• Art Attacks: From attacks on MF Husain to Deepika Padukone, what has changed over the years?

    Kanika Katyal in conversation with Malvika Maheshwari

    February 21, 2019

    In the first part of this interview series, we discussed the Constituent Assembly debates that have led to our understanding of free speech today, the responses by different political parties(in power) on attacks on artists, and the politics of offence-taking in India.

    In the final part of this two-part interview series, we analyse closely, the major attacks on famous artists like M.F. Husain, Safdar Hashmi, Taslima Nasreen and even the recent threats to Deepika Padukone to understand if different religious fundamentalist groups attack differently and what has changed over the years from the 1980s to 2010s. Malvika Maheshwari also narrates her meeting with Neeraj Jain, a lawyer who had disrupted an exhibition at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Vadodara in 2007, to throw light on the socio-economic reasons that motivate such attacks. 


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    Malvika Maheshwari teaches Political Science at Ashoka University.

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