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Red alert on MF Husain

ARTIST M.F. HUSAIN?S apology for the nude painting, Bharatmata, has not helped. The Union Home Ministry has alerted the police chiefs of Delhi and Mumbai to his ?objectionable? paintings and asked them to take ?appropriate action?. It is the first time the Centre has decided to go against the Padma Vibhushan winner.

india Updated: May 05, 2006 01:35 IST

ARTIST M.F. HUSAIN’S apology for the nude painting, Bharatmata, has not helped. The Union Home Ministry has alerted the police chiefs of Delhi and Mumbai to his “objectionable” paintings and asked them to take “appropriate action”. It is the first time the Centre has decided to go against the Padma Vibhushan winner.

The Home Ministry’s advisory follows concerns — backed by intelligence reports — that Husain's Bharatmata and other controversial paintings of Hindu goddesses can spark communal trouble. A case against him is already pending in an Indore court.

The Law Ministry — which examined half-a-dozen paintings of the 91-year-old artist — told the North Block last month that prosecutors would be on a sound footing if they moved against Husain under the penal provision for committing deliberate acts to disaffect feelings of a class by insulting its religion.

First Published: May 05, 2006 01:35 IST