Petition & appeal aurangzeb Exhibition

29 03 2008

fact India
41 Jorbagh (1st floor),
New Delhi 110003. India.
http://www.fact-india.com

Dear friends,

As you know, Facts’ Aurangzeb, exhibition, a three year effort to
showcase history & art and which was shown without any problem in
Delhi’s Habitat Centre, G-Gallery Bangalore and Balagandharva- Pune
(where it was viewed by more than hundred thousand people), was
vandalized by the Chennai police without any provocation. This act of
arrogance, intolerance and suppression of freedom of expression went
unnoticed in the mainstream media and by the rights activists.
This blind and radicalism is what FACT India is fighting. It is
heartening that instead of protecting the art works the local police has
actually acted as stooges of the miscreants and (Mr. MURALI, ACP
Chennai) broke two paintings himself depicting the demolition of
Temples (supported by his Documents Akhbarat) by Aurangzeb’s
orders.
They detained three women volunteers after dark, illegally after forcing
them to close down the show. The Exhibition an artistic one has been
turned into a very bad shape. Now FACT India intends to redo the
artistic exhibition and present the same before the people of the
nation for their verdict. We need support from each one of you, moral
and otherwise,

1) To redo the entire exhibition (total cost Rs. 8,5 lakhs or $ 21,000)
2) To pay for a lawyer so as to file a case in the Madras High Court (appr Rs. 4 lakhs or $ 10,000).

It would be useful if you could pass this email among your friends, so that we can raise a consolidated amount of money. Please try in this manner to send cheques of a minimum of Rs.10,000 (or Rs. 10,001/-) 200 $ or €. Small cheques are most welcome, but they entail a lot of paperwork.

For further details and information do not hesitate to write to us. You
can contact Veeru Chowdhary, FACT’s All India representative at
vee4ru@gmail.com or (91) 98719 49094

Warm regards

François Gautier/ trustee FACT
Veeru Chowdhary / FAIR

The vandalism caught on camera and some of the
paintings that were vandalised.

Watch on Youtube for more details.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzva2FFjUkk

Sign the petition
http://www.petitiononline.com/FACTAura/petition.html





The Nawab of Arcot ????? or is he …

26 03 2008
Petition protesting Vandalisation of the Chennai Exhibition

http://www.petitiononline.com/ FACTAura/petition.html

Please sign the petition for protection of Right to Equality…
http://www.PetitionOnline.com/ FACT/petition.html

Please sign the petition for protection of Right to Equality…

The “Prince of Arcot” is “a bogus nawab” (Kanchan Gupta in The Pioneer, Mar 9). The Arcot lineage, for all its claimed link to the Caliphate, owes to Aurangzeb’s “munificence” its elevation to nawabhood in recognition of an ancestor’s defeat of the Marathas.

The direct line died out in 1855, and in 1867 the British elevated the collateral Azim Jah branch with the title of Prince and a large pension – in perpetuity. At least one of the Azim Jahs died without a son, and the title passed to the son-in-law. Arcot was annexed by the British in 1825 and the state extinguished in 1855 (http://www.uq.net.au/~zzhsoszy/ips/a/arcot.html)!

Nevertheless, independent India continues the title, and it is the Indian taxpayer who pays for the so-called Prince’s many official perquisites and a tax-free pension amply sufficient for him to live in regal splendour (http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/mag/2004/02/01/stories/2004020100120200.htm ).

In return, the Prince’s website lists his “donations to non-Muslims”. These are three – all by the direct line, and the last of which was in the 18th century (http://www.princeofarcot.org/tank.htm)! None by the Azim Jahs, and certainly none at all post-1947 and by the present Prince.

A government gazette of April 1871 records the fealty “at all times” of the Azim Jahs to the British Crown (http://www.princeofarcot.org/gazette.htm). So, in effect, the Indian taxpayer continues to generously reward the Azim Jah family for its loyalty to the British, and will do so forever.

He pretends an interest in the welfare of his extended family (http://www.princeofarcot.org/cfa.htm) but obviously can spare no money for them (see the letter to the editor at http://www.thehindu.com/2005/07/25/stories/2005072514570300.htm)

The websites are silent on the amount of his pension (eg, http://www.uq.net.au/~zzhsoszy/ips/a/arcot.html ) but clearly it is munificent enough for him to live like a prince!

This family has lived off the fat of our land long enough, and the money spent on it should be diverted to poor farmers and fishermen of Tamil Nadu. Rulers of real significance gave up their kingdoms and lost their privy purses. The petty Prince of Arcot is a parasitic anachronism in our democracy and there is no reason at all why the Indian public exchequer should support him. His pension and perquisites should be abolished in free India – or let the British still support him if they want.





The Nawab of Arcot ????? or is he …

26 03 2008
Petition protesting Vandalisation of the Chennai Exhibition

http://www.petitiononline.com/ FACTAura/petition.html

Please sign the petition for protection of Right to Equality…
http://www.PetitionOnline.com/ FACT/petition.html

Please sign the petition for protection of Right to Equality…

The “Prince of Arcot” is “a bogus nawab” (Kanchan Gupta in The Pioneer, Mar 9). The Arcot lineage, for all its claimed link to the Caliphate, owes to Aurangzeb’s “munificence” its elevation to nawabhood in recognition of an ancestor’s defeat of the Marathas.

The direct line died out in 1855, and in 1867 the British elevated the collateral Azim Jah branch with the title of Prince and a large pension – in perpetuity. At least one of the Azim Jahs died without a son, and the title passed to the son-in-law. Arcot was annexed by the British in 1825 and the state extinguished in 1855 (http://www.uq.net.au/~zzhsoszy/ips/a/arcot.html)!

Nevertheless, independent India continues the title, and it is the Indian taxpayer who pays for the so-called Prince’s many official perquisites and a tax-free pension amply sufficient for him to live in regal splendour (http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/mag/2004/02/01/stories/2004020100120200.htm ).

In return, the Prince’s website lists his “donations to non-Muslims”. These are three – all by the direct line, and the last of which was in the 18th century (http://www.princeofarcot.org/tank.htm)! None by the Azim Jahs, and certainly none at all post-1947 and by the present Prince.

A government gazette of April 1871 records the fealty “at all times” of the Azim Jahs to the British Crown (http://www.princeofarcot.org/gazette.htm). So, in effect, the Indian taxpayer continues to generously reward the Azim Jah family for its loyalty to the British, and will do so forever.

He pretends an interest in the welfare of his extended family (http://www.princeofarcot.org/cfa.htm) but obviously can spare no money for them (see the letter to the editor at http://www.thehindu.com/2005/07/25/stories/2005072514570300.htm)

The websites are silent on the amount of his pension (eg, http://www.uq.net.au/~zzhsoszy/ips/a/arcot.html ) but clearly it is munificent enough for him to live like a prince!

This family has lived off the fat of our land long enough, and the money spent on it should be diverted to poor farmers and fishermen of Tamil Nadu. Rulers of real significance gave up their kingdoms and lost their privy purses. The petty Prince of Arcot is a parasitic anachronism in our democracy and there is no reason at all why the Indian public exchequer should support him. His pension and perquisites should be abolished in free India – or let the British still support him if they want.





Are we paying for the Prince of Arcots’ luxaries ?

25 03 2008

While the commies are active and busy dethroning Nepals’ monarch they are busy here in TAmil nadu enjoying the parties of the only known recogniseable H H Nawab of Arcot. What can we say it speaks to itself in volumes and when the exhibition on Aurangeb was vandaliswed no voices rose neither diod the candles nor did the human rights or atleast the freedom of expression come in to play. All that mattered was the wine and the delicacies served by the Nawab and his hospitality perhaps the votebank to some extent. And yet the Nawab claims he is not interested in politics,……

We still pay from our purses to the upkeep and maintainance of His Highness and his palaces as well as his families. Dont we want to know why? Yeah a little bit of googling and you are enlightened to know the TRUTH that the Indian Govt actually broke the promise it gave to the princes of India during the constituent assembly days but actually is strong wiled to honour the word given by the then imperial ruler the queen. Surprise nope! Indian administration has lots more of them.

Part III. Article 18.
Abolition of titles.-
(1) No title, not being a military or academic distinction, shall be conferred by the State.
[Constitution of India] but still the GOI made an amendment to honour the pledge made by the Queen of whom england, this was finally achieved by an amendment to the Constitution at the end of 1971. So is there equality in India atleast the Congress which made this amendment need to clarify it to us the ignorants as to why we should be paying through our pockets for the maintainance of filthy palaces and his family and staff of 600.

And look at all the links and you find one name in common Mr N Ram presiding over this function or that function or pouring praise on the “nawab”. So what else do we need ?

Read the following of the Nawab I didn’t write, but rather all from his friends in the press. Links given …….

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Despite a history rich in heritage (the family claims descent from the Caliph Umar, second successor of the Prophet Muhammad) Asif Ali says he and his brother have always been free to do as they please. However, he plays the part of diwan to his father, taking care of his official affairs. The Prince of Arcot is the only royal in India whose title is recognised by the President even today, says Asif Ali. His main duties are administering his ancestral endowments. This includes the Wallajah Mosque in Chennai and several madarssas in Tamil Nadu to which they contribute money. Asif Ali says, ‘‘We have several shops and property that are a source of income.’’ He says they also receive a privy purse from the Central Government. His father, the prince, is given the status of a State Cabinet Minister

http://www.indiavarta.com/m2c/royal.asp

The historic institution of His Highness, The Prince of Arcot has been in existence since 1867 A.D.

Nawab Mohammed  Abdul AliAfter the abolition of the Nawabship of the Carnatic in 1855 A.D., the Government created the new title – His Highness, The Prince of Arcot, by an issue of the Royal Letters Patent in 1867 A.D. Even today, the President of India officially recognises the present Prince, Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali, as His Highness, The Prince of Arcot. The title of the Prince of Arcot also carries certain special privileges, honours and courtesies granted by the Government which also provides a residence for the Nawab – Amir Mahal.

After the abolition of the Nawabship of Carnatic in 1855 A.D., the Government took over the original Chepauk Palace, known as Kals Mahal, which stood on 121 acres of land situated at Marina, which now houses Senate House and Public Works Department offices.

Amir MahalAfter the demise of the last Nawab of Carnatic, who died without an issue in 1855, the Government committed to provide a suitable new residence to the paternal uncle of the deceased Nawab, Prince Azeem Jah, who was later recognised as the first Prince of Arcot.

As per a Government Order (No: 113, dated 28-03-1870), the Royapettah Police Court was purchased for converting it into the official residence of the Prince of Arcot and his successors in title. This building, with its stately facade, grand Durbar hall and Banquet hall, was built in 1798, used as Royapettah Police Court and finally converted into a palace, fit for the residence of the Prince.

Under further orders, the building was named Amir Mahal and the Government made an allotment in their budget for its upkeep and annual repair works. In 1940, the Government of Madras, in consultation with the Prince of Arcot transferred the management of Amir Mahal from the charge of the Madras Government to the Central Government that is now looking after its maintenance, annual repairs, electrical installation and furniture establishment through the Central Public Works Department (CPWD).

The present Prince of Arcot, who is the eighth in accession, continues to live in his ancestral ‘s historic and official residence – Amir Mahal, along with his family, staff and servants and their families, who total nearly 600 in number.

http://www.chennaibest.com/discoverchennai/sightseeing/history/amirmahal.asp

CHENNAI, AUG. 18. The mother of the Prince of Arcot, Nawab Jeelani Begum Saheba, and the Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu and group publications, N. Ram, today launched a website on the Nawabs of the Carnatic and the Princes of Arcot.

The historical website (www.princeofarcot.com) contains details of the Nawabs of the Carnatic from 1690 to 1855 and the subsequent Princes of Arcot since 1867 to the present day.

http://www.hinduonnet.com/2004/08/19/stories/2004081908611200.htm



The direct descendent of the erstwhile rulers of Carnatic from 1690 to 1855 and subsequent Princes of Arcot since 1867 to the present day, Nawab Ali is the only royalty in India that’s being recognized by the government that pays for his upkeep and maintenance.

Born in the Royal House of Arcot, on the 9th August, 1951, Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali is the eldest son of the Nawab Ghulam Mohammed Abdul Khader, the late Prince of Arcot and lives in the historic palace of his ancestors, ‘Amir Mahal’, in Royapettah in the city of Chennai (Madras), India.

The family traces its lineage from the second Caliph of Islam, Hazrath Omar Bin-Khattab. Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali succeeded his later father, and was recognized by His Excellency the President of India, as “HIS HIGHNESS THE PRINCE OF ARCOT”.

IN the heart of Chennai is a mahal which is home to a princely family that traces its lineage from the Second Caliph of Islam, Hazrath Omar Bin-Khattab. Not many residents or visitors to the city, as they hurry through the crowded streets of Royapettah, would be aware that beyond the high crimson walls that enclose the wrought iron gates, lie centuries of history. Enter them and you pass through a driveway, flanked by sheds and outhouses, to a huge building in Indo-Saracenic style.

This is Amir Mahal, the 14-acre residence of His Highness Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali Azim Jah, the eighth Prince of Arcot. More than 300 years ago, his ancestor Zulfikar Ali Khan was summoned from Mecca by Emperor Aurangazeb in order to fight against the Marathas. In the 17th Century when the Marathas were holding sway in the Southern Carnatic from their stronghold at Gingee, Zulfikar Ali Khan came down and inflicted a crushing defeat on the ruler Rajaram.

The delighted Mughal emperor made him the Nawab of the Carnatic under the suzerainty of the Nizam of Hyderabad and thus were sown the beginnings of the House of Arcot. Later holders of the title identified closely with their area of domicile. The cordial interaction between the Nawabs of Arcot and the Hindu inhabitants of the Tamil country generated a climate of mutual tolerance and secularism that is proudly being carried on to this day.

His Highness the Prince of Arcot is ranked on par with the Cabinet ministers of the State in the Warrant of Precedence, the Courtesy ranks accorded to officials and non-officials.
The Prince is founder-secretary general of “Harmony India” a registered association formed in 1990 to promote communal amity and national integration. Mr. N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, is the president while the other 32 members are drawn from different communities.

The 70-room Amir Mahal is home to 600 people all the govt expense.

http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/mag/2004/02/01/stories/2004020100120200.htm

Haj refund

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI March 9. The Tamil Nadu State Haj Committee today said those who undertook the pilgrimage this year need not contact it for now, on refunds.

The committee said the pilgrims who were accommodated in Arcot Rubat were entitled to a higher refund, being the excess rent paid by the Consulate-General of India over and above 750 Saudi Riyals, for which the Rubat was eligible. But the Muthavalli, Prince of Arcot, agreed to refund only 500 Saudi Riyals per pilgrim. The refund is still awaited from the Consulate-General and is expected through the Central Haj Committee, which has not received the fund. The pilgrims accommodated in Arcot Rubat would be informed separately after receipt of funds from the Central Committee towards refund, says an official release here.

http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/2004/03/10/stories/2004031006160400.htm

The High Court of Madras, in a judgement in O.S.A. NO. 103/1913, held that the Wakf was created not by a private person, but a sovereign. When in 1913 a scheme suit was filed at Tiruchirapalli in respect of the Endowments, the then Agent, Moulvi Mohammed Abdur Rahman Sahib ‘SHATIR’ with the Fatwa of prominent Muslim Ulama issued on 15-9­1921, was able to persuade the Government to enact the ‘Prince of Arcot Endowments Act’ and the private wakf was converted into a public wakf with the consent of the then Prince of Arcot. The Bill was piloted in the Legislative Council, Madras, by the then Law Member, Sir C.P. Ramasamy Aiyar with the main object of preserving the institution of the Prince of Arcot and preventing any move to remove the Prince of Arcot from the management of public charitable and religious institutions. The Act under Sec. 5 created a scheme for Trichy properties and the Act barred future invocation of reliefs under Sec.92(i) CPC, or reliefs specified in the Religious Endowments Act XX of 1863 in respect of religious and charitable trusts. This Act still continues in force for the governance and administration even today as unequivocally decided by the Bench of the Madras High Court in W.A.2204/1987.

Mr. U. Mohamed Khalilullah, a leading chartered accountant, is the present agent to manage the Prince of Arcot Endowments at Chennai and Trichy and other places outside Trichy district. His appointment is approved by the Tamil Nadu Government.

http://www.princeofarcot.org/present1.htm

Some of the rulers listed here were granted increased gun salutes after the independence. The Maharana of Udaipur was raised to first place in the Order of Precedence, displacing the Nizam of Hyderabad and Berar, and all 9-gun states were permitted the use of the style of Highness. However, it has not been possible to obtain complete details for all the rulers from sources available in England.
Arcot appears at the head of the list since the Prince of Arcot is the only prince officially recognised in India.

http://blogs.ibibo.com/dewsoft/SOME-RULERS-GRANTED-INCREASED-GUN-SALUTES.html





The Naxal menance: Threat to Unified India

24 03 2008

The Exhibition is a reflection of the Maoist insurgency in India, a blend of photographs statistics and ofcourse an analysis and a presentation of FACTS.

The The Naxal menance: Threat to Unified India will travel through the lives of the victims in the Naxal infested states and present their lives as well as the lives of those vallant fighters both civilian and from the government. Its the Fight against terrorism the idea of killing because one doesnt believe or just disagree with the others, Intolerence and disharmony. The exhibition shall be on the sidelines of the first “Conference on Peace and Reconciliation” in OSLO, Norway.

(April 10th and 11th Oslo, during the Conference on Peace and Reconciliation http://www.sap2008.org/

Ingeniørenes Hus Møtesenter, Kronprinsens gate 17, 0251 Oslo – Norway, http://www.ingeniorenes)

NEWS UPDATE ON AURANGZEB EXHIBITION

HAF Pressrelease

HAF Condemns Shutting Down of Aurangzeb Exhibit in Chennai

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Ishani Chowdhury
Hindu American Foundation
Director of Public Policy
Office: 301.770.7835
Fax: 301.770.7837

Washington, DC (March 18, 2008). On March 8, 2008, KN Murli, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in Chennai and several other Tamil Nadu state government officials attacked an art exhibition, shut it down and damaged several paintings. The exhibition, organized and sponsored by the Foundation Against Continuing Terror (FACT) and Francois Gautier, the eminent French journalist, featured miniatures and farmans (edicts) depicting the despotic and violent rule of the the 17th Century Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Aurangzeb is particularly reviled as a predecessor of contemporary Islamist terrorists for his forced conversions, imposition of an intolerant Sharia and destruction of several famed Hindu temples. The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) condemned the actions of the Southern Indian state and demanded a restoration of the damaged paintings and a continuation of the exhibit.

Gautier, the convenor of FACT, and correspondent for Le Figaro, expressed shock that even after the exhibition has been displayed for over a year in several galleries throughout India, the Tamil Nadu state government reacted to a few isolated complaints so violently. Murali specifically sought out and threw to the ground two paintings that depicted the destruction by Aurangzeb of the Somnath Temple in Gujarat and the Kesava Rai Temple in North India. The exhibition of 40 paintings, included fine miniature paintings by Indian artists, and were on show at the Lalit Kala Akademi from March 3, 2008. The Lalit Kala Akademi, the premier government art organization where the exhibit had been hosted, has now cancelled the exhibition.

“This is a case of vindictive action against those who wish to throw light on India’s past, and a threat to free speech,” said Ramesh Rao, Senior Fellow, HAF. “The Tamil Nadu state government acted violently and illegally, but we are left to wonder why so few of the secular votaries of free speech in India remain silent in the face of this outrage–we demand amends from the state government and resumption of the exhibition.”

The Hindu American Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, non-partisan organization promoting the Hindu and American ideals of understanding, tolerance and pluralism. Contact HAF at 1-301-770-7835 or on the web at www.HAFsite.org.


HAF condemns shutting down of Aurangzeb exhibit
Monday, 03.24.2008, 04:35am (GMT-7)

WASHINGTON: On March 8, KN Murli, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in Chennai and several other Tamil Nadu state government officials attacked an art exhibition, shut it down and damaged several paintings.

The exhibition, organized and sponsored by the Foundation Against Continuing Terror (FACT) and Francois Gautier, the eminent French journalist, featured miniatures and farmans (edicts) depicting the despotic and violent rule of the the 17th Century Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Aurangzeb is particularly reviled as a predecessor of contemporary Islamist terrorists for his forced conversions, imposition of an intolerant Sharia and destruction of several famed Hindu temples.

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) condemned the actions of the Southern Indian state and demanded a restoration of the damaged paintings and a continuation of the exhibit. Gautier, the convener of FACT, and correspondent for Le Figaro, expressed shock that even after the exhibition has been displayed for over a year in several galleries throughout India, the Tamil Nadu state government reacted to a few isolated complaints so violently. Murali specifically sought out and threw to the ground two paintings that depicted the destruction by Aurangzeb of the Somnath Temple in Gujarat and the Kesava Rai Temple in North India.

The exhibition of 40 paintings, included fine miniature paintings by Indian artists were on show at the Lalit Kala Akademi from March 3. The Lalit Kala Akademi, the premier government art organization where the exhibit had been hosted, has now cancelled the exhibition. “This is a case of vindictive action against those who wish to throw light on India’s past, and a threat to free speech,” said Ramesh Rao, Senior Fellow, HAF.

“The Tamil Nadu state government acted violently and illegally, but we are left to wonder why so few of the secular votaries of free speech in India remain silent in the face of this outrage–we demand amends from the state government and resumption of the exhibition.”

Source: India post





The Naxal menance: Threat to Unified India

24 03 2008

The Exhibition is a reflection of the Maoist insurgency in India, a blend of photographs statistics and ofcourse an analysis and a presentation of FACTS.

The The Naxal menance: Threat to Unified India will travel through the lives of the victims in the Naxal infested states and present their lives as well as the lives of those vallant fighters both civilian and from the government. Its the Fight against terrorism the idea of killing because one doesnt believe or just disagree with the others, Intolerence and disharmony. The exhibition shall be on the sidelines of the first “Conference on Peace and Reconciliation” in OSLO, Norway.

(April 10th and 11th Oslo, during the Conference on Peace and Reconciliation http://www.sap2008.org/

Ingeniørenes Hus Møtesenter, Kronprinsens gate 17, 0251 Oslo – Norway, http://www.ingeniorenes)

NEWS UPDATE ON AURANGZEB EXHIBITION

HAF Pressrelease

HAF Condemns Shutting Down of Aurangzeb Exhibit in Chennai

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Ishani Chowdhury
Hindu American Foundation
Director of Public Policy
Office: 301.770.7835
Fax: 301.770.7837

Washington, DC (March 18, 2008). On March 8, 2008, KN Murli, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in Chennai and several other Tamil Nadu state government officials attacked an art exhibition, shut it down and damaged several paintings. The exhibition, organized and sponsored by the Foundation Against Continuing Terror (FACT) and Francois Gautier, the eminent French journalist, featured miniatures and farmans (edicts) depicting the despotic and violent rule of the the 17th Century Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Aurangzeb is particularly reviled as a predecessor of contemporary Islamist terrorists for his forced conversions, imposition of an intolerant Sharia and destruction of several famed Hindu temples. The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) condemned the actions of the Southern Indian state and demanded a restoration of the damaged paintings and a continuation of the exhibit.

Gautier, the convenor of FACT, and correspondent for Le Figaro, expressed shock that even after the exhibition has been displayed for over a year in several galleries throughout India, the Tamil Nadu state government reacted to a few isolated complaints so violently. Murali specifically sought out and threw to the ground two paintings that depicted the destruction by Aurangzeb of the Somnath Temple in Gujarat and the Kesava Rai Temple in North India. The exhibition of 40 paintings, included fine miniature paintings by Indian artists, and were on show at the Lalit Kala Akademi from March 3, 2008. The Lalit Kala Akademi, the premier government art organization where the exhibit had been hosted, has now cancelled the exhibition.

“This is a case of vindictive action against those who wish to throw light on India’s past, and a threat to free speech,” said Ramesh Rao, Senior Fellow, HAF. “The Tamil Nadu state government acted violently and illegally, but we are left to wonder why so few of the secular votaries of free speech in India remain silent in the face of this outrage–we demand amends from the state government and resumption of the exhibition.”

The Hindu American Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, non-partisan organization promoting the Hindu and American ideals of understanding, tolerance and pluralism. Contact HAF at 1-301-770-7835 or on the web at www.HAFsite.org.


HAF condemns shutting down of Aurangzeb exhibit
Monday, 03.24.2008, 04:35am (GMT-7)

WASHINGTON: On March 8, KN Murli, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in Chennai and several other Tamil Nadu state government officials attacked an art exhibition, shut it down and damaged several paintings.

The exhibition, organized and sponsored by the Foundation Against Continuing Terror (FACT) and Francois Gautier, the eminent French journalist, featured miniatures and farmans (edicts) depicting the despotic and violent rule of the the 17th Century Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Aurangzeb is particularly reviled as a predecessor of contemporary Islamist terrorists for his forced conversions, imposition of an intolerant Sharia and destruction of several famed Hindu temples.

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) condemned the actions of the Southern Indian state and demanded a restoration of the damaged paintings and a continuation of the exhibit. Gautier, the convener of FACT, and correspondent for Le Figaro, expressed shock that even after the exhibition has been displayed for over a year in several galleries throughout India, the Tamil Nadu state government reacted to a few isolated complaints so violently. Murali specifically sought out and threw to the ground two paintings that depicted the destruction by Aurangzeb of the Somnath Temple in Gujarat and the Kesava Rai Temple in North India.

The exhibition of 40 paintings, included fine miniature paintings by Indian artists were on show at the Lalit Kala Akademi from March 3. The Lalit Kala Akademi, the premier government art organization where the exhibit had been hosted, has now cancelled the exhibition. “This is a case of vindictive action against those who wish to throw light on India’s past, and a threat to free speech,” said Ramesh Rao, Senior Fellow, HAF.

“The Tamil Nadu state government acted violently and illegally, but we are left to wonder why so few of the secular votaries of free speech in India remain silent in the face of this outrage–we demand amends from the state government and resumption of the exhibition.”

Source: India post





FACT video

22 03 2008

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