M F Husain surrender his Indian passport in Doha.
March 8, 2010 1:00am CST
DUBAI: Legendry painter M F Husain , who was recently grented Qatari citzenship, has surrendered his Indian passport to the country's misssion in Doha, a media rrport on Monday. 95-year-old Husain, revered by many as India's Picasso, on Sunday went to the country's mission in Doha and surrendered his Indian passport, the Gulf Times reported. Husain, who has been living in self-imposed exile for nearly four years following a spate of cases in india over his controversia paintings of Hindu goddesses, had accepted Qatar's offer and would no longer be an Indian, his son Wwais Huasin said recently. India does not recognize dual citizenship. So, ''in such a situation, surrendering passport by the person concerned is mandatory and Husain has only done that,'' and Indian Embassy offical was quoted as saying by the paper. The artist has also applied for overseas Citizen of India card, the mission sources said, adding the embassy has facilitated all requirements for him to obtain the OCI card. He also had a nearly two-hour meeting with Indian Ambassador in Qatar Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa, the sources said. Husain, who shuttles between Dubai and London, went in exile after a hate compaign was launched against him in 2006 over his controversial paintings.