The CPI(M) Polit Bureau deeply mourned the demise of eminent artist M.F. Husain and hailed him as “one of modern India's most iconic artists.”

The Polit Bureau, now in session here, in a statement on Friday, said that apart from the signal contributions he made through his paintings and other creative activity in strengthening the aesthetic traditions of India, Husain richly contributed to advancing India's syncretic civilisational ethos. Though he passed away at the ripe age of 97, his absence would be dearly felt in this respect.

‘Exile unfortunate'

It was most unfortunate, the party said, that Husain had to stay away from India in a self-imposed exile since 2006. The CPI(M) had steadfastly protested against the harassment of Husain by the Hindutva communal forces. It was a pity that the government of the day did not heed the voice of powerful solidarity in the country to facilitate the artist's return to India.

“Husain's death must galvanise the movement to safeguard and strengthen the syncretic civilisational ethos of India, firmly adhering to secular democratic traditions,” the Polit Bureau said.

It conveyed its deep-felt condolences to Husain's family members, activist-painter son Shamshad and other members of the artist fraternity.

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