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An Article calling Modi “Divider in Chief” cost Aatish Taseer’s OCI card

New Delhi, Nov 8: Indian government has revoked UK-born writer Aatish Taseer’s Overseas Citizenship of India status by accusing him of concealing the fact that his late father Salmaan Taseer was a Pakistani national but actually he has been sent to exile because of the Time magazine article in May in which Taseer accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi the “Divider-in-Chief

Accusing him of concealing the fact that his late father Salmaan Taseer was a Pakistani national, the government has revoked author Aatish Taseer’s Overseas Citizen of India card.

The Home Ministry spokesperson said said Taseer becomes ineligible to hold an OCI card, as per the Citizenship Act, 1955, as the OCI card is not issued to any person whose parents or grandparents are Pakistanis and he concealed this fact.

The 38-year-old writer is the son of late Pakistani politician Salmaan Taseer and Indian journalist Tavleen Singh.

The Home Ministry said he has not been complying with “very basic requirements” and concealing information.
He, however, countered the government saying he had not been given enough time to respond to the charges. But he had “comprehensively replied” to the August 13 notice and now plans to legally challenge the revocation of his OCI status.

“Aatish Ali Taseer, while submitting his PIO (Persons of Indian Origin) application, concealed the fact that his late father was of Pakistani origin,” Home Ministry spokesperson Vasudha Gupta tweeted.

As per the Citizenship Act, if the registration as an OCI card holder was obtained by means of fraud, false representation or concealment of any material fact, the registration as OCI card holder shall be cancelled. The person will also be blacklisted thereby banning his or her future entry into India.

The home ministry spokesperson said Taseer was given the opportunity to submit his reply/objection regarding his Person of India Origin/OCI cards, but he failed to dispute the notice.

PM Modi and AMit Shah are not in a habit of taking criticism in good manner.Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah of using the “Trishul” of Central Bureau of Investigation, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax against their opponents.

Jairam Ramesh compared the three agencies with the three spokes of a ‘Trishul’ (Trident) which is in the hands of both the leaders.

“Mr Amit Shah and Mr Narendra Modi have a very powerful instrument in their hands-the Trishul. In the Trishul there are three things to poke you, the CBI, the ED and the Income Tax,” said Jairam Ramesh here on Wednesday.

Jairam Ramesh also accused Union Home Minister Amit hah with using the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) as “political instruments to divide the country and polarize society on religious lines”.


OCI status allows foreign citizen of Indian-origin to travel to India visa-free and gives them the right to live and work in the country indefinitely.

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