It is a clear case of double standard. Whereas an Indian artist, a nationalist to the core, has been hounded out of the country to the extent of seeking citizenship in some other country, another artist who is a foreigner and who is continuously playing foul with the religious sentiments of Muslims for many years, is being protected by our Government by repeatedly extending her visa.
The home minister’s statement that Mr. M.F. Husain is welcome back and he would be given due protection could be termed as only an eyewash, since he has not woken up to the situation for the past four years, when Husain had been wandering about Dubai and England haplessly. On the other hand Taslima is favoured against the wishes of a sizeable population of the country and she has been a cause of concern to the law and order situation of the country and the recent episode has resulted in the loss of two precious lives with no fault of theirs.
The question is: Why didn’t the police resort to lathicharge when Hindutva fanatics were demonstrating against M.F. Husain?
K. Malikul Azeez