Monday, September 17, 2012

Dragon spews Godhra fire

Even as an Indian delegation from Gujarat is exploring trade and business opportunitiesin China, an artexhibition in Beijing is showcasing atrocities on Muslims during the Godhra riots through a video presentation.
    The Godhra video is being screened atthe‘Indian Highway’ gallery organized by Serpentine Gallery, London, and the Astrup Feamley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway.
    Another exhibit shows how foreign oilcompanieslikeONGC and Indian Oil are threatening China’s energy security. The art work by famous Chinese artist Wang Mai reflects Beijing’s growing intolerance to ONGC’s exploration workin SouthChina Sea.
    The Chinese foreign ministry has repeatedly asked India to withdrawfrom oilexploration in islands disputed by China and Vietnam.Wang’s work is a huge structure representing an offshore oil drilling platform in the sea withsignscarrying namesof foreign oil companies including ONGC, which are participating in the exploration and drilling in the disputed islands.
    It is being exhibited in the room adjacent to the halls containing the exhibits for the ‘Indian Highway’ gallery at Ullens Center of Contemporary Art in Beijing’s famous 798 Art District.The ‘Indian Highway’ gallery also initially contained a video critical of the situation in Nagaland. But it was withdrawn following protests by some Beijing-based Indians, who felt that citizens of Communist China would not appreciate India’s tradition of free political discourse.
    The exhibition — the Indian ambassador to China S Jaishankar inaugurated it — contains a short film by Tejal Shah discussing the atrocities on Muslims in Gujarat during the Godhra riots, and its effect on Indian democracy.
    An accompanying description put up next to the TV monitor showing the video says, “The video piece ‘I love my India’ addresses responses to a Muslim genocide…”“Take a gun andkill. That is the trend. There is no democracy left,” one of the persons being interviewed in the film is shown as saying. “The corrupt government is ruining it all,” a woman is heard saying in the film, which has curiously been approved andtoleratedby Indian officials in different countries.