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Jun 20, 2007 at 02:57pm IST

Artists say VHP politicising art

New Delhi: The Baroda Art controversy has taken a new twist. The dean of the Maharaja Sayajirao University's Fine Arts Faculty was suspended late on Friday night for refusing to close the controversial exhibition.

The arrested students meanwhile are still languishing in police custody.

Meanwhile, the artists' community in the Capital has reacted sharply to the developments in Vadodara.

Says an artist, Manish Pushkale, "Somehow, there has been an increasing politicisation of art. We believe in the aesthetics of art, not politics."

"I think artists of any kind have to have a poetic licence to whatever they are performing or doing. If that poetic licence is not there, no kind of art will flourish.We will just go many step backwards if we don't subscribe to that licence," added Art Curator, Alka Raghuvanshi.

Members of the Hindutva brigade who trashed the exhibition in Vadodara last week - accusing the students and artists there of hurting the sentiments of Hindus - are now demanding that all the students and teachers involved in the exhibition should be immediately suspended.

At the MSU campus in Vadodara , there are many voices condemning the actions of the government.