Nawab warns scribe against 'false' statement on exhibition

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Chennai, Mar 12 (UNI) Prince of Arcot Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali today warned French journalist Francois Gauiter allegeing that he had given a false statement to the media on the controversy over the exhibition on Mughal emperor Aurangzeb at the Lalitkala Academy here earlier this month.

The exhibition, which hit a controversy over the depiction of two temples being vandalised, was closed on March seven following protests.

In a statement here, he said, ''These statements have the effect of making shocking innuendos that I have influenced the higher authorities to get the exhibition closed.'' ''It's true that I visited the 'art exhibition', with hopes and expectations of learning something about the monarch and his times.

But my hopes were shattered,'' he said.

The Nawab said, ''I found the exhibition a complete diatribe against Aurangzeb, biased and one-sided. It would have aroused feelings of ill-will and animosity towards the minority community for the alleged acts and omissions of rulers, who lived centuries ago.'' UNI SNR JJ RC KN1609

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