Hussain died at the Royal Brompton hospital in London on Thursday at 2:30am. 95-year-old Hussain was on a self-imposed exile and living in Qatar. He died of lung congestion.
Hussain lived in exile and accepted Qatari citizenship as he enraged Indian Hindu groups like - Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena and Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the groups attacked his house. The artist allegedly received life-threats many time from these Hindu-outfits.
Controversies started when Hussain, despite several dire warnings, continued to depict nude Hindu deities or Hindu Gods in sexual union. Hussain always claimed that no one can bind art in a certain limit. Freedom of expression always acquired a place in Hussain's work of art.
Sources confirmed that Hussain's body would be buried in London on Friday, Jun 10. Now, several political parties like BJP, Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) demanded Hussain's last rite to be performed in India.
Even Hussain's dire critique, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray paid tribute to the barefoot artist as Thackeray said, "Damage may have been caused to modern art due to his demise. That's all. May Allah give him peace."
"Husain was a national asset and his contribution to the field of Indian art can never be overlooked. Whatever controversies happened should be laid to rest with his passing and if his family wishes to bring back the mortal remains home, it should be allowed," added Thackeray.