Maqbool Fida Husain at work
decries Husain's exclusion from annual art fair:
the country gears up for its annual art fair - India Art Summit -
August 19-22, the name missing from the summit rolls...
With India's Supreme Court ruling in his favour, artist M.F. Husain
has spoken of hopes that the changing political scenarios in the
country will ease his return home after eight years in self-exile.
"The Supreme Court judgement is there. That is the
judgement," the painter, who works out of London and Dubai, said
"I never said I won’t go back. I didn’t feel it was
time. Because the political scenarios keep on changing, so I’m
hoping… all the time," he told an audience at the Nehru Centre in
Although there is no ban on his return, the
94-year-old painter has faced years of violent protests by Hindu
militants after he painted Indian goddesses in the nude.
But the Supreme Court ruled in the artist’s favour in
September 2008 when it threw out an attempt to launch criminal
proceedings against him for allegedly hurting public sentiments
through his paintings.
Asked Wednesday if the new government could do
anything to enable him to return home, Husain said, "Actually, there
is no ban on my return. I’m working outside - for the past 60 years
I’ve been doing like that."
"I can go back anytime," said Husain.