May 6th 2014 (Vaishakha Shukla Paksha Saptami, Kaliyug Varsha 5116)
Status of protest: Protest in progress
Appeal to supporters of Hinduism
Namaste dear supporter of Hinduism,
We have received complaints from several Hindus about the exhibition of the Late M.F. Husain’s final paintings at the Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum in London from 28th May to 27th July. Also, the V & A museum have arranged three more events of gallery talk and lunchtime lecture on M. F. Husain’s paintings on 12th June, 18th June and 10th July 2014.
Below are the links for the details of events:
M. F. Husain blatantly trampled upon the religious sensitivities of millions of Hindus by denigrating Hindus’ revered Deities through his many anti-Hindu paintings. Below is one such denigrating painting of his to be displayed at the V & A museum.
You can learn more about the late Husain’s paintings at:
One alert supporter of Hinduism promptly wrote to the V&A Museum, bringing to their attention the anti-Hindu nature of the paintings of the late Husain (Please see below the protest email sent to the organizers). However, there has been no response from the V&A Museum.
In light of this, we appeal to you to register your peaceful, but educative and prompt protest against the exhibition and lectures on late M. F. Husain and his paintings. Let us show our solidarity to the organizers by sending emails or calling them, asking them to remove the exhibition of the late M. F. Husain’s paintings.
The protest letter written by a devout Hindu
From Chaitanya Dev
Subject : Concerns about M. F. Husain¹s paintings to be displayed at V&A Museum, London
Sent : Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Recently, I came to know about the Indian artist late M. F. Husain’s last works to be shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
M. F. Husain’s paintings are offensive to a vast majority of the 1 billion strong Hindu population, due to his very vulgar depiction of Hinduism’s concepts and Deities. You can learn more about the denigration in late Husain’s paintings at:
Actually, due to Husain’s deliberately hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus and creating communal disharmony, several arrest warrants and court orders were issued for Mr. Husain by the Indian Courts. Please note that M. F. Husain had fled India to evade arrest. On the day he passed away there were approximately 1200 court cases against him. M F. Husain’s paintings/prints do not represent the Hindu, spiritual culture of India, but denigrate it, as is evident from the offense he has caused to the worldwide Hindu and spiritual community.
Hindus are very tolerant and have lived in harmony with other religious groups for millennia. We respect the freedom of artistic expression and encourage resolving conflicts through discussion. However, Hindus also expect that artists are cognizant of their social responsibility, and not denigrate the divine and create communal discord. Given Mr. Husain’s deliberate targeting of Hindu holy symbols for depicting in perverse ways, Hindus would strongly protest this exhibition glorifying his works. Hence, I urge you to reconsider displaying M. F. Husain’s works.
Looking forward to your understanding,
A concerned Hindu.
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: VandA e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, May 21, 2014 at 10:21 AM
Subject: RE: Gallery Talk_June 12, 2014
Thank you for sharing your concerns about the V&A’s forthcoming exhibition on M.F. Husain.
The V&A is committed to promote knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of art and design from around the world. M.F. Husain was one of the most important figures in the history of modern and contemporary Indian art. This exhibition is intended to introduce Husain’s work and contemporary Indian art to a broader audience. The series of nine paintings, which Husain was working on before he died, are an exploration of the richness of Indian civilisation, depicting India’s ancient monuments, vibrant cities and festivals as well as ordinary scenes of transport and urban households. They are not intended to cause offense.
This display is one of many by the Museum which have celebrated the diverse art and culture of India.
From the Asian Department
Sent: 09 May 2014 00:35
To: VandA e-mail; WebMaster;
Subject: Gallery Talk_June 12, 2014
Recently i just came to know about the
and wanted to share that actually we have been campaigning against M.F. Husain’s art as it is harmful to Hindu’s and Deities. The concepts shown are actually vulgar denigrating, and due to the paintings M.F. Husain had approximately 1200 court cases against him. A Hindu does not feel good looking at God’s/Goddesses who they devote their life to, to be displayed as obscene, nude etc.
Nude photos and hate for Hindu’s, which is shown through these photos and by a person who hurt so many people should not be praised.
We hope you can understand and reconsider something else to show at the event.
1 of 1 billion Hindu’s