Cultural Terrorism

  • Cultural terror: Karnataka HC to hear PIL on nude paintings February 11, 2013

    Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court will on Monday hear a PIL filed on the exhibition of nude paintings in Chitrakala Parishath art gallery in Bangalore. The petitioner has said that there is no screening committee to screen paintings of artists before they are showcased at art galleries. The PIL has also...
  • TWTW: Cyrus Broacha takes on fundamentalists, extremists February 10, 2013

    In this episode of The Week That Wasn't, Cyrus Broacha takes on the people who find a reason to protest against almost everything. ...
  • 3 arrested for threatening, abusing Kashmir girl band online February 7, 2013

    Srinagar: Three persons have been arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in connection with the alleged online abuses and threats to the all-girls rock band, Pragaash. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, "I'm glad the police in Kashmir has identified and arrested people for the online threats...
  • FTN: Is artistic freedom in jeopardy in India? February 6, 2013

    A Bangalore art academy was forced to remove three paintings following protests on Monday, before that organisers of an art exhibition in Delhi also faced a similar scenario - in this case, the VHP demanded to shut down the exhibition. ...
  • The Last Word: Why is Indian society unable to stand up for freedom of expression? February 7, 2013

    The VHP's women wing on Wednesday continued to disrupt an exhibition at Delhi Art Gallery saying it portrayed women in a bad way. ...
  • Delhi Art Gallery under attack, VHP wants nude paintings removed February 6, 2013

    A Bangalore art academy was forced to remove three paintings following protests on Monday, before that organisers of an art exhibition in Delhi also faced a similar scenario - in this case, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad demanded to shut down the exhibition. ...
  • VHP women wing protests outside Delhi Art Gallery February 6, 2013

    New Delhi: An art exhibition at the prestigious Delhi Art Gallery has run into trouble with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. The VHP's women wing, Durga Vahini, protested outside the gallery against the exhibition that showcases a retrospective on modern nude art on Wednesday. The show was stopped briefly on Monday...
  • Delhi Art Gallery refuses to remove nude exhibits despite protests February 6, 2013

    New Delhi: The war of words between the Delhi Art Gallery owner and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad seems to have worsened. Despite facing threats, the organiser of the nude art works says he won't take down the paintings. Speaking to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Delhi Art Gallery Director Ashish Anand...
  • J&K girl band being banned due to politics of vote: BJP February 6, 2013

    New Delhi: Expressing varied stands on issues of right to expression, BJP on Tuesday said Kashmir's all-girl band Pragaash is being banned due to a politics of vote but justified protests by VHP's Durga Vahini against a nude art exhibition in New Delhi as an example of upholding order and...
  • Right wing groups pose threat to art exhibitions in Delhi, Bangalore February 5, 2013

    New Delhi: It was trouble in paradise for art lovers as art exhibitions in Bangalore and Delhi were targeted by right wing activists. Artist Anirudh Sainath's paintings at the Chitrakala Parishath were taken off after the art academy received threat calls to remove the three paintings which depicted Hindu gods...
  • No end to cultural terror, artistes continue to suffer as govt remains silent February 5, 2013

    New Delhi: A girl band in Jammu and Kashmir is forced to quit; an exhibition of nudes in Delhi compelled to shut temporarily; an art academy in Bangalore coerced into removing three nude paintings - these incidents just follow the FIR against a sociologist who spoke on corruption and Dalits...
  • VHP's women wing forces Delhi Art Gallery to shut temporarily February 5, 2013

    New Delhi: An art exhibition at the Delhi Art Gallery, showcasing a retrospective on modern nude art, ran into trouble on Monday night when VHP activists forced it to shut down temporarily. The exhibition was resumed after the organisers sought police protection. The protests, led by the Durga Vahini, the women...
  • Bangalore: BJP member filed complaint against paintings, alleges artist February 5, 2013

    An Art academy in Bangalore was forced to remove three paintings from their exhibit following protests that they are offensive. ...
  • Relief for Kamal Haasan, 'Vishwaroopam' to be released in Tamil Nadu on Feb 7 February 5, 2013

    Kamal Haasan's 'Vishwaroopam' will finally hit the theatres on February 7 in Tamil Nadu. Here's the latest on this real life drama over the reel life story. ...
  • Andhra MP files complaint against Ashis Nandy February 1, 2013

    Karimnagar: An MP from Karimnagar district in Andhra Pradesh today filed a complaint against eminent scholar Ashis Nandy, for making remarks alleged to be anti-Dalit at the Jaipur Literature Festival, police said. Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar on February 1 filed a complaint against Nandy at the Two Town police station...
  • 'Vishwaroopam' ban: Right to freedom of expression curbed? January 31, 2013

    Shah Rukh Khan's essay on being a Khan that was published in a weekly magazine led to a debate over his security on January 29. Just a day later, Salman Rushdie and the team of 'Midnight's Children' had to cancel their Kolkata promotional tour at the last minute. This after...