For more than two decades there is a highly active Hindu morality brigade in
The morality policing is not confined to Hinduism in
The so called defenders of Hinduism often forget that we live in a democratic country. Each and every person living in
An average Hindu rarely bothers about such paintings and they only come to know about it when there is an issue. Most of the times a Hindu forms an opinion without seeing the actual painting. In fact, majority of the people that participate in demonstrations and arguments might have never seen the controversial painting. They just stand up and defend their religion.
Freedom of expression is one of the great facets of Santana Dharma (Hinduism). And this is one reason why there are numerous symbols in Hindu religion. Brahman or the Supreme Being cannot be defined and so innumerable are the ways in which it can be represented. Thus we have Ganesha, the Shivling, Hanuman, Varaha, Narasimha and the other countless symbolic representations found across the Hindu world. The idols that Hindus worship today are the product of the imagination of artists of the bygone era. The rich symbolism in Hinduism is the result of the imaginative power and creativity these artists.
Today, there are several artists in
From the very beginning, Santana Dharma believed in democracy and it has always taught to respect the freedom of expression. But modern day defenders of Hinduism are not aware these aspects of Hinduism. They quite often play into the hands of pseudo artists.
If the religious sentiments of a particular community is hurt, they have a right to protest in
If a person believes that a painting can damage Sanatana Dharma, then he/she has not understood Sanatana Dharma and is still groping in darkness.