M. F. Husain gets Qatar citizenship
India’s greatest and most celebrated artist, M. F. Husain, has been conferred Qatar nationality. Husain did not apply for Qatar nationality and that it was conferred upon him at the instance of the emirate’s ruling family which has modern outlook..
India does not allow dual citizenship, even though it has instituted the category of the ‘Overseas Indian Citizen.’ The 95 year old artist may seek to acquire OIC status after completing the due procedures.
Since 2006, when the Hindutva hate campaign against him escalated, Husain has been living in Dubai, spending his summers in London. His work now is mostly towards two large projects, the history of Indian civilisation and the history of Arab civilisation. The latter was commissioned by Qatar’s powerful first lady – Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al Missned, wife of the emirate’s ruler, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. The works will be housed in a separate museum in Doha.