Citizenship and National Identity
Legendary painter M.F. Husain, who was granted Qatari citizenship, has surrendered his Indian passport to the country's mission in Doha, a media report said today. After handing over his passport Husain said ‘India is my motherland and I simply cannot leave that country. What I have surrendered is just a piece of paper,’ he further added, ‘Art is universal and something that transcends all artificial boundaries. I am just a living being in the universe created by God. I will have a small patch of land on the earth when I die. Where I am going to be buried on this earth is not a problem that affects me.’ He also clarified that, ‘I have not abandoned India. Though I consider myself a world ...