M.F. Husain's epic work 'Mahabharata: The Battle of Ganga and Jamuna' fetching a world record of $1.6 million at the Christie's sale is the best example of situational irony in a nation that has virtually exiled its finest living artist. The world record can perhaps silence hardline Hindu groups.
Particularly in the backdrop of the auction world, an art boom in which an artist's inspiration has more to do with bankability rather than art, this work, painted in 1971-72, dealing with the cosmic civil war between right and wrong, highlights the importance of morality at its very core.
Using gods and goddesses from Hindu mythology was something Husain, who now lives in Dubai, began doing decades ago. It had nothing to do with the prejudice of religion; nothing to do with a Muslim artist exploiting Hindu symbolism - it had everything to do with the universality of Hinduism's symbol and structure.