Not that they are sensitive to these things, but the highest court in the land—the Supreme Court of India—has delivered a stinging slap on the menacing faces of India’s moral police and thought thugs; the connoisseurs who know exactly what we should see, hear, wear, watch, read, write, paint, feel and think. Or else.
Maqbool Fida Husain‘s Bharat Mata has been decreed “a work of art“.
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India, K.G. Balakrishnan, while refusing to initiate criminal proceedings against Husain for allegedly “hurting public sentiments” and the “national pride of Indians”, said:
“There are so many such subjects, photographs and publications. Does the sentiment of the petitioner get scandalized by the large number of photographs of erotic sculptures which are in circulation? Will you file cases against all of them?
“What about temple structures?
“It (Husain’s work) is art. If you don’t want to see it, don’t see it. There are so many such art forms in temple structures.”