Thursday, March 11, 2010

Try this creativity in Qatar, Husain: Guruji

No other country is as tolerant as India, says Art of Living founder and spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Maqbool Fida Husain (95) surrendered his Indian passport to the country's mission in Doha (Qatar) on Monday. The artist has become a Qatar citizen after living in self-imposed exile in Dubai for four years. M F Husain had left the country following threats and protests following his portrayal of Hindu goddesses in the nude.

The painter known for his eccentricities as much as for his art, whether it was walking barefoot in South Mumbai's Willingdon Club or strolling on Mumbai streets and into page 3 parties with a giant paintbrush, continues to be associated with controversy.

Now, Art of Living (AOL) guru, Sri Sri Ravishankar has decided to speak out asking whether M F Husain would show the same 'creativity' and same spirit with Islamic heroes as he has done with Hindu goddesses and would he, then, be able to retain his Qatari citizenship?

Not just in Qatar but also in many countries of the world, he would not be able to retain citizenship. No other country is as tolerant as India, said the globe trotting Guruji, from Rishikesh where he is currently. Read More from Mid-Day

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