A pen in the hands of a writer or a brush
in the hands of an artist may be mightier
than the sword in the hands of a warrior,
in the sense that they can invade the regions
of politics, religion or any other regions
pertaining to welfare of humans on earth.
However the mighty pen or brush cannot
save their masters from the verbal attack
by the injured hearts or threat of physical
attack by the extremists.The cow as long
as it is tied to a pole by the chain , is safe
in grassland. In case, it snatches the chain
and escapes , it falls prey to leopard or tiger.
Same is the case of pen or brush. If they try to
violate the boundaries of the spheres allotted
to them ( by way of negative handling of the
sensitive issues), they have to face the inevitable
consequences. M.F. Hussain,the painter, known as
”Picasso of India” had to live in exile because he
injured the sentiments of the Hindus through
the nude depiction of the Hindu Goddesses. Salman Rushdie
faced the anger of the people of his community because
of his controversial novel namely ”Satanic Verses”,
about Prophet Muhammed.Indian journalist and
reporter J, Dey was killed by the criminal elements
that were against him. These instances make us doubt
the power of pen and brush against their ability to save
their masters from the attacks either verbal or physical.
By Vani Hegde.