The Salman-Rushdie affair:Have we become a nation of philistines?
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Hello friends,

It seems that religious nutcases and rogues are hell-bent on expelling all that is of value from our nation's public/social arenas. The bilious forces of religion are at work again. They have crawled out of the woodwork to lay siege to yet another bastion of Creative Arts.
Earlier, they came for M.F. Hussain. He was almost driven away into exile. He found Qatar a safer space than our 'tolerant' nation. Now, they are after Rushdie. I don't think Rushdie will be coming to India anytime soon. Another (literary) artist driven away.
I am horrified at how rapidly the fickle, vulgar mob has been gaining leverage in India. Decisions are not made by sagacious people deliberating over the finer points of each argument. They are not the result of an enlightened, informed national consciousness. Rather, it is the decibel-level of a group's cries and the associated reportage that dictates how important a matter is. The scenario has become a sordid spectacle of knee-jerk reactions and palliative measures to soothe 'hurt sensibilities'.
The mob has become an object of terror, a veritable Behemoth that lurches from one issue to another, threatening- with its gnarly,outstretched hands- to force us back into fusty, blissful ignorance. It lays to waste whatever it directs its unlettered gaze upon. The most piddling of perceived slights touches off a series of wrathful reactions. Books and effigies are burnt, works of art vandalized and people hurt. That is 'faith' for you.
The mob is hectoring us to cease our poems and songs of freedom. It is shouting us down whenever someone from among our ranks tries to produce a work of free expression. In its iconoclastic zeal, it is chiseling the faces off our Venuses. It is smothering creative voices. It is demanding the 'offenders' be sacrificed on its reeking altars to appease its sanguinary lust.

Shall the philistines rule? With their persistent heckling,shall they bring to naught all that we cherish- art, literature, culture and music?

"We have exiled beauty; the Greeks took up arms for her." - Albert Camus


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(23-Jan-2012, 08:42 PM)Naushirvan Wrote: Hello friends,

It seems that religious nutcases and rogues are hell-bent on expelling all that is of value from our nation's public/social arenas. The bilious forces of religion are at work again. They have crawled out of the woodwork to lay siege to yet another bastion of Creative Arts.
Earlier, they came for M.F. Hussain. He was almost driven away into exile. He found Qatar a safer space than our 'tolerant' nation. Now, they are after Rushdie. I don't think Rushdie will be coming to India anytime soon. Another (literary) artist driven away.
I am horrified at how rapidly the fickle, vulgar mob has been gaining leverage in India. Decisions are not made by sagacious people deliberating over the finer points of each argument. They are not the result of an enlightened, informed national consciousness. Rather, it is the decibel-level of a group's cries and the associated reportage that dictates how important a matter is. The scenario has become a sordid spectacle of knee-jerk reactions and palliative measures to soothe 'hurt sensibilities'.
The mob has become an object of terror, a veritable Behemoth that lurches from one issue to another, threatening- with its gnarly,outstretched hands- to force us back into fusty, blissful ignorance. It lays to waste whatever it directs its unlettered gaze upon. The most piddling of perceived slights touches off a series of wrathful reactions. Books and effigies are burnt, works of art vandalized and people hurt. That is 'faith' for you.
The mob is hectoring us to cease our poems and songs of freedom. It is shouting us down whenever someone from among our ranks tries to produce a work of free expression. In its iconoclastic zeal, it is chiseling the faces off our Venuses. It is smothering creative voices. It is demanding the 'offenders' be sacrificed on its reeking altars to appease its sanguinary lust.

Shall the philistines rule? With their persistent heckling,shall they bring to naught all that we cherish- art, literature, culture and music?

"We have exiled beauty; the Greeks took up arms for her." - Albert Camus


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