WEST OBSESSION WITH BABY ANGELIC CHERUBS DOES NOT FIT OUR CULTURE
ALL ORIGINAL MINIATURES CARRY ANGELS AS FULLY GROWN MEN, WOMEN.
The West is so fond of belittling our traditions and making reckless claims of our painters being inspired by influx of western paintings in the region. Calculate the number of miniatures found here and calculate the number of foreign paintings discovered here, and factually it is a very small percentage. And many of these paintings are fake made by British bureaucrats or even dealers trying to impress foreigners in purchasing things. Here no one has the nerve to check compositions or even pigments, which they routinely check otherwise. A deep sense of inferiority complex prevailed with the western visitors here, when shown unbounded creativity here. We write about it all the time. Our students depending on scholarships abroad get carried away by the propaganda all the time.
Even original miniatures are distorted by inclusion of these naughty cherubs with no link to our culture. One can plainly see the unwanted hand adding these useless images to a fine painting. Distorting our history had led to massive distortion of our visual history. A bureaucracy which could steal the gold pinnacles of the Taj Mahal, and replace it with metal, could also imagine bringing down the Taj Mahal itself to sell its marble in auction in Italy. All this greed is on record. Replacing our architecture with their grotesque architecture to hide the identity of excellence. Monument after monument they brought to the ground to spite our traditions. In Lahore thousands of monuments were erased. And the injustice of separating the mausoleum of Nur Jahan and Jahangeer for a railway line. In Delhi the destruction of the mausoleum of Zebunnisa for the new Railway Station. They could have avoided but their hearts were full of rage. In quest of their three-piece suit, they relegated the Mughal dress to the peons at hotels, as we see even today. They called the lowest rank in the army as Lance-naik, simply for Tipu Sultan belonged to the Naik tribe. We have hundreds of these examples and it is better we remember them. Twisting history, values, and our imagery as routine jugglery for them. Embarrassing our rulers all the time and finding faults with them, forgetting that not getting a divorce, Henry the eighth could have Ann Boleyn beheaded to marry again. And then took the control of the Church himself. Pity the nation which takes the imagined past of others as their heroic background!