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Indian Painter Incites Religious Controversy

by Deeksha Nath

•M.F. Husain. Courtesy Arts India, New York.

M.F Husain, the world-renowned Indian painter, is no stranger to controversy. In the past year alone, right wing Hindu fundamentalist groups have persecuted him systematically and accused him of hurting religious sentiments through his paintings of nude Hindu gods and goddesses. Husain, a Muslim, fled the country after receiving violent threats against his life. The controversy represents a major juncture in India's constitutional commitment to protect free speech.

In February, Husain's Bharat Mata (Mother India, 2005) appeared in an…

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