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A FAMOUS ARTIST RENOUNCES HIS INDIAN CITIZENSHIP
      The print media and the electronic media in collaboration with some of the intellectuals (herein referred as 'the pseudosecularists') try to misrepresent the fact that if a famous artist renounces his citizenship of India then it is a matter of great shame. This is non-sense.
      On the other hand if the Indian government restricts the freedom of the painter in choosing his citizenship then it will be a shame. There are several lakhs of citizens of India who after living abroad have renounced the citizenship of India and chose to become citizens of the country of their residence.
      The pseudosecularists contend that Indians should ponder important questions relating to democracy, rule of law and public culture.
      I say that the pseudosecularists should study the Indian Constitution for answers to these questions.  The term democracy means only that the form of government is such that the citizens have the power and they decide the form and functions of the government.
      The Indian democracy is fully compliant with this definition of democracy and its reputation can not be blackened unless the government becomes non-democratic. The Indian Constitution under Article 25 gives every citizen the right to freedom of religion. The rule of law in India is one of the best in the whole world.
      The public culture most peace-loving in general.The pseudosecularists keep harping that there are thugs in the Sangh Parivar. If there are thugs in Sangh Parivar then any one has the right to lodge a complaint with the nearest police station.
      The Sangh Parivar is pictured to be a monster larger than its size, while it is really not the main body that creates disturbances at the exhibitions of paintings of the artist. All Hindus dislike what the artist-painter has painted in his paintings showing the Hindu gods indecently.These pseudosecularists commit a grave error by terming the large groups of Hindus belonging to Bhajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad as lumpen arms engaged in illegal activities. Obviously the big crime of the famous artist in painting the Hindu gods in indecent pictures is, in their view, not an illegal activity.
      And that the leadership of the Sangh Parivar is responsible for the latest decision of the artist-painter in not returning to India. That is utterly non-sense. None other than the government can prevent artist-citizen from returning to India, until he is branded as a criminal and not welcome, and could cause a law and order problem here.
      Many good Indians have renounced their Indian citizenship on personal grounds. Mere renouncement of citizenship does not result in refusal of visa to them. If the artist intends to come and stay in India he will be issued a visa since he is a person of Indian origin.The artist-painter decided to stay away from India because he has realized that he has committed grave sins by misusing his artistic ability to hurt the sentiments of Hindus.
      Only the pseudosecularists are sympathetic to the viewpoint that the artist's ability to paint is always greater than what he depicts in his paintings. No matter what an artist paints, he should be revered as an asset belonging to the country, is what their definition of democracy is. I am sure this is not an accepted definition of democracy.India can not depend upon the world for its reputation in terms of freedom granted to its citizens outside its Constitution.
      The Indian Constitution clearly states by Article 25(1) that freedom of religion also has to take care that in its wake there is no law and order problem arisen, in this case by hurting the sentiments of many Hindus. Democracy is the religion of India and none in the world can point a finger at Indian democracy for what it is. After misinterpreting the meaning of democracy at the beginning, the pseudosecularists go on towards the end to accuse the state governments of mishandling the case of the famous artist.
      The democracy which they talk about is not true democracy but a democracy in which the lunatic artists who habitually offend the Hindu community are allowed a free hand.



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