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Krishna Kumar Singh, also known among friend circles KK and among close relative Krishna; Matriculation from Mithila High School Balour, Darbhanga in 1959, Graduated in Political Science Honours from C M College, Darbhanga, Bihar University in 1963; Joined post-graduate in Political Science the same year but dropped; joined Naxal movement under Charu Mazumdar, Kanu Sanyal, Satya Narayan Singh and Umadhar Singh in between but circumstances compelled to join literary work, clerk, proof readers etc in different publishing houses for livelihood; Finally joined journalism as career in different English newspapers and before my retirement from active journalism, I worked in The Times of India for about 19 years and retired as Chief Reporter  a few years back; continuing in journalism-reading more and more, writing more and more and praying to Almighty more and more-currently writing for different national English and Hindi dailies and magazines..

Friday, 10 June 2011


He had said," I never wanted to become clever, esoteric,abstract. I wanted to make simple statements. I wanted my canvases to have a story.I wanted my art to talk to people,"
My rich tributes to Hussain ,painter,political philosopher and passionate admirer of beuteous Bollywood actresses tstartlingly  to life and I pray to Almighty-may his soul rest in peace. This apart what an Indian like me can do on the demise of a great personality! WE, I mean us, Indian society, are part to be blamed to not give a share of last laugh  at his birth place to a great man on the earth and Hussain died in London as Qatari citizen and cremated there! We all are part of this decadent society in India! A great man born in a village in Maharashtra, later shifted to Bombay as initially painting cinemas hoardings and billboards and later rose to height in painting field throughout the world, equating himself as famous painter Piccasso-fame.Thereafter many developments had taken place in his life and by making Bombay as his "karmkshetra", Hussain touched the sky of fame And in the last phase of his life, Hussain had been caught between devil and deep sea.

Painting or righting or speaking etc are freedom of expression-these are the things not to be seen or looked with naked eyes but with heart and mind. But we Indians have strange habits of not allying hearts and minds on anything happening on the earth! For making painting of Hindu God and Godesses and making films to raise voice against unIslamic culture, written in Quoran, Hussain has to pay heavy prices. Lot of criminal cases were lodged against him when he was on tour to foreign countries a few years back. His house was vandalised in Bombay by Hindu outfits activists and both Muslims and Hindu  have gone after his bloods. For some time,,he remained in different countries of the globe for shelter but when matter worsened, Hussain moved to Qatar where he was offerred Qatari citizenship and he accepted it gladly and started remaining there. But love for motherland India never died from his heart-many of us met him in foreign countries and exchanged the reminiscenes with Hussain.
Shame to us and Indians as a whole, who could do nothing to get back Hussain  to his motherland, And he crazed for Bombay faluda before his death as narrated by eminent writer and social activist Shobha Dey, who met a few hours ago with Hussan in London.Mainly the successive union governments and politicians of all hues are to be blamed for such maltreatment to Hussain. But we Indian remained silent! Does this not prove that we all Indians are to be blamed? I consider this is slur on secular democratic country like India!
Strange are the ways in India. Currently, we are crying for rampant corruption, money stashed in abroad banks and countries of neo-rich Indians etc but Hussan's honour, dignity, his bringing back to his motherland never became an issue-and we remained silent like cowards-we could not enegise us to protest against illtreatment to Hussain! This is our India  where we can assemble in thousands for non-issues like demolition of mandir, masjid and many other issues but when the matter of crux come like food to poor in majority of India's rural areasr and other basic amenities , we keep silence-this does not prove that We are "murda ka desh hai."
I strongly blame every Indians for treatment with Hussain and he was compelled to accept the offer of Qartar government for citizenship and subsequently died in London and cremated there.
Last but not the least, if such trend continues and people start glorifying Babas, Sadhi, self-styled Mahatma Gandhi type men and politicians, who are no better than thieves except a few, generation to come will ask us how this happened and history will be with such sad aspects, happening in India.
K K Singh, journalist, retired as chief reporter, Times of India and continues in profession,  based at Patna.
e;mail: kks1942@yahoo.com

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