General Article Creative and academic freedom under threat from religious intolerance in India

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By Meena Vari, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology

When asked what made him such a prolific painter, even at the age of 91, MF Hussain, known as the Indian Picasso, said it was three things: “not worrying about critics and fundamentalists, working every day, and never wearing shoes”. The great painter went into self-imposed exile after threats from Hindu fundamentalists angry at his paintings of nude gods. He died in 2011 with an unfulfilled wish to come back to his home country, even if it was just for one afternoon.

From the publication of books, paintings and cartoons to ideas expressed on Facebook, public life for artists in I

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