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Thursday, 9 June 2011

Farewell, Husain sahab

We mourn you, Husain sahab, with these lines from Bahadurshah Zafar, the exiled poet who like you lamented:
        Do gaz zameen bhi na mili koo-e-yaar mein

If only the powers-that-be would make amends now, and let your body return here to be buried in this soil!

PS: Pl see the op-ed I wrote for the Indian Express, New Delhi, 14 March 2010 shortly after the conferment of Qatari nationality on M F Husain. It is titled  'Secular Indian Muslim' in this Archive.


  1. death of a true genius..though we lost him years ago today`s newsflash is really sad! may he find his place in heaven and continue to live in many hearts across the world and through his paintings. hope one day I can afford to bring him home.

  2. The lines from Bahadurshah Zafar echo my sentiments for MF Husain exactly.... sad and a great loss for India.Truly a legend.