Maqbool Fida Husain comes through as a sexually perverse person
Maqbool Fida Husain comes through as a sexually perverse person. To paint nudity is an old tradition. To portray sex play may be pornographic, but it is not unnatural and not considered perverse. But to depict copulation between an animal and a woman is revolting to the normal person.
Think of a horse and a woman, a bull and a woman, a lion and a woman, an elephant and a woman! The photographs of many of the paintings are printed in a volume entitled Husain. The book was conceived and designed by M.F. Husain himself.
An individual suffering from a mental disease is ultimately his personal concern. But when the fall out of his perversity touches persons unknown to him, it is slanderous. When the pornography or the perversity embroils deities, it is sacrilegious.
Prima facie, Husain has insulted the Hindu ethos in general and believing Hindus in particular. Can he be forgiven for painting Durga and Saraswati naked? And Sita masturbating on the long tail of Hanuman; in another painting she is shown sitting naked on the thigh of Ravana. Imagine a bull copulating with Parvati and Shankar watching the act on Shivratri. Or Dugra in union with her lion! The painting of Krishna with his flute sitting on a cow but with no feet and no hands.
How can so many instances be by inadvertence? Suppose Husain is allowed the benefit of doubt and a judgement is suspended for a while. Look at some of his other paintings; only to find that he has painted Muslim women all fully dressed. His step mother Shirin. Prophet Muhammad's daughter Fatima. Mother Teresa also got the benefit of all her clothes, a privilege denied to Hindu deities.
On a panel painting, Husain has portrayed Einstein, Gandhi, Mao Zedong and Hitler, sitting in a row. The former three are dressed but the Nazi leader is naked. Does that not mean that he painted in the nude all those he hated? Hindu deities painted by Husain fall in the same category as Adolf Hitler, the killer of six million innocent Jews and thousands of others.
Can any self respecting Hindu forgive Maqbool Fida Husain?