Baroda Authorities Jail Art Student

by Deeksha Nath

The most recent blow to civil liberties and artistic expression in India occurred May 9 when S. Chandramohan, an art student at Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda in Gujarat, was arrested for displaying "obscene" work in his final year examination assessment. Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student wing of the ultra-conservative Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (which forms the state government of Gujarat) entered the display accompanied by policemen, halting the examination process and arresting Chandramohan.

The Hindu activists objected to paintings depicting nudeā€¦

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