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Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray today criticised renowned painter M F Hussain for accepting the citizenship of Qatar.


Hussain had virtually been living in exile in London and Dubai since May, 2006, after the Shiv Sena protested against his paintings, in which he had depicted the Hindu deities nude. Also, he had painted a nude woman in the shape of the map of the country titled 'Bharatmata'.


''Shiv Sena had never taken a stand that Hussain should leave India. But he left India and accepted Qatari citizenship. Why he took this decision? Hussain is a great artist, but he portrayed nude pictures of Hindu deities. He had done this time and again, and never regretted it. Why should an artist in him tease Hindus?'' Thackeray wrote in an editorial 'My Name Is Hussain' in the party mouthpiece 'Saamna'.


''Hussain, a resident of Pandharpur, should not have played with the emotions of Hindus. I may have good feelings for Hussain as an artist, but the desecration of Hindu deities by him is not the sign of a good artist,'' he said.


He also said, no one had even slapped Hussain for insulting Hindu deities and hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus. No one had dared to insult Prophet Mohammed, Mother Mary or Jesus Christ by drawing such pictures of them. In such a case, don't Hindus have a right to protest for insulting their deities.


Stating that the Muslims across the globe were up in arms against Prophet Mohammed's cartoon published in a Danish newspaper a few years ago and some Muslims here had even announced Rs 50 crore prize for killing the Danish cartoonist, Thackeray said, ''If Muslims here can get affected with a cartoon in Denmark, are the Hindus numb?,'' he said.


"Hussain could have apologised to the Hindus and closed the episode. Instead, he left the country and chose Qatar to spend his remaining life. Even some Maulanas have criticised Hussain for this", the Sena chief said.


''By his act, Hussain has lived up to his name. Filmmaker Karan Johar, who had produced the recent 'My Name Is Khan', should now produce 'My Name Is Hussain','' he said.


Criticising Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, Thackeray said, ''A Khan admires Pakistani cricketers and lives on Congress blessings without apologising to people here and a Hussain leaves the country after insulting Hindu sentiments.''


''When will he condemn Pakistanis?'' he asked and said, "Shah Rukh after the bashing by Shiv Sena recently congratulated the Indian hockey team that defeated Pakistan."


Thackeray also remembered Hussain's visit to him last year when he was admitted in Lilavati hospital and a picture of Lord Ganesh that he had presented to him on the occasion.


''Hussain, apologise and come back to your motherland, but only if you wish to do so!'' he added.








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