Tale of two artists

Reading about the travails of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei when he was detained by Chinese authorities last year reminded me of the way Indian Government forced Indian artist M F Hussain to leave India because it could not provide protection to him. Atleast in the case of Weiwei he is able to live in his own country. When someone tweeted to Weiwei “Ai, be a bit heartless and immigrate”. Ai responded, “I’m Chinese, this is my land.” (Newsweek Nov 21, 2011). It’s hard to say what’s worse, a country harassing its biggest artist or a country not protecting its biggest artist and forcing him to leave the country. The tale of these two artist tells us the way these two countries deal with people that challenge the status quo in society.

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