myself, Mallu. Yourself?

    I'm glad at least you are talking critically not spamming like Dr.
    Maharaj...

    Please, don't forget we are discussing a poem here and the imagery in
    the poem about the "dead artist" seems just poetic... may be a sincere
    effort of the poet, Habib Sulemani, to see India a real tolerant
    democracy so that other countries in the region could learn from the
    "Big Brother"!

    Try to understand this stanza:

    [You acknowledged the artist as a Desi Picasso
    but where the genuine maestros are in this fake
    society? I know you really don’t know! The only
    thing you know is butchery—killing at state and
    communal levels without a ceasefire—that is what
    we’ve seen since the supposed independence!]

    This line of the poem seeks your attention too:
    [The dead artist considered Hinduism more tolerant...]

    [You killed an artist with the help of your holy
    gangsters in such a tactful way (like the ISI)
    that neither we can call him a martyr nor
    register any criminal case against the assassins!]

    [India! You've become a country of the Hindu Taliban.
    There is no more place for any Rabindranath Tagore,
    C. V. Raman, Amartya Sen or Khushwant Singh. Now
    you totally belong to the Bal Thackerays (similar to
    Pakistan, where an Abdus Salam has no place, and the
    Islamic Republic belongs to Maulana Fazlus and their
    godfather generals). This is the level of intellectual
    bankruptcy of a democracy. What a fall from grace!]

    Note the Pakistan and ISI, metaphor for the "eveil" secret agency, as
    he has said in a blog. I think the poet has confessed the ills within
    Pakistan and that is why there have been three attempts on his life
    for writing against the generals, "brains behind global terrorism".
    You can see his other Poem by clicking this thread

    [My prose poetry may cause offense to you or other
    countries in this tribal region, where everyone has
    got a gun and is scanning the neighborhood from
    the balcony. Enemy, enemy, everyone is an enemy!

    You can laugh at me—I know! But come out
    of the fantasy world (you better leave it for
    creative writers) and face the harshest universal
    reality. You've to prove yourself as a visionary!

    South Asia! Get shot of your weird desi mentality
    to get liberty. Talking about liberty is not my
    typical poetic rant—it’s a universal decree! ]

    https://groups.google.com/group/soc.culture.israel/browse_thread/thread/777822a119f02ffc/24091914385f3ede?hl=en#24091914385f3ede

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  10. This guy is talking crap. I would not say that he himself
    is crap because he is a human being, after all. However
    the facts stand.

    Look at the paintings once again. In one of them Ravana
    is holding a stark nude Sita resting on his thigh. Her
    posterior is clearly visible. The phallus of Ravana, also naked,
    is clearly seen hanging between his legs.

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

    This "painter" has painted several pictures of Muslim entities,
    including his mom, and Fatima, fully clad and composed.

    Allah must be doing it to him, right at this moment..

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  11. @ Mirza Sab! Get rid of this "weird desi (South Asian) mentality to get
    liberty..."

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  12. @ Loving Guy,
    There is no "Big Brother" - India has the same sort of problems as _all_
    countries in the South Asian subcontinent. Yes, India is a tolerant
    (more or less) democracy compared to the abomination to its west.
    However, it is unlikely that stone age monkeys of Pakiland will be able
    to learn anything. That will require a miracle of evolution. Nah,
    Pakiland is doomed to bomb itself back to the 7th century as some
    violent intolerant replica of Arabia of the same period. Good luck!

    What fake society? Stop spewing BS dude. There are good painters and
    sculptors in India, some on par with the "Desi Picasso" and some much
    much better than Husain. Check out the oeuvre of Anjolie Ela Menon, B C
    Sanyal, Jamini Roy, V S Gaitonde, G M Sheikh, ... F N Souza, Tyeb Mehta
    have been mentioned before. Add Satish Gujral to the list.
    Here is a link for more, including newer artists
    http://www.delhiartgallery.com/index.aspx
    Knock yourself out.
    How about Pakistani 'progressives'? Is there much 'progress' in art?
    Maybe they are still stuck in a "Mughal miniature" period? Or maybe it
    is "cubism" in unshaven Islamic rage monkey paintings.

    Hinduism is indeed quite tolerant and does not really need anyone's
    'endorsement' via 'nudity is purity' crap.

    Pure BS! India did not kill M F "Make Believe Khizr" Husain. He died of
    natural causes - old age!!! Even if he had lived in India, free of any
    death threats, he still would have kicked the bucket soon. The guy lived
    a lot longer than the median age of males in India. Spare me the whinging.

    Bollocks! Apples and oranges, mate. Despite Sena thugs, and other
    fricking goons from this or that mujahideen, India is and has been eons
    and eons ahead of Pakiland. As far as intellectual disgrace goes,
    unshaven Paki monkeys have to evolve before they can claim any place
    amongst humans and actually demonstrate any intellect. Until then, eat
    your heart out. Nah, scratch that. Bomb somebody's heart out.

    Nah, blogs are uninteresting. You don't have to peddle "Habib
    Sulemani's" point of view. What are your views? "Ditto" does not quite
    count.

    "Enemy, enemy, everyone is an enemy" sounds like the new Paki national
    anthem. Paranoid dimwits need something new. Consult with your
    "brothers" to the west for older, much older ideas. Might speed up the
    backwards time travel.

    Bollocks!
    --
    VB, Just itchy
    'ome=shanty

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  13. Arindam, would you please (other respected members can also) shed
    light on this 'idea' in the perspective of Congress Party, Anna Hazare
    and Swami Baba anti-corruption campaigns....

    [...]
    You couldn't produce a single leader despite being
    the most crowded democracy globally. You’re not
    a country but a family’s personal property—that
    can be controlled through puppets or even a puppy!

    Nehru betrayed the Gandhi, and hijacked the fakir-like
    founding-father’s surname besides you—the country.
    What a gimmick. It shows a typical ghetto mentality!

    India! Where is liberty—the essence of a real democracy?
    What was the aim of the self-styled independence: to get
    rid of the British colonial rule or adoption of a new type of
    slavery? Did the Subcontinent lose over a million lives in
    communal violence for this biggest bigotry?
    [...]
    ???

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  14. India has produced lots of leaders, all useless though except Mamata
    who may do something good, at least she is honest. Yes India is a
    democracy but this is a very recent phenomenon with electronic
    voting. In WB under CPM there was always vote rigging, and without
    electronic voting Mamata would not have had a chance. In other states
    bribery and intimidation affected the voting. Bad people have been
    elected. Indian democracy is not mature, as the Indian constitution
    sucks - but even at its worst it is better than Pakistan. Not that is
    much of a comfort.

    You’re not

    > a country but a family’s personal property—that
    > can be controlled through puppets or even a puppy!

    This is stretching it, for the people don't really care for the
    government just as the government does not care for the people. Bad
    show, as it means that taxes are poorly collected and not utilised
    properly. Besides, the Gandhis have been out of power for at least a
    few years. Their power is more to obstruct progress than to create
    infamies.

    > Nehru betrayed the Gandhi,

    No he did not, rather he got Gandhi's support to form the government.
    If Nehru did not follow Gandhi's cranky and stupid ideas, that is very
    good and the reason why India still has some standing in the world.
    Nehru's support for socialism, scientific methods, public sector, etc.
    has really made India solid up to a point - that evils like minminay
    singh and his economist-thugs have corrupted the whole economics via
    rand-reaganism pollution style is bad, and the resulting corruption
    even worse - things were much more positive in Nehru's times, as he
    supported engineering as opposed to manipulative statistical rhetoric.

    >and hijacked the fakir-like
    > founding-father’s surname besides you—the country.
    > What a gimmick. It shows a typical ghetto mentality!

    Silly. Indians do not have a ghetto mentality.

    > India! Where is liberty—the essence of a real democracy?

    Still very much there in India. The only place in the world where
    there is true liberty and democracy. Lying devils rule everywhere
    else, as only in India did I get support for my brilliant new ideas in
    physics and engineering. Nowhere else are people so brave and honest
    as in India, in no other place is there better music and literature,
    more concern for life and living as proven by vegetarianism and the
    superb monistic philosophy... Really, there is no comparison between
    India and any other country. The oldest and most kind and brilliant
    civilisation in the world, is also the hope for all other crude and
    barbaric nations.

    > What was the aim of the self-styled independence: to get
    > rid of the British colonial rule or adoption of a new type of
    > slavery?

    Indian independence may well be half baked, as Indians are
    systematically robbed and fooled by foreigners with the help of their
    brown stooges in power. But, slavery of the kind the west
    understands, never existed in India. You are free in India, and India
    only. In every other country you are ruled by some dogma, some
    mischief, some perversion of thought.

    Did the Subcontinent lose over a million lives in

    > communal violence for this biggest bigotry?

    India had very bad political leadership under Jinnah and Gandhi. That
    led to violence that should never have happened.

    Arindam (bin Einstein ban Gandhi) Banerjee

    https://groups.google.com/group/soc.culture.british/browse_thread/thread/777822a119f02ffc?hl=en#

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  15. You have never been to India nor knows its reality and your foolish critique of "India" based on relig. grounds is naive.

    It is not that India is the great democracy but you are writing about 1200 million people. Pakistan is a dark shit hole of a country made out of India and you must first learn to appreciate a subject before writing.

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  16. When Moron and fucking Pakis discuss anything about Hindus they write bullshit to hide their sheepish conversion to a stupid, horrid outdated religion.

    I hate all Pakistanis for living in a false shitland of their dreams who identify with some dead arab name.

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