SOUTHASIA CRICKET ARTISTNewspaper reports say Maqbool Fida Husain has accepted the citizenship of Qatar.

This means that the legendary Indian painter and (sometime film director) has by default given up his Indian citizenship at the age of 94.

The decision comes after Husain’s “voluntary exile” since 2006 over court cases lodged against him for painting Hindu deities in the nude.

Many people have spoken out in his support all these years but the support was apparently not enough to keep him from in effect renouncing his citizenship.

So who is responsible for things turning out this way?

Is it the government?

For not doing enough to make him feel secure and alleviating what some saw as needless harassment of a senior artist.

After all, even small time politicians in provincial towns are able to get personal security and carbine-toting guards.