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Righteous Indignation

By John Elliott

Guru Uses Art to Exploit Society’s Fears

Illustration by Timothy Goodman.

I have lived in India long enough to know that everything and its opposite are frequently true in this vast and challenging society. Yet I was surprised and shocked when Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a famous Hindu guru who preaches feel-good spirituality, issued a virtual call to arms in March this year against MF Husain, one of India’s most successful and well-known painters, who has angered some Hindus by portraying their deities in the nude.

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