Artist Brij Mohan Anand worked with map and graphic news agency KBK during war and peace
While the proposed Geospatial Information Regulation Bill (or GI Bill) has led to much debate about the Union government’s stringent stand on unsanctioned depictions of India’s frontiers, a book on the late artist Brij Mohan Anand shows that the drawing of national boundaries has always been a prickly issue. The biography, Narratives For Indian Modernity: The Aesthetic Of Brij Mohan Anand, has many interesting facts about the man’s oeuvre. Anand, who died in 1986, was a maverick artist who made scratchboards, watercolours and oil paintings on a multitude of political issues. Yet he was better known as a commercial illustrator who made the covers of school textbooks, and the jackets of immensely popular Hindi pulp fiction titles, also known as “pocket books", for writers like Ved Prakash, Shaukat Thanvi, Teerathram Ferozpuri and Hindi cinema screenwriter Gulshan Nanda.