Chennai’s Loyola College, issued an apology on Monday after right-wing groups alleged that a few paintings that the college exhibited at it’s cultural event hurt Hindu sentiments.
In a statement, the college said: “We acknowledge our lapse and sincerely apologize for the insurmountable hurt this has caused.”
The exhibition was part of a two-day folk festival titled ‘Veethi Virudhu Vizha’. Some of the paintings displayed have allegedly shown Bharat Mata as a victim of #MeToo. Some also displayed PM Modi as a follower of Imperialism and the RSS connection to the murder of Gauri Lankesh.
According to the college, they had removed the exhibits the moment they noticed it. The BJP has however, filed a complaint with the police against Loyola College. Also the party’s Tamil Nadu President Tamilisai Soundararajan has condemned the event for its offending exhibits.
A complainant said, “The college called this programme ‘street award festival’ but it had nothing to do with it. What does street awards mean? Is it to insult our symbols our nation? Our PM? Is it to degrade everything?”
The controversy had however, started after a painting had a caption that read: “Bharat Mata is a victim of #MeToo.”