Protest Letters from alert Hindus to PEM
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Similar protest letters have been sent by Shri. Sanjeev Khajuria, Shri. Ganesh Nayak U, Keerti Joshi, Vijayalakshmi G, Abhay Vartak, K.S. Shyam Karthickeyan.
> Protest Letter 1
From: Mrs. Aarti Nadkarni
Subject: Protest against M.F. Hussain's proposed exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) (MA, USA)
Ms. Donna Desrochers,
Sub. - Solo exhibition of M. F. Hussain' paintings on the Hindu Holy Epic 'Mahabharata'
I would like to introduce myself as a proud Hindu citizen of India. With reference to the aforementioned subject, I learnt that Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) (MA, USA) has arranged a solo exhibition of M.F. Hussain's paintings from 4th November 2006 to 3rd June 2007. It will exhibit Hussain’s paintings on the Hindu Holy Epic, Mahabharata.
I would like to bring to your notice that this series includes blasphemous paintings of Hindu deities. I have myself seen these paintings on the internet. M.F. Hussain has painted pictures of Hindu deities in the nude. He has hurt the religious sentiments of every Hindu. This act of his is so immoral and ridiculous that a person of sound mind, irrespective of any religion he belongs to, will condemn. You can yourself see these denigrating paintings at the following links:
In the Mahabharata, Draupadi, the wife of Pandavas is a depiction of a great devotee of Lord Krishna, the Supreme God of Hindus. Ganga and Yamuna are holy rivers that we Hindus worship and treasure. Sage Vyas is an evolved holy man (a Saint) and is considered by Hindus as the Master of all learned men, who wrote the great epic, Mahabharata, thousand years before it actually took place. Lord Ganesh, is a deity worshipped by each and every Hindu as a bestower of happiness and good intellect, as one who wards off all evil. Satyavati, a pious woman, is an ancestor of the great Pandavas. Hussain has denigrated all of these through his degradable, filthy paintings.
These paintings are just the tip of the iceberg. M.F. Hussain has drawn numerous such paintings, thus trampling down upon the faith of Hindus. I have myself lodged a police complaint against Hussain for hurting my religious sentiments. There are several other Hindus like me in India and abroad who have filed polce complaints against Hussain in this regard. Moreover, the honorable courts of India have already summoned and issued warrants against M.F. Hussain in various cities like Indore, Delhi, etc., since mid-March 2006, for hurting religious sentiments and creating communal disharmony. That is why; M. F. Hussain has been cited as absconding to the UK!
In this context, I appeal to you not to hold this proposed exhibition displaying our deities of worship in the nude. You must be a follower of a certain faith. You must also be worshipping some deity. How would you feel if Hussain were to paint your deity of worship in the nude? Would you spare him? I bet not.
Hussain shall be punished by divine intervention at the right time. However, it is in our hands to do whatever little we can to restrict denigration of our seat of worship. Hence, this effort.
I once again request to you to take kind notice of this email and verify the facts yourself. Hope you will do the needful. If you do, then God and every Hindu will bless you from the bottom of his heart. Awaiting your response in this regard.
Thanking you in anticipation.
Mrs. Aarti Nadkarni
Proud to be born in Hindustan (India) as a Hindu------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Protest Letter 2
FOR THE ATTENTION OF
MS DONNA DOROCHERS, Public Relations Officer, PEABOY Essex Museum, MA, USA
I refer to my conversation with you on your cell phone while you were travelling in your car to work and I am sending you hereunder the information about Mr. Hussein, an infamous Indian painter, who has a court order against him for his arrest. Please also advise us his whereabouts if you know so that the court orders can be carried out.
Please do discuss this matter with your concerned authorities, which is a very serious matter and very blasfamous to one billion Hindus all over the world, who are a peace-loving people but would not accept insult of their Gods and Goddesses by making their nude paintings. If Mr. Hussein is so fond of making nude and vulgar paintings and making name and money on this type of work, then why does he not start with his own family and religion.
I would urge you to stop this exhibition in the interest of all concerned.
Thank you and with my best wishes, I remain,
SHER S. AGRAWAL