The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has taken to Twitter to demand action against an Assam based artist Akram Hussain for his painting that featured Lord Krishna surrounded by bikini-clad women in a bar. After the artist’s 2015 artwork re-surfaced on the microblogging site today, ISKCON requested the Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal and the state’s health and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to take cognisance and initiate strict action against the artist for his offensive artwork.
Akram Hussain’s 2015 artwork featuring Lord Krishna, one of the most widely revered Hindu god who is worshipped as the eighth incarnation (avatar) of the Hindu god Vishnu, surrounded by bikini-clad “gopis”, re-invited the wrath of Netizens today. Netizens tore into the artist for depicting the Hindu god in an offensive manner.
#SecularismofMuslimArtist#BangaluruonFire— Ratan Sharda 🇮🇳 (@RatanSharda55) August 17, 2020
Hindus never burn police station nor not any public property.
Painting of Krishna by Akram Hussain at Guwahati’s state Gallery.FIR was lodged against him. Krishna with seven bikini-clad women in a bar on 14 Aug 2015. @ShekharGupta pic.twitter.com/vc7p7VeSOm
What kind of freedom is this @himantabiswa sir?— Prithwiraj Nath (@prithwimig16) August 16, 2020
painter Name: Akram Hussain.
Lord Krishna with Bikini-clad gopis in a BAR
painting is frm Guwahati art gallery in Ravindra Bhawan pic.twitter.com/cGxNBame8G
Netizens also drew parallels between the recent Bengaluru riots where a rioting Muslim mob took to street over an an allegedly ‘offensive’ Facebook post on Prophet Muhammad.
#SecularismofMuslimArtist#BangaluruonFire— rajiv tuli (@rajivtuli69) August 17, 2020
But we never burn any police station or public property.The painting of Lord Krishna by Akram Hussain at Guwahati’s state Gallery.FIR lodge agnst Assam-based artist Akram Hussain painted Hindu deity Lord Krishna along with 7 bikini-clad pic.twitter.com/8aaa0V4rpo
FIR filed against Akram Hussain for hurting religious sentiments in 2015
This is, however, not the first time that this particular painting by Akram Hussain has faced a massive backlash. The outrageous artwork, mocking the Hindu god, had back in April 2015, also faced the ire of many social media users and Hindu organisations who bayed for Hussain’s blood. Hindu Jagaran Mancha had filed an FIR at Latasil police station in Guwahati against the artist for hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus.
In April 2015, Akram Hussain’s Lord Krishna’s painting along with another preposterous artwork depicting liquor bottles and undergarments pouring out of an unfurled tricolour were displayed at a group exhibition in the Assam State Art Gallery.
The Assam branch of the All India Patriotic Forum had condemned his act of “dishonouring the national flag in the name of artistic freedom”.
Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma responds to ISKCON
Following the concerns raised by ISKCON, Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma responded. He stated that the issue has been resolved already and currently there are no such images at the art gallery.
We have resolved this issue long back. Now no such picture is there in Art Gallery. https://t.co/nmnJgjBbCc— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) August 17, 2020
Guwahati Police, too, clarified that the painting was seized back in 2015.
Pls refer to info shared by concerned citizens regarding an objectionable painting of Lord Shri Krishna. This incident is of 2015. Accordingly, Latasil PS Case No. 127/15 was registered, accused Akram Hussain arrested on 30/5/2015 & painting seized. It is not on display now.— Guwahati Police (@GuwahatiPol) August 17, 2020
Guwahati Police informed that a case no. 127/15 was registered against Akram Hussain and the painting of Lord Krishna surrounded by bikini-clad women was seized. The same is not on display now.