In a heartening development, the Government of India is taking steps for the quashing of cases piled up against artist M.F. Hussain and facilitate his quick return :

To put an end to the litigations against renowned painter M F Husain and ensure his early return to the country, the Centre is contemplating to approach the Supreme Court for expeditious disposal of all cases arising out of his controversial paintings.

This should count as a minor victory for freedom of speech and expression, after repeated miserable defeats lately.

I’ve had countless arguments with friends about his controversial paintings. I believe that folks who don’t understand art shouldn’t be allowed to judge it. Heck, they shoudn’t even see paintings if they don’t have the intellect and eye to appreciate art.