- The Home Ministry tweeted on Thursday that Taseer hid information about his father being Pakistani.
- Congress leader Shashi Tharoor tweeted – Is our government so weak that it scared a journalist
India’s special citizenship has been taken away from Atish Taseer, who criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a Time magazine article just before the general election this year. The Foreign Ministry tweeted on Thursday night that Taseer is ineligible to hold the Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card under the Citizenship Act of 1955.
They did not fulfill the basic requirements for this and hid some information. Taseer did not provide information that his father is a Pakistani citizen.
India remove special citizenship from Atish Taseer
On this, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor tweeted criticizing the government. He said, “It is painful to see an official spokesperson of the government making a wrong claim. However, a claim that can be easily denied. More sadly, this is happening in a democracy. Also, is our government so weak that it scared a journalist? ”
“Govt. considers revoking Author Aatish Ali Tasser’s OCI card after his Time article..”, as reported by #ThePrint, is a complete misrepresentation and is devoid of any facts.
— Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Affairs (@PIBHomeAffairs) November 7, 2019
What is the Overseas Citizenship of India?
Dual citizenship is not valid in India under citizenship law. However, the Overseas Citizenship of India card introduced as an alternative to this, after continuously rising demands. This allows foreign nationals of Indian origin to come to India without a visa and to work indefinitely. However, Atish Taseer was also an OCI cardholder.
What did Taseer say on the foreign ministry’s tweet?
The Foreign Ministry said Taseer given full time to respond. However, Taseer tweeted that it a false claim. He posted a photo of the Consul General’s email and wrote in response, “I was given not 24 days but only 24 hours to respond. However, the ministry has not responded to my words since then. ”