An expo in the Loyola College allegedly showed Hindu symbols, the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in bad light
Chennai: A major controversy erupted on Monday over some paintings at an expo in the premier Loyola College which allegedly showed Hindu symbols, the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in bad light.
These are pics of an ‘art exhibition’ organised at Loyola college. Make no mistake. It is Hindus and Hindu Dharma that they hate - not just Narendra Modi. Modi is hated because he is seen as a leader of the Hindus. But it is US the Jamaat-E-Fiberal hates. People like you and me. pic.twitter.com/k78GdHGf6Y— Shefali Vaidya ஷெஃபாலி வைத்யா शेफाली वैद्य (@ShefVaidya) January 20, 2019
Issuing an apology, the college said that the 'offensive' paintings, put up as part of a cultural event, were immediately removed.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other right-wing outfits had strongly objected to the paintings which had portrayed the trishul, a symbol of Hinduism and 'Bharat Mata', in an inappropriate manner.
While one of the exhibits featured the trishul in a painting related to violence against women, another alleged that Modi was a hegemonic and to further draw home the point likened him to a Hindu deity.
Following complaints by the BJP and Hindu outfits to the police against the paintings that also had a strong political undercurrent against the saffron party, the college said it respected all religions.
"Why there is no condemnatory statement from any of the leaders here... Is hurting Hindu sentiments acceptable to you?" BJP Tamil Nadu unit president Tamilisai Soundararjan asked.
Had the paintings targeted some other groups, there would have been a hue and cry from leaders like Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief MK Stalin and Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) general secretary Vaiko, she said.
Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK) state general secretary Rama Ravikumar demanded action against those who made the paintings that also mocked the Central government schemes like Swachh Bharat as well as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
In its clarification, the college said it cherished the pluralistic values and ethos of the country.
"We do not advocate or support anything that is tantamount to disturbing the peace and tranquility of the society," it said.
The institution, which will complete a century in about six years said it was deeply pained, saddened and anguished that its venue for a cultural event "Veethi Virudhu Vizha," held on January 19 and 20 was misused.
The college said its "illustrious and pluralistic campus was used for derogative exhibits against a particular religious group, social institution, political party and the country's leadership".
A statement from the college's Art and Literary Unit Coordinator, Kaleeswaran said that the offensive exhibits were removed immediately, the moment it was brought to their notice.
This is the bullshit apology from Loyola College Chennai about exhibiting blatantly Hindu-hating, hate-filled, vicious garbage on its premises. How is it possible that the management was ‘unaware’ of the filth till it was ‘pointed out’? The legal action should continue. pic.twitter.com/GCjVuQLDUj— Shefali Vaidya ஷெஃபாலி வைத்யா शेफाली वैद्य (@ShefVaidya) January 21, 2019
"We acknowledge our lapse and sincerely apologise for the insurmountable hurt this has caused," Kaleeswaran said.
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Last Updated Jan 22, 2019, 11:16 AM IST