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February 13, 2006

Asia Times Letters

Siddharth Srivastava's article [When a Muslim paints nude Hindu gods, Feb 11] brings out the inherent dangers of Hinduism being misrepresented by the very cadres who claim to be its vanguard. It is to be noted that M F Husain has never portrayed an unclothed Muslim woman in his paintings, but it is also to be noted – as Mr Srivastava points out – that traditionally Hinduism has always been rather open about matters pertaining to erotic art and nudity. The protests should have been aimed at questioning the double standards in Mr Husain's paintings, and whether they arose out of certain prejudices, and not that they offended Hindus per se. All the protests have achieved thus far is portray Hinduism has "yet another religion" averse to free speech, when India has one of the strongest argumentative traditions alive on the planet. On a different note, Draupadi is not a Hindu deity, Mr Srivastava. She was the main woman character in the epic Mahabharata.

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