GUWAHATI, Feb 29 � Expressing grave concern over the defacing of the city�s walls which were bearing artistic works depicting aesthetically the State�s rich socio-cultural heritage and the people�s lifestyles under the pretext of election campaigning by the Youth Congress members, the All Assam Visual Artists� Association (AAVAA) today termed the act as �utterly irresponsible and an insult to art and the artistes, and also to the people of the State.�
In a statement, AAVAA said the act of defacing the artistically decorated walls amounted to an insult to the State�s heritage and that the ruling party owed an explanation for this act of vandalism on the part of their young cadres.
�We raise this question � was there no other place for the Youth Congress activists to put up their posters instead of destroying the art work that had added to the beauty of the city and had earned appreciation from all rational-thinking people.
It may be recalled that about three years back, the walls near important locations of the city were decorated with wall-painting depicting the State�s cultural heritage. A team of distinguished artistes, budding artistes and school students were involved in the painstaking initiative with support from the administration.
�Significantly, this defacing has been done by those who profess to serve the people and who are likely to be entrusted with the onerous responsibility of governing the State in the days ahead. We would like to ask them what kind of civilized behaviour they are exhibiting� we condemn this barbarism in the strongest possible terms,� it said.