Mumbai | February 08, 2006 12:41:53 AM IST
Celebrated painter M F Hussain today apologised for his controversial painting depicting ‘Bharatmata’ in an obscene manner and promised to withdraw it from an auction.
The apology comes in the wake of protests by Hindu Janjagruti Samiti (HJS) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) against Hussain displaying the painting on the websites and in an exhibition in New Delhi.
The nonagenarian artist, who is in Delhi, said he apologised for the picture, which he said will be withdrawn from websites and the exhibition. He was booked last week by the city police for allegedly hurting sentiments of people by painting gods in nude.
However, the HJS was not satisfied with Mr Hussain’s apology.
Local HJS leader Durgesh Samant told UNI tonight over phone that Mr Hussain’s apology lacked sincerity. ”He has apologised in the past also but continued to depict Hindu deities in objectionable manner and hurt the sentiments of the people. His latest apology lacks sincerity.” HJS has also filed a case with Mumbai and Thane police against the painter and has been holding protests in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and Karanataka against Hussain’s other such paintings, depicting Hindu goddesses in the nude.
Mr Samant said the painter has hurt the national pride through his controversial paintings and should be tried for treason by the Government.