Mumbai: A complaint has been lodged by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) with Marine Lines police station against a play based on the life of anti-Hindu and anti-National painter M F Husain. A play titled ‘Pencil se brush tak’ produced by an organization called ‘Ekjut’ is based on the life-story of Husain. The play was seen by a member of HJS when he observed that there was denigration of Hindu Deities in the said play.
In the beginning of the play, the background screen of the stage has a picture of Sree Krushna in the nude, playing the flute, riding a cow and being surrounded by nude â€˜gopisâ€™
In an incident based on â€˜Ram-Leelaâ€™, the role of Sita was played by Sumit Irani. He was shown addressing Sree Rama as Swami in a very sardonic manner.
Lord Hanuman is also shown, with his head cut, tail burning and almost in the nude and in a disgraceful manner.
The actor Anup Soni, enacting the character of Husain, is shown clandestinely watching a few women bathing in a river. During this scene, the above mentioned background screen was prominently displayed.
The purpose of staging this play seems to be of rubbing salt into the wounds of Hindus, glorifying Husain and hurting the religious sentiments of thousands of Hindus.
At the end of the play, Nadira Babbar, the director of the play, declared that the shows of this play will go on despite opposition from some people.
March 21: Volunteers of HJS in association with Indian-American Intellectuals Forum (IAIF) held a protest demonstration outside Christie’s art gallery in New York on Phalgun Shuddha Chaturdashi (March 20, 2008) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. during the auction of M.F. Hussain’s paintings in Christie’s art gallery. Around 35 alert Hindus joined the protest, despite it being on a workday and in the high traffic Manhattan area and cold weather (40 degrees Fahrenheit). Most of the protestors came from different states near and far from New York. (Detail News)
Christie's sold 12 of Husain's paintings for $ 1.4 million.
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The protest began with recitation of 'Vakratunda Mahakaaya' shlok and prayers for removal of obstacles from the protest. It included the 'Krushnaaya Vasudevaaya' shlok towards the middle, and concluded with the 'Sarvetra sukhinah santu' shlok. Protestors were wearing placards explaining the denigration of Hindu deities in M.F. Hussain 's paintings and Christie's promoting M.F. Hussain .
The silent protest was soon filled with vigorous shouting of slogans such as, ' M.F. Hussain - shame shame!', 'Down with Christie’s', 'Boycott - Christie's', 'Fugitive - M.F. Hussain ', 'Stop discrimination against Hinduism', 'Christie's - shame shame!' that continued till the conclusion of the protest. Within a few minutes of the protest commencement, press reporters from India Abroad, Rediff, BBC, NDTV, TV Asia, etc., came on the scene to cover the event. They interviewed IAIF President Shri. Narain Kataria, HJS volunteer and the alert Hindus, participating in the protest..
Contacts to protest:
New York Office:
Ganieve Grewal: +1 917 297 1385
Sale center (New York)- +1 212 636 2000
Christie's Mumbai Office:
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The Bhoruka Charitable Trust, Rajasthan, India had arranged a ceremony to felicitate anti Hindu Indian painter M. F. Husain at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, on March 15. 18 eminent Indian artists flew to Dubai to felicitate Husain. (Ref: News Report)
The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti had launched an intensive campaign along with website campaign against the awarding of award to Husain and given strong indications. The Marathi Dainik 'Sanatan Prabhat' gave good support to this campaign. The Bhoruka Charitable Trust, Rajasthan, canceled this life time achievement award to Husain on account of the protest and informed the Samiti through a fax sent by Mr. Amitava Banerjee, Executive Director of Bhoruka Charitable Trust.
We thank all protesters for prompt support. Let us offer gratitude to God for the success given by Him in this campaign and thus strengthening our faith about His blessings in our activities! - Editor
Media Coverage - News Report by The Hindu
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Mumbai: NDTV, a private news channel has recommended 5 names for 'Bharat-Ratna' award. In its program called 'Bharat-Ratna' Poll, the channel has invited public opinion for final selection of one of the 5 nominees for the said award. The channel has recommended M F Husain through its poll for this most prestigious Award.
A complaint was registered to the above effect by member of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) at Nirmalnagar police station, Khar (East). Shri. Uday Kakade, a senior police inspector assured that the issue would be brought to the notice of the Government. HJS has appealed to all proud Hindus to lodge complaints at local police stations in the matter. Also participate in online protest drive by sending automated e-letter to concerned authorities and voicing your protest.
Count of protestors: 8955
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Note: E-Protest drive has been stopped.
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|29-Jul-07||Times of India||It's time to stop harassing M F Husain
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Twenty of MF Husain's works were on display and on sale at the India International Centre in Delhi. This ten day long exhibition was inaugurated by the Governor of Rajasthan, SK Singh. Hussein show in IIC, Delhi was cancelled after protests. (Ref: ibnlive.com )
According to assurance given to HJS, India International Centre (IIC) had declared that they have stopped the exhibition and will not display it again. But as per NDTV report, it is published that the exhibition was started under police protection after cancellation of show. This exposes the flasehood of IIC. Hence, HJS continued it's protest.
The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti strongly condemns Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's visit to anti Hindu painter M.F Husain in UK during his present cricket tour to UK.
It appears that Sachin is not fully conversant about the nature of nude and obscene paintings of Hindu deities by M.F Husain and the nude picture of Bharat mata. These paintings can be seen at -
By this act of his Sachin has hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus and the National sentiments of Indians.
Husain is facing 1,250 police complaints for hurting the Hindu religious sentiments, but he has fled the country to avoid action. Sachin visited an anti-Hindu and anti-national person like M.F Husain. We would recommend Sachin to have a look at these paintings and clarify his action about visiting Husain and whether he approves of such paintings.
We demand an apology from Sachin for this act of his.
Hindu Janajagruti Samiti
Phone: (022) 22829934 / 22829935
Mr. Sachin Tendulkar
Narang House, First Floor,
34, Chhatrapati Shivaji Road,
Apollo Bandar - 39, Mumbai
Jim Brown, Head of Consumer Clients, Asia, ABN Amro has informed HJS that ABN Amro Bank has withdrawn the credit cards carrying MF Husain's painting.
Letter to HJS says - ABN Amro has decided that:
HJS pays gratitute to God and thanks all alert Hindus for prompt support.
Singapore: A new credit card issued by Dutch bank ABN Amro is showcasing the art of M F Husain. Bank said on Monday that "Picasso of India", M F Husain will feature on its platinum card that is available for local Singaporeans and expatriate Indians.
Suhail Chandra, head of consumer clients, said Singapore representatives explained to the artist that they wanted to put "Husain in everyone's pocket and make sure we can get people to wake up to a Husain image every time they use the card".
The anti-Hindu Painter M.F. Husain's painting show is organized at 1x1 Art Space Dubai on 28 th Feb 2007. This news is given by Indian Art News Blog. Husain has painted Hindu Gods and Goddesses in the nude and in blasphemous form. He has painted 'Bharatmata' in the nude. More over, the honorable courts of India have already summoned and issued warrants against Husain in various cities like Indore, Delhi, since mid-March 2006, for hurting religious sentiments and creating communal disharmony. According to the Police, this is why M. F. Husain has been absconding to UK. So exhibiting Husain's paintings will amount to providing monetary help to a criminal. It is the duty of every patriot and Hindu to protest against this exhibition.
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Exhibition: February 28, 2007 - March 27, 2007
Gallery Timings: 11.00 am - 8:00 pm (Sat - Thu)
1x1, Art Space,
Al Wasl Road,
opposite Umm Suqeim Choithram,
Al Hamara, Villa No. 1023
11am-8pm, (closed Friday)
Tel: +971 04 348 3873
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HJS has registered strong protest against this art gallery. Read Letter
Shashi Tharoor the ex UN Under Secretary-General is going to praise the notorius, criminal and absconding Indian painter M.F Husain painter in a lecture on Saturday, March 10, 2007, 4 pm at the 'Peabody Essex Museum' US titled 'Shashi Tharoor Presents: Mining the Mahabharata: How Husain and Others Have Reinvented the Epic'
The latest of the developments being a Delhi court has transferred from the Connaught Place police station to Crime Branch of Delhi Police the probe in a complaint against noted painter M F Husain for allegedly portraying Hindu gods and godesses in an indecent manner. Refer Latest News
It is very shocking to know that Mr Shashi Tharoor*, who has made India proud through his international contributions, is supporting an anti National and anti Hindu Husain. Would Mr Tharoor also glorify the Danish Cartoonist who drew the Prophet's cartoons?
(* Since 1978, he has worked for the United Nations, serving in many roles with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, at the UN Headquarters in New York, and executive assistant to former Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In June 2002, he was confirmed as the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information of the United Nations. In 2006, Mr. Tharoor was runner-up to Ban Ki-moon for the post of UN Secretary-General.)
In the past Shashi Tharoor had supported the conferring of Bharat Ratna to M. F. Husain and the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti had requested him to withdraw his support to Husain but with no reply. Read letter. HJS has sent a second letter to him in context of this lecture. He has again supported MF Husain by writing an article in TOI. Refer here
We request you to voice your protests against Shri. Shashi Tharoor praising Husain at -
MF Husain has drawn a painting for the 'Let Us Make Mumbai Unbreakable' campaign by the Mumbai police for police welfare fund. As per report in the 'Times of India', MF Husain has told that the Mumbai Police Commissioner himself had called him up and urged for paintings. These paintings are to be auctioned. Same police is investigating (?) cases against Husain.
1. The maverick artist received a call about a month ago from Mumbai Police Commissioner AN Roy requesting a painting which would depict the unbreakable spirit of the city. - MF Husain, Dubai (Source: Times of India)
2. The pictures will be seen on more than 300 hoardings across the city and the paintings will be auctioned on February 10. - Deputy Commissioner of Police (Administration) Asutosh Dhumbre (Source: Mid-day)
1. Will the Police (Home department) allow Mr. Salman Rushdie (Indian author) to campaign for Mumbai Police?
2. If the Police have to beg to Husain for painting, then will they ever take action against MF Husain? Is this the reason for the delay in action?
3. If the Police can contact M.F Husain then how can they site him absconder for not arresting him?
4. Tomorrow the Police will tie up with criminal Dawood Ibrahim for their welfare.
HJS is fighting against this insult of National and Hindu sentiments with all possible means. We appeal you to participate in this drive by sending fax to Deputy Chief Minister, Chief Minister office as well as by registering protest by telephone. Also help by spreading a word about this issue.
At least 1000 Hindus have already sent their fax and called up State Govt Office to express their resentment.
1. R.R. Patil, Deputy C.M., Maharashtra
FAX: 022 - 22024873
Phone: 22022401 & 22024300
2. Mr. Vilasrao Deshmukh
Chief Minister of Maharashtra,
Fax - 022- 22029214 / 23631446
3. Shri. A. P. Sinha
Additional Chief Secretary
Tel: 022-22029959 Ext 3757
Email : email@example.com
Email 2: APSinha@maharashtra.gov.in
Adv. Vinayak Shinde of HJS has already sent a legal notice to Maharashtra State Government to order the Police to withdraw Anti-Hindu Husain's paintings from the gallery. Samiti's activists have already met the Home Minister Shri. R.R. Patil. "Mumbai Police must Apologize to Hindus for using the paintings of Anti-Hindu artist M F Husain", is the prime demand of the Samiti.
Dr. Ram Pratap Singh of New Delhi has registered a new fresh case against M F Husain in Delhi High Court for drawing naked paintings of Draupadi, Bharatmata, Seeta etc. The Police have given various excuses for not being able to arrest Husain and examine his paintings in detail. When Dr. Singh's lawyer expressed his anger, the Judge Smt. Kamini Lau has asked the Mumbai Police to submit a report before 7th February.
Taking into account the Hindu Fury which manifested last year, Husain has this time drawn Bharatmata well clad in Sari. The attitude of taking Hindus for granted seems to have been reduced in Husain who has been absconding from India ever since he was booked for his naked paintings of Hindu Gods, Goddesses and Bharatmata.
The Boston Globe says -
Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (Hindu Awareness Forum), wrote to the museum before "Epic India" opened in November, urging museum officials to cancel the exhibition .... They have received more than 200 e-mails protesting the exhibit, mostly sent from India and Great Britain. ... "Many people [made complaints], maybe in the hundreds," says Susan Bean , curator of South Asian and Korean Art at the PEM. "It was impossible for him to be there. He could be snapped up by a police officer."
Ref: His epic works have brought him praise and protest
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(By Cate McQuaid, Globe Correspondent Â |Â April 7, 2007)
Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) (USA, Massachusetts) has arranged solo exhibition by M. F. Husain from 4th November 2006 to 3rd June 2007. It will exhibit Husain’s paintings on the Hindu Holy Epic, Mahabharata.
This series includes blasphemous Hindu deities' paintings. More over the honorable courts of India have already summoned and issued warrants against Mr. Husain in various cities like Indore, Delhi, etc., since mid-March 2006, for hurting religious sentiments and creating communal disharmony. That is why; M. F. Husain has been cited as absconding to UK. So exhibiting Husain's paintings will be monetary help to a criminal. Thus HJS is protesting this exhibition and appeal all Indians to support HJS in this cause by sending an email to related authorities of PEM.
HJS apeals all Indians to protest this exhibition by sending
email to Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) at following email addresses:
firstname.lastname@example.org - Director
email@example.com - South Asian Art Curator
Shri. Sher Agrawal had telephonic discussion with Ms. Donna Dorochers, PRO, PEM.
Read his letter to Ms. Donna (Protest letter 2)
> Letter sent by staunch Hindu to PEM