Should our judgement of art — paintings, poetry, literature, films — take into account the moral and political merit of the artist and his or her message? Or should we judge art through something other than our moral and political filters?  That’s the interesting debate Dhanuka Bandara takes up in the Sri Lankan Nation: Since today the academia has become the location for competing ideologies, critical interest in analyzing the politics in a text has become the more fashionable practice. In their assiduous efforts to remain politically ‘progressive’ and ‘radical’ dons and students alike disregard the technical and stylistic aspect of a given text at the expense of the politics that it endorses or rejects. It is easy to label a text as ‘orientalist’,…