India revoked the citizenship of Aatish Taseer, a New York-based author and journalist for calling Narendra Modi ‘India’s Divider In Chief‘. The Modi government isn’t just using Bollywood for publicity but also cracking down on naysayers.
The spokesperson of the Ministry of Home Affairs of India said that India had other reasons to cancel Aatish Taseer’s citizenship.
The spokesperson of the Ministry of Home Affairs of India tweeted that Aatish Taseer had failed to answer the ministry’s questions about his Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cards.
“Thus, Mr. Aatish Ali Taseer becomes ineligible to hold an OCI card, as per the Citizenship Act, 1955. He has clearly not complied with very basic requirements and hidden information,”
Mr. Taseer was given the opportunity to submit his reply/objections regarding his PIO/OCI cards, but he failed to dispute the notice.
— Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Affairs (@PIBHomeAffairs) November 7, 2019
The journalist disputed the Indian authorities claims tweeting that he had responded to their notice.
“This is untrue. Here is the Consul General’s acknowledgment of my reply. I was given not the full 21 days, but rather 24 hours to reply. I’ve heard nothing from the ministry since.,”
This is untrue. Here is the Consul General’s acknowledgment of my reply. I was given not the full 21 days, but rather 24 hours to reply. I’ve heard nothing from the ministry since. https://t.co/z7OtTaLLeO pic.twitter.com/t3LBWUtkdi
— Aatish Taseer (@AatishTaseer) November 7, 2019
The Indian government’s censorship of any critique and crackdown on naysayers is nothing new. Seems Aatish Taseer is just another public figure to join the list.
This instance is not much different from Indian-American comedian Hasan Minhaj being blacklisted from ‘Howdy Modi‘ over his critical views about the Indian PM.
Who is Aatish Taseer?
New York-based author and journalist Aatish Taseer is the son of the late Salman Taseer and Indian journalist, Tavleen Singh. The late Salman Taseer was the governor of Punjab, in Pakistan, before he was gunned down in 2011.
A few months ago Aatish Taseer wrote a cover story for the Times in which he had dubbed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as ‘India’s Divider In Chief‘. In his cover story, Aatish wondered whether India could endure five more years under Modi rule.
Aatish also wrote a piece on Prime Minister Imran Khan for Vanity Fair.