Petition & appeal aurangzeb Exhibition

29 03 2008

fact India
41 Jorbagh (1st floor),
New Delhi 110003. India.

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
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 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.

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