The death of M F Husain, away from the country of his birth, underscores his painful decision to stay away from India after facing increasing attacks from rightwing forces, but artists in India continue to register their dissent.
A FREE SPEECH HUB comment.
The Sedition Law directly attacks the freedom of expression, and is therefore impossible to reconcile with conditions necessary for a healthy atmosphere for culture, art and intellectual life,
says a statement by artists who participated in JUSTICE ON TRIAL, a three-day gathering of artists in Delhi from April 4, 2011.
Artists and performers in Pakistan are familiar with threats to freedom of expression, having faced years of repression during the Zia years,
but the killing of Punjab governor Salman Taseer has heightened feelings of insecurity, says SUMAIRA JAJJA
The censoring of art and attacks on artists like M F Husain appears to have had a chilling effect and several artists and art galleries have opted for self-censorship,
says GEORGINA MADDOX, rueing its effect on art.
The attack on the paintings of Dr Jose Pereira by the Hindu Janjagrut Sanghatana was appalling, but what of the response of the State, intellectuals and the media?
FREDERICK NORONHA questions the silence and complicity of these agencies.
Renowned painter M F Husain's decision to give up on his Indian nationality was the subject of intense discussion, less so was the culture of intolerance that pervades every sphere today.
A Free Speech Hub report by GEETA SESHU