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MF Husain paints portrait of Tarique Ghaffur

world Updated: Nov 10, 2008 13:45 IST

In a rare gesture, renowned Indian artist M F Husain has painted a portrait of UK's ethnic Asian police officer Tarique Ghaffur, who had charged the Metropolitan police of racism.

Husain, who is living in self-imposed exile following controversy over his paintings back home, invited Ghaffur to meet him and painted his portrait in recognition of his 34 years of decorated police career.

Husain then wrote a personal tribute to Ghaffur recognising his public duty and contribution to policing.

Maqbool Fida Husain was born on September 17, 1915 in Maharashtra. He is one of the most famous contemporary artists of India, both at the national as well as the international level.

So huge is the popularity of his paintings that he was once called as the 'Picasso of India' by the Forbes magazine.

"It was a privilege to meet Husain and given his talent and profile I feel humbled to have been recognised by him in this way particularly given that he does not often paint personal portraits," Tarique Ghaffur told PTI last night.

The senior most Asian officer in the British capital's Metropolitan Police was suspended from his job after he accused the head of the force of racial discrimination.

Uganda-born Ghaffur, whose parents were from Pakistan, had claimed Metropolitan Police and Commissioner Sir Ian Blair had discriminated against him "over a long period of time" and sidelined him from his job in charge of security for the 2012 Olympics.