India to revoke journalist Aatish Taseer’s overseas ID

Elias Hubbard
November 9, 2019

The home ministry also said that Taseer had been given an opportunity to represent his side but he had failed to do so.

Mr Taseer has contested the accusation in an article published on Time. He put out a part of his email exchange with the Indian consul general in NY on social media.

"Their relationship occurred when they were both resident in the United Kingdom and Salman Taseer stated (accurately) that he was a U.K. citizen and passport holder", Mr. Aatish Taseer said in his reply sent to the Indian Consulate in NY, which was acknowledged by Deputy Consul-General Shatrughna Sinha.

"Their relationship occurred when they were both resident in the United Kingdom and Salmaan Taseer stated [accurately] that he was a UK citizen and passport holder", The Hindu quoted Aatish as saying in his reply sent to the Indian Consulate in NY. The ministry had responded on Twitter to a Nov 7 article by online news portal ThePrint, that said his OCI status was under review possibly because of his political views.

At the peak of the general elections in May this year, Mr Taseer, known for his views against Hindu fundamentalism, had authored an article for Time that questioned if India can "endure another five years of a Modi government". "Something about the timing, the headline ("India's Divider in Chief") and the image of Modi sent his supporters into a fury".

Taseer reacted to the Modi government's decision, in a column in TIME saying: "I had expected a reprisal, but not a severing".

Mr Taseer has argued he was born out of wedlock and was not in contact with his father until he was 21. He moved to India at the age of 2, where he was raised by a single mother, Tavleen Singh, who is a noted Indian columnist. Why is the Government Sending Me Into Exile?", he wrote: "India is my country.

In his recent article titled as "I am Indian".

Curiously, most of the online attacks against Taseer harness the fact that his father was a Pakistani. "Are they [opposition parties] expecting government not to take action if the facts come about the breaking of the rules", he said.

Earlier on May 9, Taseer had written the cover story for the US-based weekly news magazine which is a critique of India's current political scenario.

His mother too has suggested that the move could be linked to his views.

Penning his reaction for Time, also the publication that carried the original article at the heart of the controversy, Taseer clarifies the question of his citizenship. Tavleen Singh responded to Tharoor and wrote, "And, worrying to see that they do not check their own records or they may have noticed my application for him to live in India when I brought him here aged two".

According to Home Ministry guidelines, one of the grounds on which OCI registration can be cancelled is when it "becomes necessary to do so in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity and security of India".

The ministry also tweeted that Taseer had been given time to dispute the notice, but said he had not done so.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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